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Anhydrous Ammonia

Anhydrous ammonia is a highly effective fertilizer that helps farmers feed our growing population and replenish nutrients in the soil. As a fertilizer, it provides essential nitrogen for plants and is imperative that proper precautions are taken to ensure that it is handled correctly.

All anhydrous ammonia agri-retail sites in Canada must be fully compliant with the standards outlined in the Ammonia Code of Practice. The Code applies to agricultural ammonia including road and rail transportation, storage and handling of products. It outlines best practices applicable to the distribution, storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia to ensure safety and security.

45-Day Comment Period for the Ammonia Code of Practice Proposed Site Security Amendment

Proposed Amendments to the Ammonia Code of Practice Security for Anhydrous Ammonia Storage and Handling Operations

Protocol A4.1 outlines a number of acceptable measures to prevent unauthorized access to anhydrous ammonia while in retail storage. The proposed amendment would require the mandatory installation and use of fencing measures and forgoing the options of valve and tank securement or other physical means of security. All newly construction sites after January 1, 2019, must include fencing while currently certified sites must install fencing by January 1, 2021.

As a Fertilizer Canada member and/or stakeholder, your feedback is important to us. Fertilizer Canada is committed to providing a robust Code and will continue to work with the fertilizer industry to maintain our social license to operate, keeping employees, farmers and the public safe.

The submission deadline has closed – updates will follow accordingly. 

Full memo here.

View the Anhydrous Ammonia Code of Practice Proposal – Amendment to Protocol A4.1 here.

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