Our Commitment to Ammonium Nitrate Security


November 12, 2013

For years, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has been positively engaged in ensuring the security of ammonium nitrate (AN) fertilizer. In 2004, TFI encouraged Congress to develop legislation to regulate the distribution of ammonium nitrate throughout the United States. Our efforts were realized Dec. 26, 2007, with the passage of The Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate Act of 2007. The bill establishes a regulatory system to help keep ammonium nitrate out of the hands of those with criminal intent. Specifically, the bill would require all producers, sellers and purchasers who take custody to register with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

In 2011, TFI submitted extensive comments when DHS issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Ammonium Nitrate Security Program (ANSP). TFI encouraged DHS to craft a rule which was workable for both industry and regulators while providing the highest level of security. In June 2013, we wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to extend our support and assistance to DHS as it crafts the final ammonium nitrate rule.

TFI will continue to support the passage of this rule and offers our support and resources moving forward. The rule is good for preserving the use of an important fertilizer product, and most importantly, helping to ensure the safety of communities across the nation.