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Statement by GVP Brooke Buchanan regarding recent EPA decision

Whole Foods Market signed an administrative resolution with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 to resolve recordkeeping and cataloging issues related to common consumer products that may become waste at stores located in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  No specific environmental impact has been alleged.

The products in question, which are classified as hazardous waste when they can no longer be used for their intended purpose, include items like nail polish remover, certain products containing alcohol (i.e. hand sanitizer), liquor and certain vitamins.  This often occurs when a product is opened and returned by a customer and can no longer be returned to the stores’ shelves.

Whole Foods Market has implemented a comprehensive compliance program that is designed to assist our Team Members to properly manage the limited number of products that may be regulated by EPA when they can no longer be used for their intended purpose. The company has extended the implementation of the program to all of its U.S. stores and facilities and, in partnership with the EPA, has committed to training and sharing best practices with businesses in Region 6 to support efforts to improve environmental compliance efforts across industries.   

Whole Foods Market’s environmental compliance measures include:

The enhanced environmental management program that Whole Foods Market worked with EPA to develop goes beyond the compliance requirements that apply under the law.  EPA recognized these extensive efforts in the administrative resolution.

Whole Foods Market takes environmental stewardship extremely seriously.  By working in partnership with the EPA, we were able to resolve the issues in the five states, enhance our existing environmental management program and extend the rollout of those improved best practices across the company.                      

Types of Products (Important note: This list in not exhaustive):

 

Contact Information:

Robin Kelly
Robin.Kelly@wholefoods.com
201.567.2090 x411