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 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.  A copy of the final rule on testing nurse tanks is posted on the IFCA homepage.  We encourage you to review the rule and retain a copy at your facility.  

Finally, don't forget that the Addendum for nurse tanks previously tested under the special permit must be completed by February 3, 2011.  You must keep a copy of the completed addendum at your facility for each nurse tank that was tested under the old Special Permit program.  Instructions for completing the addendum are posted on the IFCA homepage or contact Kevin or Jean for assistance.