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:
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