Rules affecting anhydrous ammonia retailers in effect soon

Anhydrous ammonia tank


BISMARCK – A rule amending the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Risk Management Program (RMP) is scheduled to go into effect March 14, 2017 if no changes are made by the Trump administration.

The new rule will affect all of the approximately 260 anhydrous ammonia retailers in North Dakota. The new rule includes several changes in the areas of accident prevention, emergency response and public availability of chemical hazard information. It also clarifies a number of existing RMP requirements.

“The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has been closely following this rule change and provided comments during the process,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “While not all of our concerns were addressed, the final rule is workable and shouldn't have an overly burdensome effect on our agricultural anhydrous ammonia retailers.”

Goehring added that the department will be working in the coming weeks to disseminate the details of the changes by providing updates and compliance information to the anhydrous industry.