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Chemical security bill could put the squeeze on anhydrous ammonia availability

November 7, 2009

Instead of simply extending a three-year-old law regulating the security of chemical facilities, Congress felt compelled to cave into anti-chemical interests and pass H.R. 2868, the Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Act of 2009. 

The vote Friday afternoon was 230-193.

Under the guise of anti-terrorism, the bill expands the authority of the Department of Homeland Security to impose new regulations on chemical facilities, including provisions for use of inherently safer technology (IST) which will force agricultural input dealers to change their product mix in the name of security.

Our big fear is that anhydrous ammonia will be left out of the mix.

The bill also opens the door for citizen lawsuits.  IFB worked with GROWMARK, Inc. and the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association to oppose the bill.   We will fight the bill in the Senate.

Please go to the Legislative Action Center and thank Reps. Biggert, Halvorson, Hare, Johnson, Kirk, Manzullo, Roskam, Schock, and Shimkus for their NO votes.

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