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AstroTurf maker reaches deal with California officials

Posted August 14, 2009 5:31 p.m. EDT
Updated August 16, 2009 7:41 a.m. EDT

— California officials say they have reached an agreement with the makers of AstroTurf to nearly eliminate lead from its artificial grass.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday that Georgia-based AstroTurf LLC will reformulate its products so lead levels will be reduced significantly by June.

Brown filed the lawsuit last year against AstroTurf and two other companies after tests showed excessive lead levels in their products. Lead often was added to keep colors vibrant.

AstroTurf also will pay $170,000 in civil penalties and attorneys fees as well as provide a grant to the state's Public Health Trust.

The agreement creates the nation's first enforceable lead standards for artificial turf products.

Raleigh-based General Sports Ventures owns the marketing rights for the synthetic turf in the American market, while the Georgia company markets AstroTurf outside the U.S.