A Proposed Streamlining for Fertilizer Licensing

The North Dakota Senate Agriculture Committee delivered a ‘do pass’ recommendation for a bill to streamline the process for licensing anhydrous ammonia facilities. According to State Pesticide and Fertilizer Division Director Eric Delzer, counties currently need to approve a license for every transaction. That would include a simple transfer of ownership for a grandfathered facility. “Most counties have been very good to work with and provide a quick turnaround. However, other counties have not been so responsive. We’ve had certain instances where it’s taken over eight months to get a simple approval and we currently have an application that was submitted 15 months ago and despite many attempts to engage with the county, we are still awaiting a response.” The bill also calls for a reasonable timeline for a zoning review.