| Apr 18, 2013
| 5:58 AM
A terror bombing at the Boston Marathon, an explosion at a Texas fertilizer factory and tainted mail in Washington, D.C. have made for an unsettling week. Throw in anniversaries of some of America's most tragic and traumatic days -- Virginia Tech,...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 11:59 AM
The West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded Wednesday was fined $2,300 in 2006 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for not having a risk management program in place, records show.
West Fertilizer Co. settled with the environmental agency in...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 2:37 PM
Howard Hord considers himself a chef of sorts, but the food he works with is a little past its prime.
Using moldy melon rinds, orange peels and other castoff fruit and vegetables from some Howard County kitchens, Hord is "cooking" the first batches of...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 4:03 PM
The West, Texas, fertilizer plant destroyed by a massive explosion has paid nearly $8,000 to at least two regulatory agencies for safety and transportation violations, records show.
West Fertilizer Co. paid $5,250 last year to the U.S. Pipeline and...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Amid an outcry from Maryland farmers, state officials pulled back again Friday from a new regulation aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay by restricting the use of animal manure to fertilize crops.
The Maryland Department of Agriculture announced that...
| Nov 20, 2013
Help Zimmerman cope
The continuing news about George Zimmerman and his run-ins with the law give me pause. When a person is charged with a crime and found not guilty — but remains a target of attention — steps should be taken to help that...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Before The Sun and its readers start hyperventilating about the Maryland Department of Agriculture's decision to delay (not abandon) the proposed Phosphorous Management Tool regulation, it is important to share some insights into this common-sense...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Harford County Executive David Craig's ill-fated plan to repeal the so-called "rain tax" has been revealed for the campaign ploy that it was, but the problems with the law requiring the levy still need to be addressed.
Enacted by the Maryland General...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Thirty years ago, the governors in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; the mayor of D.C.; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator signed the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement, solemnly pledging to stem the flow of pollutants and bring the...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 11:06 AM
What kind of lawn fertilizer should I use in the fall? There are so many kinds with different numbers and different chemicals and some with zero chemicals.
Glad you asked. The Maryland Fertilizer Use Act of 2011 kicks in fully on Oct.1. The law, aimed...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 9:25 AM
Some 1,600 miles away from Boston, first responders in West, Texas, also put helping others above their personal safety last week. Many gave their lives doing that.
Of the more than a dozen people who died in the explosion of the West Fertilizer Co....