Home Depot fined in New Jersey

State regulators in New Jersey have fined Home Depot Inc. for $230,000 for running generators during two of the state’s “poor air quality days” and allegedly not fulfulfilling requirements to keep records of the testing.

The state says Home Depot tested generators in all 68 of its New Jersey stores on May 26 and Aug. 18, days the state prohibited such tests because of air quality regulations. Those tests were run remotely from the retailer’s Atlanta headquarters.

“We have been in touch with the (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) for the past several months,” said Jen King, Home Depot spokeswoman, in a statement. “We are aware of these allegations but are unable to confirm the charges without further details from the State regarding this alleged wrong-doing.”

The statement added: “We strive to comply with all local rules and regulations in the communities where we do business. As a matter of business and community continuity, all of our stores have an emergency back-up generator to ensure our associates and customers get out of the building safely during a power outage, natural disaster or other emergency.”

The company has the option of appealing the fine, and King said Home Depot still is reviewing all its options.

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