Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Champion Award Recipient for the 114th Congress


September 21, 2016
Washington, DC
– Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) was presented the Institute of Makers of Explosives’ “Champion” award for the 114th Congress based on his outstanding work in the United States Senate that positively impacts the safety and security of the commercial explosives industry.  IME Member companies located in Missouri include:  Austin Powder, Dyno Nobel, General Dynamics - OTS Munitions, Orica USA, Taiko International Logistics, and Tri-State Motor Transit Company, and they collectively employ over 1,000 people at 17 locations across the state.   
Among his many accomplishments, Senator Blunt is a champion because he:

  • Took on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to end the automatic denial of hazardous materials safety permits, the majority of which are held by motor carriers of explosives, and to ensure that due process was preserved if permits were revoked. 
  • Told the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) to reveal how current regulations concerning ammonia nitrate storage are not working before imposing costly new regulations on industry.
  • Put a hold on OSHA efforts to impose burdensome and ineffective regulations with no commensurate safety benefit on ammonia nitrate storage. 
  • Blocked a premature regulation dealing with ammonia nitrate security that would have crippled the industry.
  • Worked to secure funds to assess the threat of a full range of potential explosive precursors used by terrorists and to determine reasonable steps to protect these products for legitimate use.
 On behalf of the commercial explosives industry, we thank Senator Blunt for all of his hard work. 
IME is a nonprofit association founded in 1913 to provide accurate information and comprehensive recommendations concerning the safety and security of commercial explosive materials.