| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:04 PM
Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a leading Republican candidate for governor, called Tuesday for a sweeping rollback of Maryland's environmental laws, saying measures passed by the state's leaders have failed to clean up the Chesapeake Bay....
| 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...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 3:30 AM
Among the hundreds of new laws taking effect Tuesday (Oct. 1) is one meant to help the Chesapeake Bay by limiting when, where and how Marylanders should feed their lawns. One scientist, though, suggests homeowners could help the bay better by forgoing...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 3:53 PM
WASHINGTON — Federal authorities have cited the operator of the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that exploded in April for 24 safety violations including the unsafe handling and storage of chemicals, and have proposed $118,300 in penalties.
| Oct 15, 2013
I have a bed by a brick wall where I plant petunias every year so they drape down. I count on them for color. This year, the petunias in the bed did well for about a month. Then suddenly they were dead. It looked like they had dried up from the root. I...
| Oct 14, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Deborah Koons Garcia's "Symphony of the Soil" reps the latest in a long line of documentaries extolling the many virtues of organic farming over the nefarious legacy of industrial food production -- one of which, "The Future of Food," also helmed by the...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 12:23 AM
WELDON, Calif. — A few minutes after 4 a.m., agents in camouflage cluster in a dusty field in Kern County. "Movement needs to be slow, deliberate and quiet," the team leader whispers. "Lock and load now."
They check their ammunition and assault...
| Dec 23, 2012
EUREKA, Calif. — State scientists, grappling with an explosion of marijuana growing on the North Coast, recently studied aerial imagery of a small tributary of the Eel River, spawning grounds for endangered coho salmon and other threatened fish.
| Mar 6, 2013
| 11:33 AM
An orchid isn't exactly a puppy, but it is one of those gifts that requires regular care. If you’re given one — or if you pick one up this weekend at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show — you should know the basics. Brian...
| 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 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...