The New York State Attorney General Wednesday announced a settlement with Home Depot and Lowe’s over alleged violations of a state law designed to reduce water pollution from excess phosphorus running off lawns.
According to Eric Schneiderman, the stores didn’t display lawn fertilizers containing phosphorous separately from those without.
The big box stores are also accused of failing to put up signs required by the 2010 law informing customers about phosphorous concerns.
Home Depot will put up the signs and pay a 78-thousand dollar fine. Lowe’s will also comply and pay 52-thousand dollars.
The Attorney General says there are 100 Home Depot and 70 Lowe’s stores in New York.
Schneiderman reached a similar settlement in 2015 with Walmart, again, with the goal of protecting our water.