Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
April 3, 1998
Scott Nachtrieb (866-4752)
TITLE: CONCERNING THE HANDLING OF SUBSTANCES USED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.
Summary of Assessment
The bill would exempt agricultural users from recently adopted federal hazardous materials transportation rules. The transportation of agricultural products would be exempt from the hazardous materials requirements when the products are:
∙ other than class 2 materials as used in federal rules;
∙ transported over local roads or between fields of the same farm; or
∙ transported by a farmer who is an intrastate private motor carrier.
Agricultural products would be exempt from the emergency response and training requirements if they are transported within 150 miles of a farm when:
∙ transported by a farmer who is an intrastate private motor carrier;
∙ the total amount of agricultural product on a single vehicle is less than
16,094 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer;
502 gallons for liquids or gasses;
∙ or 5,070 pounds for solids of any other agricultural product; and
∙ the packaging conforms to rules adopted by the Department of Agriculture.
The Department of Agriculture would have to adopt packaging rules by no later than September 31, 1998. The bill would become effective upon the Governor’s signature.
The Department of Agriculture would experience some costs of developing packaging rules and regulations. These costs are estimated to be minimal and would be absorbed within the existing resources and not require an additional appropriation.
Agriculture Public Safety Regulatory Agencies Transportation