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Poolman Announces Anhydrous Tank Lock Requirement Now in Effect
August 9, 2005 701-328-2440

Bismarck, ND - Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman announced today that the anhydrous tank lock requirement is now in effect and outlined how farmers and anhydrous dealers should request reimbursement.

The tank lock pilot program, which was originally prompted by legislation passed in 2003 and expanded in 2005, requires that all anhydrous dealers, farmers, and any owner/operator of an anhydrous nurse tank, lock the tank with an approved locking device when unattended. 

Commissioner Poolman said, "We all need to do our part to stop the growing methamphetamine problem. This program has proved successful in the western part of the state, and we have received very positive feedback from the farmers and anhydrous dealers in Walsh, Pembina, and Cavalier counties. We are looking forward to creating a successful program here also."

The North Dakota Insurance Department asks that all individuals in Walsh, Pembina, and Cavalier Counties, who are seeking reimbursement for the purchase of approved locking devices for an active nurse tank(s), provide the following information by September 15, 2005:

  1. Name of nurse tank owner;
  2. Address of nurse tank owner; 
  3. Serial number of the nurse tank, and
  4. Proof of purchase, such as a sales receipt.
The above information should be submitted to:

ND Insurance Department
Anhydrous Ammonia Tank Lock Program
425 North Fifth Street
Bismarck, ND 58501-4033
Phone #: 701-328-9600
Fax #: 701-328-9610
Email: jbitz@state.nd.us 

There is a convenient reimbursement form available at the ND Insurance Department website at:


Tank owners may also request a form by mail or phone by using the contact information above.

Poolman said, "It is absolutely imperative that those requesting reimbursements include a serial number with their request. We do not want to pay for locks that are not needed, as our reimbursement funds are limited. We hope that we will be able to match a serial number with a lock so that we are not purchasing more than one lock per tank." 

A list of vendors who sell the approved locking devices is available by request by calling 701.328.9600 or at the Department's website at: 


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