The Illinois Department of Ag (IDA) and an IFCA industry committee are reviewing changes to the Illinois anhydrous ammonia regulations. IFCA has been fielding calls asking when the new changes to the current regulations will be in place. There is no set date when the regulations will change but IFCA expects them to be available for public comment toward the end of 2014. Click here to view a power point presentation given at the 2014 IFCA convention outling proposed changes to the regulations....More
Click here to download guidance on how to comply with Risk Management Program requirements.
Five Year RMP Update Guidance
June 2014 is the deadline to file the Risk Management Plan with USEPA. Filing the RMP only satisfies a portion of the requirements in order to be in compliance with this regulation. USEPA emphasizes that you must maintain a copy of the Risk Management Plan along with the Risk Management Program and it must be kept on file at each anhydrous ammonia storage location. If the NH3 storage facility is two miles from the main office, the RMP must be kept on file at the storage facility,...More
RMP Five Year Update
June 2014 is the renewal date for most facilities regulated under the U.S. EPA Risk Management Plan (RMP) requirements. If you store bulk anhydrous ammonia, you must have a RMP. The RMP documentation and requirements have received a lot of attention over the last year in the wake of the fire and explosion at the West, Texas ag retail facility. Expect U.S. EPA Region V to conduct RMP audits at Illinois ag retail facilities. The Fertilizer Institute and Asmark Institute developed...More
NH3 Storage Tank Survey
The Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Products inspection, will be performing a detailed survey of all anhydrous ammonia storage tanks in this year. The purpose of this survey is to validate current information on file and update all facility files as needed. This is not a new regulatory requirement but an effort to meet existing statutory mandates with the most accurate information possible. The survey will be conducted during the annual on-site NH3 inspection...More
Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Program for Farmers
Funded bythe Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), this program consists of five ammonia safety training modules. Go to http://learning.ifca.com. If you have any questions please contact Kevin Runkle at the IFCA office.
IFCA Announces New Effort to Improve NH3 Safety
Today the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the IFCA issued a joint press release announcing the creation of a new web-based training program for anhydrous ammonia safety for farmers. This innovative new program features video, animation and on-line information pertaining to ammonia properties, protective equipment, equipment hook-up, safe transportation and emergency response. We are asking ag retailers to let their customers know of the availability of this program to increase...More
Towing NH3 Nurse Tanks At Night
Remember when hauling anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks or other implements of husbandry after sunset, the towing vehicles or implements of husbandrymust be equiped with an amber rotating or flashing light. The lights can also be operated during daylight hours but they are required between sunset and sunrise.
OSHA Checking For PPE Compliance
IFCA recently received a report from a member in northern Illinois regarding a roadside OSHA inspection. A farmer in northern Illinois was applying anhydrous ammonia this week and as he began switching an empty NH3 nurse tank for a full tank a representative from OSHA approached the farmer in the field. The farmer was not wearing gloves and goggles as he was hooking the tank to the toolbar prompting the OSHA representative to pull off the side of the road and inform the farmer he needs...More
Ammonia Technician Course Available
There are still a few seats open this fall for the Asmark Institute's Ammonia Technician Course which is geared toward the needs of facility personnel responsible for maintaining the mechanical integrity of anhydrous ammonia installations. This first course of its kind will be offered at the Agricenter Training Complex in Bloomington, IL. The goal of this 3 day long course is to foster a strong preventative maintenance message and prepare participants to return to their facility trained...More
Anhydrous Ammonia Reminders
Remember if you have a reportable quantity (RQ) release of anhydrous ammonia equal to or greater than 18 gallons/100 pounds you have 15 minutes of knowledge of the release to contact:
The National Response Center at 800.424.8802
Illinois Emergency Management Agency at 800.782.7860
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Local Emergency Responders
If you have questions about reporting requirements or need assistance, please contact the IFCA office.
American Welding & Tank Update
Anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks manufactured between June 2009 and September 2010 by American Welding & Tank, LLC have experienced some defects. American Welding & Tank has asked the industry to distribute information on the inspection and warranty of these nurse tanks. Please click on the attachment to this email view the notice and inspection program. IFCA is here to assist with any issues you have relative to ammonia equipment, operations and safety so please don't hesitate to contact...More
Click on the link to view the American Welding and Tank advisory letter.
Reporting NH3 Releases
IFCA recently met with Illinois EPA regarding anhydrous ammonia releases over the past two years. IEPA and IDA report that NH3 releases at stationary storage locations are down but field of application releases are slightly higher. Once an anhydrous ammonia release has been reported to IEPA, they will then send an Incident Inquiry Letter (IIL) to the responsible party requesting a detailed description of the incident and cause. It is extremely important to respond to the Incident Inquiry...More
Implements of Husbandry Crossing State Lines
Taking implements of husbandry, such as NH3 nurse tanks,across state lines has been a controversial topic over the last few years. DOT has just recently clarified that implements of husbandry are not commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and therefore not subject to the CMV regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) authority covers persons who operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Therefore,when an implement of husbandry crosses state lines...More
DHS Re-Evaluates Tier Rankings within CFATS Program
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) reports that on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted a conference call with industry representatives to discuss technical issues with the Risk Assessment methodology used for establishing Tier Rankings in the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. There was a correction made to the methodology that resulted in a re-evaluation of 360 facilities with final Tier Rankings. These facilities were originally tiered...More
SP-13554 Incorporated Into DOT Regulations
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced today the Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), issued its long awaited final rule incorporating several long-standing special permits into the federal hazardous materials regulations. Special permit 13554, held by TFI on behalf of its members is now included into rulemaking. As a result of the final rule, nurse tanks with missing or illegible data plates enrolled in the NTIP and operating...More
Fall Nitrogen Best Management Practices
Please click on the link below to determine the most economically optimal nitrogen rate using the nitrogen rate calculator.
Also please click on the attachedpdf article by University of Illinois Extension Specialist in soil fertility,Fabian Fernandez, regarding timely nitrogen application.
Guide To Anhydrous Ammonia Safety
Click here to see a brochure illustrating common accidents with ammonia application and how to prevent them.
IL SOS Nurse Tank Licensing Procedures
Click here for the explanation memo and new form for licensing fertilizer nurse tank trailers if the trailers do not have a title or certificate or origin.
USEPA Region 5 Reporting Requirements Power Point Presentation
Click on the link to access the Power Point Presentation and interpretive guidance given by Region V USEPA representatives at the 2010 Regulatory Workshop held in Peoria, IL.
Risk Management Program Guidance
Click on the attachment to view the guidance document to assist in preparing your Risk Management Plan and Risk Management Program for your facility.
Farmer Owned NH3 Storage and Nurse Tank Guide To Regulatory Requirements
IFCA, in partnership with Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Corn Growers Association developed a brochure outlining the regulatory requirements farmers must comply with if they own anhydrous ammonia storage tanks or anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks. Please click on the link to access theregulatory brochure.
Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Video For Farmers
This video is designed to provide farmers with safety information related to handling, transportation, application, first aid and emergency response as it pertains to anhydrous ammonia.
Regulatory Alert: USDOT Nurse Tank Advisory Letter Dec 2008
Click here to see the IFCA Regulatory Alert and December 2008 letter from USDOT containing information and photographs on anhydrous ammonia nurse tank compliance issues.
Illinois Hours of Service Law
This document explains the hours of service exception for transporting agricultural inputs including anhydrous ammonia.
Legible NH3 Nurse Tank Data Plate Requirements
This poster contains information for shippers of hazardous materials entering river terminals regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA).
TWIC or Transportation Worker Identification Credential is a new identification system required by people entering secure areas at our nations ports. This may include barge terminals that offload dry or liquid fertilizer and anhydrous ammonia. Click on this pdf file to get information regarding how and where to apply for a TWIC.
All facilities that register and submit Top-Screen information to DHS must also complete Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) training. This consists of an an online training module which takes approximately twenty minutes to complete. Click on this link to access the CVI training module, complete the training and print a certificate of completion.
Is It Time To Update Your Emergency Sign?
Is your company emergency sign faded to the point where you can't read the information anymore?TheIllinois Department of Agricultureanhydrous ammonia regulations require anemergency sign with letters of a minimum height of two inches including at a minimum the name and phone number of the owner, manager or agent of the anhydrous ammonia storage location. The sign must be located at the entrance to the site property or apart from the storage tanks. The Asmark Institute emergency sign programgoes...More
Emergency Response Reporting Instructions
R Stamp Welders & CT Facilities in Illinois/Iowa
Click on this PDF to view R-Stamp Welders and DOT CT facilities that are certified to weld on anyhdrous ammonia nurse tanks in Illinois and perform testing for the Nurse Tank Inspection Program.
Proper Marking For NH3 Nurse Tanks
Click this link to visit the TFI homepage including access to the my RMP program.
License Plate Law for Fertilizer Tanks & Spreaders
Size Weight & Load Regulations
TailLight And Light Bar Exemption for NH3 Nurse Tanks
Light Requirements for NH3 Nurse Tanks
Restricted Use CDL for Ammonia Transportation
Clarification and Application for Restricted Use CDL
Official HAZMAT Endorsement Instructions & Fingerprint Locations
NFPA DISAGREES WITH CONVERTING AMMONIA NURSE TANKS TO LP SERVICE
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is backing a new rule that prohibits converting ammonia nurse tanks to LP service. The NFPA recommendations states that except for containers used in cargo tank vehicle service, ASME containers of 3,000 gallons water capacity or less used to store anhydrous ammonia shall not be converted to LP gas fuel service. Keep in mind that this new provision is simply a recommendation by NFPA. Unless the state of Illinois adopts the provisions set forth...More
Anhydrous Ammonia Information