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Appeals court smacks OSHA on anhydrous regulations

A Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. recently ruled the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violated federal law when it issued an enforcement memorandum last summer pushing more regulation on some ag retailers regarding handling and storage of anhydrous ammonia.
The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) said the court’s action saves anhydrous providers – and perhaps you, if you farm, since that’s where the costs will be likely be passed on – more than $100 million.
"This administration has broadly and unjustly avoided proper procedure to construct and reinterpret myriad federal regulations without public input," said Daren Coppock, president and chief executive officer of ARA. "The court's decision in this case affirms the importance of regulatory agencies following proper notice and comment rulemaking procedure."
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