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DHS Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Ammonium Nitrate Security Program

08/04/11

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Yesterday, August 3rd 2011, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register announcing its proposed Ammonium Nitrate Security Program, a system for regulating the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate.

The proposed program would require the registration of purchasers and sellers of ammonium nitrate with DHS, with all applicants being vetted against the Terrorist Screening Database.  Following screening, approved individuals would then be issued registration numbers by DHS that would authorize them to engage in the sale, purchase, or transfer of ammonium nitrate.  The proposal would also require entities that sell ammonium nitrate to retain detailed records of sales and information about purchasers or third-parties to whom they transfer the regulated product.  Sellers would also be required to report any theft or loss of ammonium nitrate to federal authorities within 24 hours of discovery.  DHS would also be allowed to inspect and audit facility records to ensure compliance.

DHS is seeking public comments on this NPRM, identified by docket number 2008–007, through December 1st, 2011.  Comments can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov/.
 







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