Originally Posted by sd4chiefs
So, you would be OK with someone having 270 tons of ammonium nitrate next door to your house?
Kinda. Then I could apply it instead of anhydrous.
There is 100x that within a mile of my house. It's not AN, hell I didn't even know AN was still commercially available. But the fact remains that 270 tons is a very small amount. In order for agriculture to function, massive amounts of nitrogen fertilizer have to be stored somewhere. This AN was mishandled. There is all manner of unsavory shit around that will cause massive problems if it is mishandled.
Hell, I tow 8 tons of anhydrous ammonia through the field at one time. Some ****ers have 12 ton tanks. And I'd be willing to bet that NH3 kills more people per year than does AN, it just does it with less fireworks.
Consider this. USDA says the nation will produce 15 billion bushels roughly. At .8 lbs actual N per bushel that is 12 billion pounds actual N that will be needed to grow the crop. That was 183,600 lbs actual N. Now some of it will go on as urea, NH3 and some manure, but as you can tell if you can do math, there is a ****load of fertilizer around.
Short answer: yes. I do. My town folds up if there is no nitrogen source around.