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Information on fertilizers approved for distribution in the state of Washington is now available on the Internet.

The Fertilizer Regulation Act of 1998 mandated access to the information, which now can be accessed at the U.S. Agriculture Department World Wide Web site at www.wa.gov/agr. The two main types of data provided on the site are the plant nutrients that the fertilizer guarantees it contains and the concentration of nine metals in the product.

Although the site, which went up July 1, is a government site, private citizens are expected and encouraged to use it, said Ted Maxwell, program manager of administrative services at the USDA. "There's lots of information there, and to get it out to a bigger audience, the Internet is better than any other method," he said.

Information is available on almost 2,500 fertilizer products in the database, including products used on farms, lawns, gardens, golf courses, parks, nurseries and aquariums.

If a product is not in the database, it is not legal for distribution in Washington. The site will be updated weekly for the next few months while products are up for renewal on the list, and new ones will be added while outdated ones are removed constantly throughout the process, Maxwell said.

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