Ammonium Nitrate Bill Passes House

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security announced passage of H.R. 1680, the "Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate Act of 2007". The bill, sponsored by Congressman Thompson, creates a nationwide standard for regulating the sale of ammonium nitrate based fertilizers nationwide that could be used in terrorist acts, without unduly burdening the agricultural sector's access to ammonium nitrate fertilizer for farming and other legitimate agricultural purposes.

Chairman Thompson issued the following statement regarding the legislation:

"As shown in Oklahoma City and incidents around the world, the threat from Ammonium Nitrate is real, and could be not ignored any longer. This is a common sense solution that strikes the right balance between ensuring access to ammonium nitrate for farmers and making it difficult for terrorists to attain."

SOURCE House Committee on Homeland Security