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Nauseating smell prompts calls to Howard health department

Pungent fertilizer smell wafting through Clarksville

By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

12:49 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

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Something smells funny in Clarksville.

A few residents have complained of a nauseating, pungent odor from the area of Maryland 108 and Sheppard Lane to Howard County's health department, said spokeswoman Lisa DeHernandez.

She said the department's community hygiene program conducted a search of the area Wednesday and found the source to be coming from fertilizer on a large farm.

They received the same calls last year, she said. They expect rain to reduce the stench.

In the meantime, DeHernandez said, the farmer will be asked to wet the perimeter areas of the property to help reduce the odor but, because agricultural properties are mostly exempt from nuisance codes, there's no requirement or enforcement measures that the department can take.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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