This week, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security announced the passage of H.R. 1680, the “Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate Act of 2007." The bill, sponsored by Congressman Thompson, creates a nationwide standard for regulating the sale of ammonium nitrate based fertilizers nationwide that could be used in terrorist acts. The bill will not unduly burden the agricultural sector’s access to ammonium nitrate fertilizer for farming and other legitimate agricultural purposes, says Thompson.

He issued the following statement regarding the legislation:

“As shown in Oklahoma City and incidents around the world, the threat from Ammonium Nitrate is real, and could be not ignored any longer.  This is a common sense solution that strikes the right balance between ensuring access to ammonium nitrate for farmers and making it difficult for terrorists to attain.”