The Home Depot USA has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a lawsuit alleging violations of anti-pollution rules and laws prohibiting false and misleading advertising in connection with sales of paints and other coatings containing illegal smog-forming ingredients, air quality officials said.
Home Depot, the nation’s largest home improvement chain, signed the agreement earlier this week with the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the district attorneys of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, SCAQMD Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein said. Under the terms of the settlement, Home Depot admits no liability in connection with the allegations.
“Paints and other coatings are one of our largest sources of air pollution,” Wallerstein said in a prepared statement. “Since the Southland has the most severe air pollution problem in the nation, our standards limiting the polluting ingredients must be enforced.”
The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in June 2011 against Home Depot alleging that it sold tens of thousands of gallons of coating products between 2009 and 2010 containing excessive levels of volatile organic compounds.