Farmers Urged to Review New Department of Homeland Security Chemical Guidelines

HARRISBURG , Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmers and agribusinesses should review chemical guidelines and determine whether they will be affected by a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation, Agriculture Secretary Dennis...


HARRISBURG , Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmers and agribusinesses should review chemical guidelines and determine whether they will be affected by a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security regulation, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today.

In an effort to increase the security of high-risk chemical facilities, the Department of Homeland Security recently released a list of chemicals that, if possessed by a facility in a specified quantity, would require them to complete a Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Top-Screen assessment. Those required to go through this initial screening must do so before Jan. 21 .

Failure to comply with the regulations could result in civil penalties of up to $25,000 per day or the shut down of the facility.

"Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses storing fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals might be affected by these new regulations, so it is important that they quickly determine if they meet the new federal requirements," said Wolff. "I urge all producers and businesses to review the requirements and contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security if they have any questions.

"The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is seeking further information regarding the new federal chemical regulations, but wanted to inform farmers that they may be affected."

Information is available on the department's Web site at http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us under "What's New."

Chemicals of interest and quantities that are most likely to affect agriculture include, but are not limited to:

For more information on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or to view the chemicals of interest list, visit http://www.dhs.gov/chemicalsecurity. For questions when completing the top screen, call the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards help desk at 866-323-2957.

CONTACT: Kristi L. Rooker

(717) 787-5085

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture