New fertilizer rules will be going into effect for a portion of York County to protect against groundwater contamination.
The Upper Big Blue
Natural Resources District board voted 8-4 to adopt a milder version of
an earlier proposal that would have required districtwide use of
The inhibitors are chemicals that slow the rate at
which anhydrous ammonia, a fertilizer, is broken down into nitrates.
Experts say nitrates pose health hazards when they seep into groundwater
The new rules require the inhibitors only for fall fertilizer
applications and only in one part of York County where nitrate readings
exceed the federal standard.