DHS to regulate fertilizer transactions, chemical storage in U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security announced its plans to issue…

amnit.gifThe Department of Homeland Security announced its plans to issue new regulations that will require anyone planning on buying fertilizer to register in advance with DHS. The sale of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer that can be mixed with fuel oil to be used as an explosive, will be prohibited in the U.S. if either the buyer or seller fails to register, according to an advanced notice issued Oct. 29 by the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate.

The new regulations will complement a separate set of rules that will require certain facilities to meet varying levels of security precautions if in possession of one or more of 300 chemicals. This additional set of rules, known as the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards or CFATS, will deal with storage and use of hazardous chemicals as opposed to the transaction regulations involved in the buying and selling of ammonium nitrate.

[Via GSN]

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