Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Ownership Changes Impact Scales

IFCA recently learned of a policy within the IDA Bureau of Weights and Measures that requires scales to be NTEP approved or meet NTEP conformance standards if a change of ownership takes place.  Years ago when IDA adopted the national standards for scales and measuring devices, they grandfathered in existing facilities to prevent the new rule from being overly burdensome on the industry.  However, in order to ensure that at some point in time the scales would be brought up to national standards, they require the scale to meet NTEP standards if ownership changes hands.  If you are looking at selling or acquiring a facility with a scale, please look into this with your scale company to avoid unpleasant and costly surprises.  The IDA will work with companies on a reasonable compliance schedule to upgrade or replace the scale.  If you have questions please contact Jean Payne.