Obama wants improvements in fertilizer safety

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President Obama has engaged his administration in the process of improving chemical safety for handling and storage of ammonium nitrate at the urging of Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee.

Last week, an executive order created a series of deadlines that “a team of Cabinet members and agency heads must meet for overhauling best safety practices, data-sharing and emergency response,” according to Reese Dunklin and Matt Jacob for the Dallas News.

Some observers see the administration’s involvement in directives targeted toward improvements in the storage and handling of ammonium nitrate as significant, but how successful any fixes can be and if they will over regulate the fertilizer industry in general is a question.

To read the full Dallas News article click here.  

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IL  |  August, 08, 2013 at 09:17 AM

Let no tragedy go to waste as an opportunity to further regulate. Why can't we streamline the regulations we have already? Our regulations are costing us time, money and jobs. We need to inspect and enforce the regulations we already have in place and use common sense (not emotion) to streamline them.

PNW  |  August, 08, 2013 at 10:11 AM

When "common sense" fails, then what?

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