Senators Oppose Regulation of Ammonium Nitrate (AN) Under EPA's RMP Rule
Led by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Pat Toomey (R-PA), sent a letter in opposition to a proposal of President’s Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Improving Chemical Safety and Security to list AN under EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP). The proposal was one of many options advanced by the IWG established under Executive Order 13650 in the wake of the West, TX tragedy. The West, TX incident was a consequence of noncompliance, and the Senators’ reminded the IWG that existing rules, primarily OSHA’s standards at 29 CFR 1910.109(i), are sufficient to address risks posed by AN. Burdening compliant companies dependent on AN with additional regulations will not protect workers, responders or the public from companies that ignore these safety rules.