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Anhydrous AmmoniaAnhydrous Ammonia Fertilizer Brochure
Producers throughout Michigan use anhydrous ammonia as a source of nitrogen fertilizer for crops. Anhydrous ammonia has several advantages, it is readily available and is a low cost form of nitrogen. However, anhydrous ammonia also has disadvantages, especially in its handling. It must be stored and handled under high pressure, which requires specially designed and well-maintained equipment. Workers also must be trained to handle this product and follow strict work procedures to ensure operator safety.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) reminds agricultural producers and dealers to be familiar with the safe use of anhydrous ammonia, understand the potential for injury, and know how to properly and quickly respond in an emergency situation.
IMPORTANT SAFETY POINTS
With proper precautions, anhydrous ammonia can be handled and used safely. It is imperative that all equipment is properly maintained and checked daily. A regular, scheduled maintenance program will help ensure that all valves and the tank are safe for handling the high pressure liquid and its vapor form.
For more information about anhydrous ammonia safety:
Anhydrous ammonia is one of the key ingredients in the illegal production of methamphetamine. The wrongful use of anhydrous ammonia is of great concern to the agriculture industry since it is widely used as a low-cost form of agricultural fertilizer. MDARD is working in cooperation with other state agencies, industry and other stakeholders to advise agricultural dealers and farmers on how they can help deter illicit use of anhydrous ammonia while protecting its safe, intended use.
If you see suspicious individuals or activity near anhydrous tanks DO NOT APPROACH OR CONFRONT these individuals.
Call the toll free tip line:
ANHYDROUS AMMONIA CONTACTS
Four state agencies in Michigan, including the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, are responsible for certain components of anhydrous ammonia issues:
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Bureau of Safety & Regulation Standards Division
Michigan State Police (MSP), Motor Carrier Division, Hazardous Materials Section
Michigan Farmer's Transportation Guidebook - Page 23 discusses nurse tank marking.
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