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Scotts Miracle Gro Fined $12.5 Million in Pesticide Case

NOTE: As SafeLawns reported back in January, Scotts Miracle Gro pleaded guilty to illegal sales and labeling of pesticides. At the time, the fine was believed to be $4.5 million. Today the EPA announced the total will be $12.5 million: CONTACT: Enesta Jones jones.enesta@epa.gov 202-564-7873 202-564-4355 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2012 Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million in Criminal Fines and C ...

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Analyze This: Three Years & More than 1,000 SafeLawns Posts Later

With the rest of the world already caught on to the phenomenon known as "blogging," I finally got around to it on June 18, 2009. Why June 18? I have no recollection, really, about why I picked that day to launch what soon became a personal obsession. More than 1,000 SafeLawns posts later, most of them written by yours truly, I remain grateful that enough sponsoring partners and daily readers have conspired ...

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Scotts Lawn Service Fined $160,000 for Intentionally Polluting Water

Coming just a month after Scotts Miracle Gro pleaded guilty in federal court to falsifying documents and selling bird seed tainted with pesticide, a the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Pennsylvania branch of Scotts Lawn Service $160,000 for dumping its waste water directly into a stream. In June of 2010 a Scotts employee built a syphon system to drain a tank of remaining weed ...

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The Money Trail . . . It’s Tough to Keep the Path, and Hands, Truly Clean

For nearly two decades the New England Grows trade show has been among our favorite annual dates on the calendar. For me, it's where I cut my proverbial teeth in the horticulture industry, first as a landscaper, then as a publisher and television host and in recent years as an activist. When you've been going to the same big party for 20 years you tend to know a lot of people, recognize even more faces and ...

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Citing Guilty Plea, Wildlife Federation Ends Agreement with Scotts

SafeLawns followers are celebrating a victory today. Succumbing to a barrage of criticism from the environmental community — and in the wake of a guilty plea from Scotts Miracle Gro in federal court — the National Wildlife Federation announced to members this afternoon that is would end its sponsorship deal with the world's largest purveyor of toxic lawn and garden products. The announcement of a promotiona ...

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Amidst Wildlife Federation Firestorm, Scotts Miracle Gro Fined $4.5 Million for Toxic Bird Seed, Falsifying Records

UPDATE: Petition Asks NWF to Say No to Scotts' Sponsorship: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-nwf-from-partnering-with-scottsmonsanto/ HOW'S THIS FOR SUSPICIOUS TIMING? On the same week Scotts Miracle Gro tried to buy an image upgrade by sponsoring the National Wildlife Federation, word has come out of a federal court that the company will pay millions of dollars in fines for selling bird seed it knew w ...

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The Frankenlawn Update: Where’s the Outcry to Stop GMO Grass Seed?

THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO STAND UP NOW (see below) THE APPROVAL OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED grass seed, or more correctly stated "the news of the approval," is apparently having the muted impact it intended. Announced by the United States Department Agriculture back on the afternoon of July 1 — when most people were shopping for beer and burgers for the long holiday weekend — the word that the government was allowing ...

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As Scotts’ Stock Plummets Opportunities May Arise

Miracle-Gro Stock Drops 12 Percent on Monday Blaming bad weather, the leader of the world’s largest lawn chemical company announced this morning that Scotts Miracle-Gro earnings slipped 37 percent from May through July. The value of the publicly traded company has likewise plummeted during that same period, from a high of $60.62 per share on May 10 of this year, to $40.41 as yesterday's close. The company l ...

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Scotts Miracle-Gro: Would You, Should You . . . Buy From This Man?

Taking Phosphorus Out of Fertilizers is Just a PR Ploy The phone has been ringing off the proverbial hook this week, if only phones still had hooks. All sorts of media have been asking for opinions about the Scotts Miracle-Gro decision to take phosphorus out of its synthetic chemical lawn fertilizer. Overall, I say, it's a good thing that probably should have been done sooner, although taking the phosphorus ...

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