Fertilizer group pushes education as US environmental rules loom

26 September 2011 20:25  [Source: ICIS news]

CHICAGO (ICIS)--A fertilizer trade group is promoting educational programmes regarding nutrients released into the environment ­– as concerns rise that regulators could become more aggressive about addressing the issue, an executive of the association said on Monday.

"The fertilizer industry is concerned that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is becoming more aggressive in pushing for the establishment of regulations that would limit the amount of nutrients released into the environment in an effort to reduce water and air pollution," said The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) vice president William Herz on the sidelines of the 2011 World Fertilizer Conference.

"The fertilizer industry is trying to get ahead of nutrient limit regulations before the issue becomes larger," Herz said.

TFI, in partnership with the International Plant Nutrition Research Institute and others, is working to promote nutrient stewardship through educational programmes directed toward fertilizer companies, crop consultants and farmers.

TFI is concerned with plant nutrients from the point of manufacture to their eventual release into the environment, said Herz.

"TFI member companies understand that producer responsibility for fertilizer products does not stop when a product is sold," Herz said.

More than 900 industry representatives from 60 countries are attending the TFI-hosted conference at Chicago's Fairmont Hotel.

By: Frank Zaworski
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