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EPA fines Amazon $1.2 million for FIFRA violations

February 28, 2018By

Amazon will pay a $1.2 million penalty to settle nearly 4,000 alleged violations of U.S. law related to illegal pesticide sales. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleges Amazon violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), selling and distributing imported pesticide and insecticide products that weren’t approved in the U.S. The online behemoth agreed to monitor and remove illegal... read more

PBI-Gordon develops new herbicide

February 6, 2018By

PBI-Gordon Corp. has developed a nonphenoxy, “three-way” herbicide, soon to be branded SwitchBlade. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s registration for the herbicide is pending. SwitchBlade will feature three active ingredients: halauxifen-methyl, fluroxypyr and dicamba. Testing has shown that, when combined, these active ingredients will provide extended postemergence control of 34 broadleaf weeds—including clover, dandelion and plantain, according to the company. The... read more

EarthWorks reduces costs with propane

May 7, 2013By

EarthWorks Inc. said using propane autogas to run its lawn equipment has allowed it to reduce its annual maintenance costs by 30 to 35 percent and save $41,600 in annual fuel costs. The Dallas-based full-service commercial landscaping company turned to the alternative fuel because of the high price of gasoline and the increased maintenance and internal engine issues it experienced... read more

PBI/Gordon herbicide receives expanded EPA approval

May 1, 2013By

PBI/Gordon Corp. has announced that its Katana Turf Herbicide can now be used in a wider variety of sports turf applications and, for the first time, targeted residential weed control. The product received United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval on expanded labeling for use on professionally managed sports turf. It had been approved only for “professionally managed college and... read more

Judge dismisses ESA “megasuit”

April 24, 2013By

The lawsuit, Center for Biological Diversity and Pesticide Action Network North America v. Environmental Protection Agency, otherwise known as “the megasuit,” has been dismissed, the Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) reports. Judge Spero of the U.S. District Court Northern District of California granted the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) motions to dismiss. Hi decision mirrored the RISE-CropLife America... read more

ESA at play

April 24, 2013By

RISE serves up the latest on the Endangered Species Act and its impact on you. At the Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) breakfast meeting at this year’s Golf Industry Show on Feb. 6 in San Diego, federal legislative and regulatory issues took the spotlight. In his introduction, Steve Gullickson, RISE governing board chairman, said in 2013 the organization... read more