A major US broadcast service has been hit with a major fine for improperly disposing of their electronic waste.

DirecTV, bought by AT&T for $48.5 billion in 2015, will pay $9.5 million to settle allegations that its California facilities unlawfully dumped hazardous waste.

All to Landfill

The investigation found that all 25 DirecTV facilities in California had failed to properly dispose of electronic devices, as well as batteries, aerosol cans, and other hazardous materials – all of which ended up in landfills.

DirecTV didn’t acknowledge any wrongdoing, however, the company has agreed to take measures to properly dispose of hazardous waste in the future.

Whether or not we see a real difference remains to be seen.

Small Punishment

Whilst this appears to be a large fine, it is unlikely to cause any real headaches for the broadcaster, especially when it is owned by a business such as AT&T.

This then raises questions about whether or not the fine will cause any real change to be actioned.

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