Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
On April 23, 2013, commission staff of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission filed a complaint against Waste Management of Washington, Inc., d/b/a Waste Management - Northwest, Waste Management - South Sound, Waste Management of Seattle, and Waste Management - Sno-King (collectively Waste Management). The allegations in the complaint arise from a commission investigation into the business practices of Waste Management related to service during and immediately following a labor strike from July 25, 2012, through August 2, 2012. The complaint alleges that Waste Management violated its legal obligations under Title 81 RCW with respect to rates, services, facilities, and practices.
On May 13, 2013, Waste Management filed an answer to the complaint.
The commission held a prehearing conference in this matter on June 6, 2013. The parties filed a full Settlement Agreement on August 8, 2013.
On September 4, 2013, the commission entered its final order in this proceeding approving the Settlement Agreement. Under the agreement, Waste Management acknowledges that it failed to provide pick-up service to its customers during a labor strike from July 25, 2012, through August 2, 2012, and will pay a $20,000 monetary penalty for violating RCW 81.28.080 and WAC 480-70-236. Waste Management also agrees to provide one-time bill credits ranging from $1.50 to $25.00 to its customers in those areas of King and Snohomish counties where its service is regulated by the commission.
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