New webpage details risk management for anhydrous facilities

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is urging anhydrous ammonia dealers to check out a new webpage and to contact the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) to learn how to comply with provisions and requirements of the Risk Management Program (RMP) affecting their businesses.

“The webpage provides guidance materials and tools to help anhydrous facility managers better understand RMP and what they must do to be in compliance,” Goehring said. “At the same time, we want them to contact us with any questions or as a follow-up to our previous outreach meetings held around the state.”

The webpage can be found at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/risk-management-program-rmp-agricultural-anhydrous-ammonia-facilities.

Goehring said managers can contact NDDA at (701) 328-2231 or (800)242-7535 for more information or to schedule a compliance assistance visit.

NDDA pesticide and fertilizer staff will begin conducting inspections and compliance audits of anhydrous facilities starting in July.

“The staff is already conducting completeness checks on all facilities they visit, as well as providing one-on-one outreach to managers,” Goehring said. “Over the summer, they will be spending considerable time working with managers and employees about RMP. We will conduct most of the official RMP inspections and full audits off-season during the winter.”

Last January, the Environmental Protection agency granted NDDA authority to enforce RMP requirements under the Clean Air Act.