State officials plan to study the viability of locating a national animal quarantine facility at Fort Meade's shuttered equestrian center to serve the Mid-Atlantic region's bustling horse breeding industry. Legislation submitted last week on behalf of the state Department of Agriculture asks the Anne Arundel County Council to endorse state funding for a $60,000 study, which would explore creating what would be the fourth such facility in the country. The others are in Newburgh, N.Y., Miami and Los Angeles. It could serve thousands of horses a year.
Would this be a good site for a quarantine center? Do you support this idea? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout @baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.