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					   Bulk Liquid Fertilizer Storage in
   Minnesota
              Gregg Regimbal
              Supervisor, Pesticide Management
              Unit




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On-Farm BLF Storage
    Substandard recycled tanks

    Lack of secondary containment

    Large quantities stored

    Appears to be increasing


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     Substandard Tank                    BLF Incident
                                      Cause and result of
                                      inadequate storage


                                             Clean-up




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Enforcement Actions
 Involving Growers & Dealers

             Incidents occurred

             Substandard tanks

             Nonpermitted sites




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Proper Secondary Containment




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                              On-Farm Bulk Liquid Fertilizer
 Wisconsin                             Iowa                      Michigan                      S Dakota                     N Dakota
                                                              New On-farm storage rules
No secondary containment                                     were adopted in 2003. Rules
                                Up to 5,000 (total volume)
requirements for bulk liquid                                 apply to farmers storing over                                    No secondary
                                does not need secondary                                     No secondary containment
    fertilizer on farms. An                                  30 days in tanks greater than                               containment regulations
                               containment. Anything over                                  requirement for on-farm bulk
attempt for new rules for on-                                2,500 gallons or a combined                                  of any kind; farmers or
                                5,000 (total volume) does                                     liquid fertilizer storage.
   farm storage failed this                                    total of greater than 7,500                                        dealers
                              need secondary containment.
               year.                                          gallons. (Being phased in
                                                                 over a five year period.)



                                                               Minnesota
             Current Regulations                                    Guidelines                               Proposed Rule
                                                                                                  Secondary Containment is required if
                                                                                                  any of the following conditions apply:
      1. Permit required for storage                1. Storage quantity is limited to slightly    1. Product is stored more than a total of
                                                    over a semi load (approx. 6,000 gallons)      90 days per calendar year
                                                    and for a short period of time prior to use
                                                    (approx. 4 weeks)
      2. Safeguards must prevent the escape of 2. Tanks and appurtenances in good                 2. Product is stored anytime during
      liquid fertilizer; and pollution of surface and condition                                   November 1 to February 15
      ground water
      3. Store and handle in a manner that won't    3. No storage adjacent to wells, surface      3. Storing more than 6,000 total gallons
      cause environmental problems                  waters, tile inlets or anything easily
                                                    contaminated from a spill

                                                    4. Must maintain an incident response         4. Storing closer than 150 to a well, tile
                                                    plan                                          inlet, surface inlet or surface water

                                                                                                  5. Storing in an area where the water
                                                                                                  table is less than 6 feet deep


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Permitting Options

1. “Permit Pending”
        Pre-approved plans
        Fill tanks in sound condition prior to completion of
         secondary containment


2. Traditional permit
        Complete secondary containment prior to filling
         tanks

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 Permitted On-Farm Bulk Liquid Fertilizer Storage

                    19 Farm sites permitted
                          • Total tanks: 92
                          • Average number of tanks/site: 5
                          • Storage range: 2,500 – 242,200 gals
                          • Tank size range: 1,200 – 34,600 gals
                          • Total storage: 899,549 gals
                          • Average storage/site: 47,345 gals


                    3 Farm sites are in Permit Pending Status
                          • Total tanks: 3
                          • Number of tanks/site: 1
                          • Tank size range: 5,000 – 21,000 gals
                          • Total storage: 31,000 gals



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Any Questions?


Gregg Regimbal
Supervisor, Pesticide Management Unit
651 201-6671
gregg.regimbal@state.mn.us




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MN Fertilizer Authority (cont.-)
    Liquid Commercial Fertilizer Rules (1510.0370 –
     1510.0380)
          Safeguards and storage containers must prevent the
           escape of liquid fertilizer; and prevent pollution of any
           surface or ground waters.

          Storage container is a tank in which liquid fertilizer is
           stored.

          Liquid Fertilizer is fertilizer material in a fluid,
           nonpackaged form

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MDA Authority on Fertilizer Storage
    MDA statutes:

          Permit for bulk storage of fertilizers (18C.305)

          Must store, handle and distribute fertilizer in a manner
           that does not cause unreasonable adverse effects on
           the environment (18C.201 subd.1)




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BLF Storage Guidelines
1. Storage quantity is limited to slightly over a
   semi load (approx. 6,000 gallons) and for a
   short period of time prior to use (approx. 4
   weeks)
2. Tanks and appurtenances in good condition
3. No storage adjacent to wells, surface waters,
   tile inlets or anything easily contaminated from
   a spill
4. Must maintain an incident response plan

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Rulemaking History

 New proposed BLF rule in the late 1990’s was
  not finalized

 Proposal contained more specific language
  on storage




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Overview
 On-Farm Storage Issues
 MDA’s Authority
 Storage Guidelines
 Incidents
 Enforcement
 Permitting
 Rulemaking History




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