Legislative Updates Updated November 15, 2016  


New IL Ammonia Rules & Compliance Guide

New rules for anhydrous ammonia facilities are effective July 1, 2016. Click below for the new rules and a compliance guide from IFCA.  

PSM Ammonia Regulation

Click below for the latest on the PSM rule. Go to www.asmark.org to view the PSM compliance tools.  

Restricted CDL For Transporting Ammonia Nurse Tanks

Click below for the application form to the IL Sec of State to obtain a restricted CDL for transporting ammonia nurse tanks.  
 restrictedcdl.pdf (204.27KB)

RMP Five Year Update

June 2014 is the renewal date for most facilities regulated under the U.S. EPA Risk Management Plan (RMP) requirements. If you store bulk anhydrous ammonia, you must have a RMP. The RMP documentation and requirements have received a lot of attention over the last year in the wake of the fire and explosion at the West, Texas ag retail facility. Expect U.S. EPA Region V to conduct RMP audits at Illinois ag retail facilities. The Fertilizer Institute and Asmark Institute developed...More

Class A CDL Not Needed to Transport Ammonia Nurse Tanks

IFCA has received clear guidance from both the Illinois Secretary of State CDL division and the Illinois State Police enforcement division regarding the type of CDL needed to transport anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks. There has been some confusion on this issue which we are happy to clarify as follows: 1. An anhydrous ammonia nurse tank is an implement of husbandry and as such, the weight of the nurse tank is not factored into the CDL weight classification. 2. Anhydrous...More

Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Program for Farmers

Funded bythe Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), this program consists of five ammonia safety training modules. Go to http://learning.ifca.com. If you have any questions please contact the IFCA office.  

IFCA Announces New Effort to Improve NH3 Safety

Today the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the IFCA issued a joint press release announcing the creation of a new web-based training program for anhydrous ammonia safety for farmers. This innovative new program features video, animation and on-line information pertaining to ammonia properties, protective equipment, equipment hook-up, safe transportation and emergency response. We are asking ag retailers to let their customers know of the availability of this program to increase...More

Towing NH3 Nurse Tanks At Night

Remember when hauling anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks or other implements of husbandry after sunset, the towing vehicles or implements of husbandrymust be equiped with an amber rotating or flashing light. The lights can also be operated during daylight hours but they are required between sunset and sunrise.  

OSHA Checking For PPE Compliance

IFCA recently received a report from a member in northern Illinois regarding a roadside OSHA inspection. A farmer in northern Illinois was applying anhydrous ammonia this week and as he began switching an empty NH3 nurse tank for a full tank a representative from OSHA approached the farmer in the field. The farmer was not wearing gloves and goggles as he was hooking the tank to the toolbar prompting the OSHA representative to pull off the side of the road and inform the farmer he needs...More

Ammonia Technician Course Available

There are still a few seats open this fall for the Asmark Institute's Ammonia Technician Course which is geared toward the needs of facility personnel responsible for maintaining the mechanical integrity of anhydrous ammonia installations. This first course of its kind will be offered at the Agricenter Training Complex in Bloomington, IL. The goal of this 3 day long course is to foster a strong preventative maintenance message and prepare participants to return to their facility trained...More

American Welding & Tank Update

Anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks manufactured between June 2009 and September 2010 by American Welding & Tank, LLC have experienced some defects. American Welding & Tank has asked the industry to distribute information on the inspection and warranty of these nurse tanks. Please click on the attachment to this email view the notice and inspection program. IFCA is here to assist with any issues you have relative to ammonia equipment, operations and safety so please don't hesitate to contact...More
 aw&t_notice.pdf (30.16KB)

Click on the link to view the American Welding and Tank advisory letter.  

Reporting NH3 Releases

IFCA recently met with Illinois EPA regarding anhydrous ammonia releases over the past two years. IEPA and IDA report that NH3 releases at stationary storage locations are down but field of application releases are slightly higher. Once an anhydrous ammonia release has been reported to IEPA, they will then send an Incident Inquiry Letter (IIL) to the responsible party requesting a detailed description of the incident and cause. It is extremely important to respond to the Incident Inquiry...More

Implements of Husbandry Crossing State Lines

Taking implements of husbandry, such as NH3 nurse tanks,across state lines has been a controversial topic over the last few years. DOT has just recently clarified that implements of husbandry are not commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and therefore not subject to the CMV regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) authority covers persons who operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Therefore,when an implement of husbandry crosses state lines...More

DHS Re-Evaluates Tier Rankings within CFATS Program

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) reports that on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted a conference call with industry representatives to discuss technical issues with the Risk Assessment methodology used for establishing Tier Rankings in the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. There was a correction made to the methodology that resulted in a re-evaluation of 360 facilities with final Tier Rankings. These facilities were originally tiered...More

SP-13554 Incorporated Into DOT Regulations

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced today 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...More

Fall Nitrogen Best Management Practices

Please click on the link below to determine the most economically optimal nitrogen rate using the nitrogen rate calculator. extension.agron.iastate.edu/soilfertility/nrate.aspx Also please click on the attachedpdf article by University of Illinois Extension Specialist in soil fertility,Fabian Fernandez, regarding timely nitrogen application.  

Guide To Anhydrous Ammonia Safety

Click here to see a brochure illustrating common accidents with ammonia application and how to prevent them.  
 657_1.pdf (2.21MB)

IL SOS Nurse Tank Licensing Procedures

Click here for the explanation memo and new form for licensing fertilizer nurse tank trailers if the trailers do not have a title of certificate or origin.  

USEPA Region 5 Reporting Requirements Power Point Presentation

Click on the link to access the Power Point Presentation and interpretive guidance given by Region V USEPA representatives at the 2010 Regulatory Workshop held in Peoria, IL. 

Risk Management Program Guidance

Click on the attachment to view the guidance document to assist in preparing your Risk Management Plan and Risk Management Program for your facility. 
 412_1.pdf (157.07KB)

Farmer Owned NH3 Storage and Nurse Tank Guide To Regulatory Requirements

IFCA, in partnership with Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Corn Growers Association developed a brochure outlining the regulatory requirements farmers must comply with if they own anhydrous ammonia storage tanks or anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks. Please click on the link to access theregulatory brochure.  
 396_1.pdf (1.44MB)

Regulatory Alert: USDOT Nurse Tank Advisory Letter Dec 2008

Click here to see the IFCA Regulatory Alert and December 2008 letter from USDOT containing information and photographs on anhydrous ammonia nurse tank compliance issues. 
 325_1.pdf (30.3KB)
 325_2.pdf (245.43KB)

Illinois Hours of Service Law

This document explains the hours of service exception for transporting agricultural inputs including anhydrous ammonia. 
 316_1.pdf (29.04KB)

Legible NH3 Nurse Tank Data Plate Requirements

 312_1.pdf (81.88KB)

TWIC Poster

This poster contains information for shippers of hazardous materials entering river terminals regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). 
 256_1.pdf (849.62KB)

TWIC Information

TWIC or Transportation Worker Identification Credential is a new identification system required by people entering secure areas at our nations ports. This may include barge terminals that offload dry or liquid fertilizer and anhydrous ammonia. Click on this pdf file to get information regarding how and where to apply for a TWIC. 
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All facilities that register and submit Top-Screen information to DHS must also complete Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) training. This consists of an an online training module which takes approximately twenty minutes to complete. Click on this link to access the CVI training module, complete the training and print a certificate of completion. 

Is It Time To Update Your Emergency Sign?

Is your company emergency sign faded to the point where you can't read the information anymore?TheIllinois Department of Agricultureanhydrous ammonia regulations require anemergency sign with letters of a minimum height of two inches including at a minimum the name and phone number of the owner, manager or agent of the anhydrous ammonia storage location. The sign must be located at the entrance to the site property or apart from the storage tanks. The Asmark Institute emergency sign programgoes...More

Emergency Response Reporting Instructions


R Stamp Welders & CT Facilities in Illinois/Iowa

Click on this PDF to view R-Stamp Welders and DOT CT facilities that are certified to weld on anyhdrous ammonia nurse tanks in Illinois and perform testing for the Nurse Tank Inspection Program.  

Proper Marking For NH3 Nurse Tanks

 167_1.pdf (114.67KB)

Click this link to visit the TFI homepage including access to the my RMP program. 

License Plate Law for Fertilizer Tanks & Spreaders

 149_1.pdf (17.19KB)

Size Weight & Load Regulations

 131_1.pdf (10.73KB)

TailLight And Light Bar Exemption for NH3 Nurse Tanks

 113_1.pdf (128.78KB)

Light Requirements for NH3 Nurse Tanks

 112_1.pdf (167.13KB)

Official HAZMAT Endorsement Instructions & Fingerprint Locations

 110_1.pdf (17.57KB)


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is backing a new rule that prohibits converting ammonia nurse tanks to LP service. The NFPA recommendations states that except for containers used in cargo tank vehicle service, ASME containers of 3,000 gallons water capacity or less used to store anhydrous ammonia shall not be converted to LP gas fuel service. Keep in mind that this new provision is simply a recommendation by NFPA. Unless the state of Illinois adopts the provisions set forth...More

RMP Audit Checklist

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