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The San Francisco Green Chamber of Commerce 4th Annual Event is just around the corner! Register TODAY and receive your 50% off member only special tickets to attend the BACK TO BASICS, BLACK & WHITE GALA on September 20th in San Francisco with keynote speaker HP Director of Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability, Chris Librie!

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Scotts Miracle-Gro To Pay Over $12 Million in Criminal Fines and Civil Penalties for Pesticide Law Violations

You probably know Scotts Miracle-Gro as a producer of pesticides for commercial and consumer lawn and garden uses.

Scotts was sentenced to pay a $4 million fine and perform community service for eleven criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), which governs the manufacture, distribution, and sale of pesticides. 

Why? Scotts pleaded guilty to illegally applying insecticides to its wild bird food products that are toxic to birds, falsifying pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, and distributing unregistered pesticides. This is the LARGEST criminal penalty under FIFRA to date.

In a separate civil agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scotts agreed to pay more than $6 million in penalties and spend $2 million on environmental projects to resolves additional civil pesticide violations. The violations include distributing or selling unregistered, canceled, or misbranded pesticides, including products with inadequate warnings or cautions. This too is the LARGEST civil settlement under FIFRA to date.

“The misuse or mislabeling of pesticide products can cause serious illness in humans and be toxic to wildlife,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Today’s sentence and unprecedented civil settlement hold Scotts accountable for widespread company noncompliance with pesticide laws, which put products into the hands of consumers without the proper authorization or warning labels.”

“As the world’s largest marketer of residential use pesticides, Scotts has a special obligation to make certain that it observes the laws governing the sale and use of its products. For having failed to do so, Scotts has been sentenced to pay the largest fine in the history of FIFRA enforcement," said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. “The Department of Justice will continue to work with EPA to assure that pesticides applied in homes and on lawns and food are sold and used in compliance with the laws intended to assure their safety.”

In the plea agreement, Scotts admitted that it applied the pesticides Actellic 5E and Storcide II to its bird food products even though EPA had prohibited this use. Scotts had done so to protect its bird foods from insect infestation during storage. Scotts admitted that it used these pesticides contrary to EPA directives and in spite of the warning label appearing on all Storicide II containers stating, “Storcide II is extremely toxic to fish and toxic to birds and other wildlife.” Scotts sold this illegally treated bird food for two years after it began marketing its bird food line and for six months after employees specifically warned Scotts management of the dangers of these pesticides. By the time it voluntarily recalled these products in March 2008, Scotts had sold more than 70 million units of bird food illegally treated with pesticide that is toxic to birds.

Scotts also pleaded guilty to submitting false documents to EPA and to state regulatory agencies in an effort to deceive them into believing that numerous pesticides were registered with EPA when in fact they were not. The company also pleaded guilty to having illegally sold the unregistered pesticides and to marketing pesticides bearing labels containing false and misleading claims not approved by EPA. The falsified documents submitted to EPA and states were attributed to a federal product manager at Scotts.

EPA also uncovered numerous civil violations spanning five years. Scotts’ FIFRA civil violations included the nationwide distribution or sale of unregistered, canceled, or misbranded pesticides, including products with inadequate warnings or cautions. EPA issued more than 40 Stop Sale, Use or Removal Orders to Scotts to address more than 100 pesticide products.

In addition to the $6 million civil penalty, Scotts will complete environmental projects, valued at $2 million, to acquire, restore and protect 300 acres of land to prevent runoff of agricultural chemicals into nearby waterways.

More information about the civil settlement and recalled products: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/fifra/scottsmiraclegro.html

More information about EPA’s criminal enforcement program: http://www.epa.gov/enforcement/criminal/index.html

More information about EPA’s pesticide program: http://epa.gov/pesticides/



Napa Dentist, Dental Implants and Dentures by Steven M. Mansfield

Looking for a Dentist or Prosthodontist in Napa or Sonoma? 

Do you need dental implants or dentures? Let Steven M. Mansfield at Valley Prosthodontics give you a smile makeover.

Valley Prosthodontics in Napa and Sonoma offers complete dentures, removable partial dentures, extractions, immediate dentures, dental implants, on-site denture lab, broken denture repair. Our comprehensive dental care includes: porcelain crowns, bridges, veneers, and dentures. Dr Mansfield performs surgical placement of dental implants, extractions and fabrication of immediate dentures and implant restorations. An on-site denture lab offers same day denture repairs and relines.

Valley Prosthodontics aims to serve their patients with the highest level of professional dental care in an environment of compassion, courtesy, and confidence. 

Why Valley Prosthodontics?

Steven Mansfield, a licensed prosthodontist, and all of the staff members are a highly trained professionals in their field.  

They operate in their own in-house prosthetics lab in order to insure the precise fabrication of all removable prosthesis. Dr. Mansfield is involved in every phase of production in order to maintain the highest quality standards.

What is a prosthodontist?

A prosthodontist is a licensed dentist with two to three years of additional specialized training in dental prosthetics—the replacement and repair of missing or damaged teeth.

Prosthodontists routinely collaborate with general dentists and other specialists, and are specially qualified to provide advanced dental care involving crowns, bridges, implants, and removable dentures. They perform routine screening for oral cancer and TMJ disorders, as well as more sophisticated reconstruction involving the teeth and hard and soft tissues of the mouth and face.

Services offers

As specialists in prosthetic and implant dentistry, Valley Prosthodontics offer comprehensive treatment options for full-mouth rehabilitation. 

In addition to these services, their on-site denture lab allows them to perform same-day relines or repairs of your existing partial or full dentures. They also provide the critical continuing care that ensures your prosthetic devices will remain attractive, comfortable, and functioning perfectly. 

Treatment includes:

Porcelain crowns, bridges & Venners

Natural looking partial & complete dentures

Extractions & immediate dentures

Implant prosthodontics

TMJ Therapy


For more information about dental dentures and implant services visit www.valleyprosthodontics.com. Call  Valley Prosthodontics (707) 252-1950 (Napa) or (707) 935-3497 (Sonoma) to book for an appointment. 



Promotional Apparel Done Right?

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Is thinking of the right materials and creative design for your marketing campaigns giving you stress? Maybe you need a promotional solutions provider to do all the work for you.

London Logos is a promotional marketing consulting located in Novato, Marin County that offers promotional apparel, promotional products.

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A master of the field, Anne Brown, owner of London Logos takes time to understand all details of your small business and also your target audience when designing and sourcing your masterpiece.  Her fresh approach, creativity and professionalism qualifies her for your promotional and marketing programs.

London Logos is not only creating unique promotional items but also provides over-the-top service.  

Services include:

·         Promotional Solutions Provider

·         Promotional Apparel

·         Promotional Products

·         Promotional Marketing Consulting


For your promotional marketing campaign contact London Logos at 415-892-7060 or visit www.londonlogos.net