US flag   Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Ammonium Nitrate Security Statutes and Regulations

Statutes

Section 563 of the 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Subtitle J, Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate ("Section 563"), Public Law 110–161  (PDF, 614 pages – 1.7 MB), amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The amendment requires the Department to "regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an ammonium nitrate facility ... to prevent the misappropriation or use of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism."

Regulations

Proposed Rule: Ammonium Nitrate Security Program  (PDF, 50 pages – 379 KB). Published August 3, 2011. This proposed rule would implement anti-terrorism measures to better secure the homeland. The Department of Homeland Security would regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate pursuant to section 563 of the Fiscal Year 2008 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, Public Law 110–161 (PDF, 614 pages – 1.7 MB), with the purpose of preventing the use of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism. This proposed rule seeks comment on both proposed text for such a regulation and on several practical and legal issues integral to the development of an Ammonium Nitrate Security Program. Comments were accepted from all sources through December 3, 2011.

Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate Program  (PDF, 3 pages – 59 KB). Published October 29, 208. This Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) seeks comment on a recent amendment to the Homeland Security Act entitled the Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate. The amendment requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS or Department) to "regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an ammonium nitrate facility ... to prevent the misappropriation or use of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism." Comments on the ANRM were accepted through December 29, 2008.

Notices

Notice of Public Meetings: Ammonium Nitrate Security Program (PDF, 2 pages – 145 KB), Published October 7, 2011. The National Protection and Programs Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security is announcing a series of public meetings to consult with the public on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), entitled "Ammonium Nitrate Security Program," which was published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2011.

Under the proposed rule, the Department of Homeland Security would regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate pursuant to section 563 of the Fiscal Year 2008 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act with the purpose of preventing the use of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism. The Department seeks public input on the proposed rule, particularly input regarding the questions and issues raised in the NPRM and raised in this notice of public meetings.

Back to Top