Fertilizer industry supports new federal Regulations

    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's fertilizer industry supports new
federal Regulations to add nine substances, including several fertilizers, to
the restricted components list. The Regulations were announced today by
Natural Resources Canada.
    The Canadian Fertilizer Institute has worked in close co-operation with
the Explosives Branch of Natural Resources Canada on the development of the
new Regulations while, at the same time, implementing an industry Code of
Practice for the safe storage and handling of ammonium nitrate.
    "We encourage everyone involved in the agriculture industry to be in full
compliance well before the Regulations start coming into effect on June 1,
2008," said CFI President Roger Larson. "Security is everyone's business.
Fertilizer companies have been essentially in compliance for a number of years
under the voluntary Code of Practice. These Regulations will strengthen our
Code and are consistent with security measures in other countries."
    The Regulations add four materials used as fertilizers, or in the making
of fertilizers, to the restricted components list: ammonium nitrate, nitric
acid, potassium nitrate and sodium nitrate. Ammonium nitrate is the only one
of these four that is commonly used as a fertilizer in Canada and is the most
significant part of the Regulations.
    Nitrogen fertilizer products such as ammonium nitrate promote vigorous
plant growth and deliver crop yields that help keep farmers in business.
Ammonium nitrate is safe when properly handled by suppliers and farmers.
However, it is one of the many products that can be used as an ingredient for
making illegal explosives. The fertilizer industry, Natural Resources Canada
and the RCMP implemented a Code of Practice for the secure storage,
transportation and sale of ammonium nitrate more than two years ago.
    CFI and agri-retailers have distributed thousands of copies of a brochure
and poster to educate stakeholders on secure storage, transportation and sale
of ammonium nitrate as part of the "On Guard for Canada" program. The program
urges everyone who handles ammonium nitrate to implement security plans,
maintain records of all sales of ammonium nitrate and alert law enforcement
officials of suspicious activity by using a toll-free RCMP hotline:
    "Care needs to be taken to keep ammonium nitrate in the right hands,"
said Dave Finlayson, Executive Director of the Fertilizer Safety and Security
Council. "Retailers know their customers, local soil conditions and the
products needed for farming in their area. This knowledge can be put to use
when selling ammonium nitrate, which is particularly important to farmers in
Eastern Canada. Retailers are keeping records on ammonium nitrate sales to
protect the public."

    For more information, or to download a copy of the AN brochure "On Guard
for Canada," visit the Fertilizer Safetyand Security Council's website at

    The Canadian Fertilizer Institute is an industry association representing
manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate,
potash and sulphur fertilizers. Our mission is to be the unified voice of the
Canadian fertilizer industry by promoting the responsible, sustainable and
safe production, distribution and use of fertilizers. Our industry employs
12,000 Canadians and contributes $7 billion annually to Canada's economy. Our
products contribute to the supply of safe, nutritious food in Canada and
around the world.

For further information:

For further information: Catherine King, (613) 786-3026, cking@cfi.ca

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