- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s attorney general has reached settlements with The Home Depot Inc. and Lowe’s Home Centers LLC requiring they separate lawn fertilizers containing phosphorous from others and post signs telling consumers about legal restrictions on the groundwater pollutant.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the agreement follows investigations in 2014 that found violations at 19 of 21 Home Depot stores and 16 of 18 Lowe’s stores.

The companies’ websites show a total of 170 New York stores.

The settlements require compliance with the law for selling fertilizers with more than 0.67 percent phosphate and penalties of $78,000 for Home depot and $52,000 for Lowe’s.

Home Depot says the company is committed to complying with what was mainly a signage issue.

Lowe’s says most of its fertilizers don’t contain phosphorous and it had signage investigators considered inadequate.

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