Pryor Working on Bill to Put Safety Regulations on Fertilizer

JUNE 8, 2005 - Posted at 3:42 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor said today that he wants to pass legislation that would require the nation's farmers to register with their departments of agriculture if they want to buy ammonium nitrate fertilizer.  The fertilizer can also be used to make bombs.

Pryor said the registration system would be a minimal burden on farmers and a great help in the fight against terror in the country.  Under the bill, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would have access to the records.

Ammonium nitrate was a key ingredient in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Gerald Fulbright, who is the assistant director of the Arkansas State Plant Board, said the board and the fertilizer industry in general supports the legislation.  He said members of the industry proposed the idea to the senators.

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