Ag retailers recognize Heitkamp as "Legislator of the Year"

Published online: Feb 15, 2017 News

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Agricultural Retailers Association honored U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp with its “Legislator of the Year” award, recognizing her work to stop a harmful Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard that would have shuttered North Dakota fertilizer retailers and forced farmers to travel further to purchase fertilizer.

Heitkamp fought for over a year to keep OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard from going into effect. It would have applied tough, across-the-board restrictions on agricultural retailers that sell anhydrous ammonia, a common fertilizer, burdening retailers and farmers.

The award also recognized Heitkamp’s efforts to fix the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s over-reaching Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, including introducing a bipartisan bill to accomplish that goal.