Ammonia nurse tanks won’t be idled, say groups

Farmers shouldn’t worry about their nurse tanks being sidelined this spring, say Fertilizer Canada and the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers.

Revised Transport Canada regulations came into effect earlier this year that increase the frequency of hydrostatic testing and visual inspection of ammonia nurse and applicator tanks. The rule change has the potential to sideline a large percentage of nurse tanks, but Fertilizer Canada and the agri-retailers’ association said in a joint statement they “are working closely with Transport Canada and farmer groups to ensure that ammonia nurse tanks will be available to meet all farmer needs this spring.”

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The statement came in response to a farm media report that said up to 80 per cent of nurse tanks might have to be idled this spring. The article “significantly overstates the number of nurse tanks that could be out of compliance,” the two organizations said.

“Many agri-retailers have already conducted required testing to bring nurse tanks into full compliance for this spring seeding season and work will continue in weeks ahead. We are working to ensure this issue is resolved and our goal is to have all nurse tanks in service this spring.”

No decision has been made on mitigating the regulatory changes on anhydrous ammonia tanks, a Transport Canada official said on March 19.

“The discussions are going well, but not as fast as everyone would like,” added Mitch Rezansoff, executive director of the agri-retailers’s association.

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