When Walmart decided to build a new swimming pool in South Jersey, they didn’t expect to find it in a Walmart parking lot.
Instead, they had a dream: a giant swimming pool filled with more than 1,000 people.
When the project was completed in 2010, it was the largest indoor pool in the world.
Walmart eventually expanded the pool to accommodate a larger audience.
When asked how Walmart became a pool paradise, Walmart spokeswoman Erin Doolittle said the company has always been about “creating the best, most sustainable, and environmentally friendly pool environments.”
Doolitt said Walmart was “a pioneer in building swimming pools that are safe, healthy, and fun for our guests.”
Dookis said that Walmart’s commitment to sustainability was “absolutely key” to the company’s decision to open its first pool in America.
“We have been using a lot of environmentally friendly materials for a long time, and we’re really excited about this new one,” Dookies said.
She said Walmart’s decision “shows us we have to really think about how we are using our resources, how we’re using our environment.”
Doodles response is a good start, but Walmart’s new swimming pools have been controversial for years.
The company has been accused of poisoning its own employees and of polluting the air and water with toxic chemicals.
And Walmart’s reputation for toxic waste is well-documented.
The Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, said Walmart and its suppliers in 2011 “failed to meet minimum standards for cleaning water and hazardous waste.”
And the company admitted in a 2012 letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it “has violated and/or is violating environmental law, regulatory requirements, and company policies and practices.”
“It’s a little bit scary,” said Mike Bostrom, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who has researched Walmart’s environmental reputation.
“Walmart is a very, very big company and they have to get its act together.”
Walmart is not alone in the environmental concerns surrounding its swimming pool.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Walmart and other companies have been found to have violated environmental regulations at least 20 times over the past 20 years.
In the early 1990s, the company was fined $1.5 million for poisoning its employees with a neurotoxin, and more than a dozen Walmart employees died after inhaling toxic waste at its South Jersey factory.
In 2010, the Justice Department charged Walmart with violating federal environmental laws by allowing a toxic chemical used to make polychlorinated biphenyls to be sprayed on the floor of a warehouse in the town of Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
Walmart has also been the subject of lawsuits alleging it violated the Clean Water Act by allowing toxic waste to be dumped into a river near a Walmart store in South Florida.
And last year, the Associated Press reported that the company had been sued in federal court for failing to adequately protect its own workers from toxic chemicals at its factory in Mexico.
“If Walmart doesn’t want to be in the water, it needs to get out of the water,” said Mark Bittman, a senior vice president with the Center for Public Integrity.
“I think Walmart is doing its part, but it needs more.”
Walmart’s current pool is the company only pool in New Jersey.
Doodies said that the new pool will be built in partnership with the state of Delaware.
“It was a huge leap forward for us,” Doodys said.
“Our first pool is a fantastic venue to showcase our brand.
We have a long history of partnering with Delaware, and that’s going to continue.”
Walmart has long been an environmentally friendly company.
Its workers have long been treated with respect and dignity.
In addition to its swimming pools and recreational facilities, the Walmart Foundation works to conserve natural resources and is committed to providing a healthy environment.
In January, Walmart announced it had created a $2 billion environmental stewardship fund to help it make the necessary investments.
Dookias said the foundation has also worked with Walmart to invest in green technologies, including the purchase of a solar power plant that will be located at its new pool.
And in March, Walmart’s employees voted to support a proposal to phase out toxic waste from its facilities.