Anhydrous Ammonia Info
New DOT Safety Advisory on Anhydrous Ammonia Transfer Hoses
Read a safety advisory issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), regarding anhydrous ammonia and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hoses used to transfer materials from cargo tanks to storage tanks. The safety advisory is the result of hoses being used that are incompatible with the material. Please review this advisory carefully. DOT suggests the advisory be included in employee hazardous materials training and distributed to each employee responsible for the safe loading and unloading of LPG and ammonia
MDA NH3 Safety Advice
SP-13554 Incorporated Into DOT Regulations.
The Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), issued its long awaited final rule incorporating several long-standing special permits into the federal hazardous materials regulations. Special permit 13554, held by TFI on behalf of its members is now included into rulemaking. As a result of the final rule, nurse tanks with missing or illegible data plates enrolled in the NTIP and operating under SP-13554 will no longer need to be marked with the special permit number, but the requirements contained in the special permit for continued operation will still need to be met. That is, nurse tanks with missing or illegible data plates will still need to undergo the hydrostatic, visual, thickness testing and pass all inspections in order to remain in service. Although the tanks will no longer need to be marked with the SP-13554 sticker, once the tanks have passed the visual, thickness and pressure tests, it must be marked with the month and year the test was completed along with the corresponding tests passed such as V,T,P. NH3 nurse tanks that pass the visual thickness and pressure tests must then be permanently marked near the test and inspection markings with a unique owner's identification number in letters and numbers at least a half inch in height and width. Please carefully review the requirements contained in Section 173.315 (m) (1) and (2) for operating nurse tanks with missing or illegible dataplates.
Copy of the final rule.
NH3 Service Status Policy Information
The Minnesota Crop Production Retailers, the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association and the Cooperative Network met with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to discuss the Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) Service Status Policy. In 2007, the MDA, in cooperation with industry, developed an Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) Service Status Policy (“Policy”). This Policy provides desired industry compliance flexibility without undermining MDA’s regulatory and safety requirements. For whatever unknown reason, MDA inspections of equipment and storage facilities since 2007 have shown that the Policy has been seldom used.
While use of the Policy is not mandatory, it does provide clear benefits. These benefits are:
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