May 1, 2013
In my reading and listening about the fertilizer plant fire and explosion in West, Texas, I have noticed a dearth of comments about the dangers faced by first responders ("Obama to honor firefighters killed in Texas fertilizer blast," April 24). One of the purposes of the various federal and local chemical reporting requirements is to provide nearby fire companies with information for protecting themselves and for appropriate methods of reacting to an incident. That knowledge, buttressed by fire company inspections of nearby plants, can save lives.
May 28, 2011
If you live along the Patapsco River, Sparrows Point, Bear Creek or Coke Point you and your family are paying with your health ("Port authorities find health risks near Sparrows Point," May 23). These four areas are overwhelmingly contaminated to the point where people and wildlife are at risk of exposure to toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Benzene is only one of many chemical contaminates in our waters; there are also high levels of arsenic from chicken manure, pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
February 26, 1995
Over the river and through the woods to gather manure I go. My truck knows the route, and I've got the scoop on the best fertilizer I know.It's sitting in a heap at a horse farm down the road. Never mind where. Gardeners who find a good source of manure like to keep it to themselves. I only mention the river and woods because there are lots of them around, and I know that my secret will never be found.Now, I know what some of you are thinking: Is this man serious? Does he really believe people care where he gets his fertilizer?
March 2, 2003
AS A COMPANY, Agrium Inc. will probably always stink. It makes fertilizer. As a stock in the former bull market, Agrium wasn't much more fragrant. It didn't have "dot-com" in its name. It was in Canada. It sold low-tech products to struggling farmers. It was the kind of firm investors came to hate. The 1990s stock bubble was based on an infatuation with technology and so-called "intellectual property," the copyrights and patents that let Disney and Microsoft spin money out of vaporous ideas.
July 27, 1997
Not all global coastal water pollution can be pinned to too much nitrogen, but much of it can. In fact, there is growing scientific concern that the world's coastal waters are symptoms of something even larger gone terribly out of whack.An article published in January by nine scientists in the journal of the Ecological Society of America says that human activities in recent decades have virtually doubled the nitrogen available to life on the planet, "causing serious and long-term environmental consequences across large regions of the earth."
March 24, 2002
Q. Chicken litter is now being packaged and sold as fertilizer for lawns and gardens. Do you know anything about the fertilizer? A. It is called fertileGRO and is being sold as an organic fertilizer that contains 4 percent nitrogen, 3 percent phosphorus and 3 percent potash, along with several other micro- and macro- nutrients. The litter is collected from chicken growers on the Delmarva Peninsula and then heat-treated to pasteurize, sterilize and stabilize the material. The material is then pelletized so that it can be run through lawn and garden spreaders.