Scotts Fined Millions for EPA Violations
Due to 11 criminal violations for the use of toxic insecticides in its wild bird feed line, Scotts Miracle-Gro faces more than $10 million in fines.
Due to 11 criminal violations for the use of toxic insecticides in its wild bird feed line, Scotts Miracle-Gro has been sentenced to pay a $4 million fine. Additionally, the company "also agreed to more than $6 million in civil penalties and $2 million for environmental projects under a settlement that resolves additional civil pesticide violations filed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)," reports Brae Canlen, Home Channel News.
A Department of Justice (DOJ) press release described its investigation of Scotts’ use of the pesticides - pesticides that protect bird food from insect infestation during storage. According to the DOJ, Canlen notes, the company admitted that it used these pesticides contrary to EPA directives and in spite of labels warning that Storcide II is toxic to fish, birds and other wildlife. Federal investigators said, Scotts management allowed the continued sales of that illegally treated bird food for two years, dispite warnings from employees that the pesticides were dangerous.
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