In 2012 the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) completed 104 routine anhydrous ammonia (NH3) equipment/storage facility inspections and 44 complaint/incident investigations. To date, in 2013 financial penalties have resulted in 20% fewer actions. The MDA believes this reflects a greater focus and commitment to safety by permitted NH3 facilities which will likely translate to fewer NH3 incidents in the future. The MDA hopes the information in this document and on the Anhydrous Ammonia Program webpage will continue to encourage greater compliance in the future. We hope that you have a safe and productive field season and please contact us at the phone numbers/e-mail addresses listed at the bottom of this page.
Dangerous Violations and Remedies:
The MDA strongly recommends that self-inspections be conducted and non-compliance corrected.
Bob Rialson - Southwest Minnesota
Jeff Lorentz - Central Minnesota
Jim Freilinger - Southeast Minnesota, various
Scott Revier - Northwest Minnesota