Kmart's distribution center in Lawrence was one of among 17 centers that had violated federal environmental regulations, drawing a $102,422 fine to settle with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The corporation disclosed its own violations of clean water, hazardous waste and emergency planning and preparedness regulations in distribution centers in 13 states.
John Askew, EPA Region 7 administrator in Kansas City, Kan., said the company would have been fined $1.6 million if the company hadn't self-disclosed its violations.
"In this case, Kmart discovered its own violations and came forward with a plan to fix the problems," Askew said in a statement.
The violations were found in a 2004 audit done by outside consultants.
Violations found at the Lawrence distribution center, 2400 Kresge Road, include:
¢ Failure to implement a spill prevention, containment and countermeasure plan.
¢ Failing to obtain pollutant discharge elimination permits.
¢ Not properly labeling hazardous waste containers.
¢ Not designating an emergency coordinator.
¢ Not notifying local or state emergency planning committees and failing to file a material safety data sheet.