DHS Proposed Rule for Ammonium Nitrate Reply

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a proposed rule regulating the sale and purchase of Ammonium Nitrate.  The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2011 and can be found at:

http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/08/03/2011-19313/ammonium-nitrate-security-program.  

There is a comment period for this proposed rule that closes December 1, 2011. The proposed regulation establishes a registration program for sale and purchase of 25 lbs or more of ammonium nitrate.  Regulated entities will receive a registration number and will need to maintain transaction records and have procedures in place to promptly report theft. 

Although ammonium nitrate is mostly used in the fertilizer industry, this regulation highlights a more important topic for all chemical users.  With every new regulation, the ability for a company to quickly determine how much of a chemical a facility uses, stores, produces, or puts into a product is becoming more and more important.  In addition to being able to track the chemicals at your facility, to be proactive, it is also important to stay abreast of new or proposed regulations.  The next regulated chemical could be integral to your process and a change in the procurement, management, or use, could have major consequences for production.   This topic will be addressed in more detail in our upcoming fall newsletter.

For more information, please contact Travis Wheeler at 508-970-0033 ext. 115 or at twheeler@capaccio.com.