U.S: Agricultural Retailers Association Monitoring Initial Reports from Beirut
The initial reports from the deadly explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, are pointing to ammonium nitrate (AN) as the cause for the blast, reports U.S.-based Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA).
This is developing news, but most reports indicate this was likely an accident due to negligent storage following a confiscation at the port in 2013. ARA will continue to monitor the news as the situation unfolds.
This tragic incident is a reminder of how critical it is to abide by safety protocols. ARA encourages all of its members to join ResponsibleAg in its continued industry-led work to help ensure compliance with environmental, health, safety and security regulations to keep employees, customers and communities safe.
ARA and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) published a document on safety and security guidelines specific to the storage and transportation of fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate. In addition, the International Fertilizer Association (IFA) has provided a document as guidance on mitigating risk as well.