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Anhydrous Ammonia Gets a New Addititive

posted on October 13, 2006

A chemical added to anhydrous ammonia, will render it useless for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The ingredient, calcium nitrate, is described as environmentally friendly and won't do any damage when farmers apply the fertilizer to their cropland.

The hope is the additive to the nitrogen fertilizer will deter the alarming number of anhydrous thefts from tanks kept on farms, cooperatives and other retail outlets.

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D) Iowa, said the new chemical builds on a state law limiting the availability of many common cold and sinus medicines that contain pseudoephedrine – another chemical used in making meth.

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