Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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Summer NH3 To Do List

This summer, please make the necessary upgrades to your ammonia facilities to ensure compliance with the Illinois Anhydrous Ammonia Regulations.  A good place to start is here:
 
1.  Installation of an in-line strainer or strainer screen on the liquid unloading line at the bulkhead.  Compliance with this requirement is effective no later than December 31, 2017 for existing ammonia storage facilities. 
 
2.  Place a "CAUTION: DRIVE MUST CHOCK WHEELS" at each bulkhead.  These signs must be permanently displayed as a reminder to the transport driver.  The signs shall be at least 8 1/2 inches high by 11 inches wide, made of metal or other comparable material, with a yellow background.  Below is an example of a sign.  Contact your ammonia equipment supplier to order these signs.  
 
 
3.  You must have a written record of all storage tank. nurse tank and tool bar inspections and maintenance.  These records must be kept at the facility for a period of five years or until the tanks or tool bars are sold or removed from service.  This requirement was effective immediately when the rules were enacted (July 1, 2016).  
 
PLEASE NOTE:  If you hire a farmer to perform custom ammonia application on behalf of your business, that person MUST be a certified competent attendant.  Just because the person is a farmer as their normal profession does not exempt them from mandatory training if they are working on your behalf.  Watch your mail for a brochure on the upcoming fall ammonia training courses.
 
For all questions pertaining to anhydrous ammonia, please call John Rebholz at (309) 827-2774 or john@ifca.com.  Visit our website at www.ifca.com for a guidance document on all the ammonia facility requirements.