Scotts Miracle-Gro pays record fine under FIFRA

Company pleaded guilty to violating law governing use of pesticides

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has a big check to write to the federal government. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that the garden care products company will pay a record $12.5 million in fines and civil penalties for, among other things, using insecticides in bird food, in the process violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

The $12.5 million Scotts will pay includes a $4 million criminal fine and $6 million in civil penalties, which it will pay to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company also agreed to spend $2 million on environmental projects, the DOJ said.


Cathleen Flahardy

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