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Anhydrous Ammonia Rules Out for Public Comment

The Illinois Dept of Agriculture has published the first notice of proposed changes to Part 215, the Illinois Anhydrous Ammonia and Low Pressure Nitrogen Solutions Regulations.  A copy of the proposed rules along with the official Illinois Register notice is posted on the IFCA website at www.ifca.com.  IDA will accept comments until August 24, 2015.  We encourage our members to review the regulations (the proposed changes are underlined in the document) and send any comments you have to IFCA to help us best represent you as we prepare comments on behalf of the ammonia industry.  IDA did ...

Common Questions about General Standards & Field Crops Exams & Licensing

As ag retailers are working hard to get their spray operators upgraded to certified applicators by attending the field crop training and taking the test, and some questions have come up with regard to this process.  We have worked with IDA to provide guidance on the commonly asked questions below.    Bear in mind that you must have a current general standards (GS) certification in order to achieve the status of commercial applicator, which passage of the field crop (FC) exam will provide.  But there are some nuances to this process that we will try to address ...

OSHA Announces Retail Ammonia Subject to Additional Regulations

In a sudden announcement on July 22, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced that they will eliminate the "retail" exemption for chemical facilities that are currently exempt from the Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations.  Thus, PSM will now apply to retail anhydrous ammonia facilities.  This was not done via normal regulatory channels, but rather was an announcement of OSHA's "reinterpretation" of the existing rules.  OSHA states that President Obama's Executive Order issued in 2013 following the explosion at West Fertilizer was the basis for making this determination, thus pulling retail ammonia facilities into a new ...