At the request of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio ordered that the age requirement set forth in Ohio Administrative Code 4901:2-5-04(A) be waived to allow the hauling of anhydrous ammonia April 1-June 30 by those 21 and younger as long as the following criteria are met:
- Within a travel distance of 150 air-mile radius from the source
- Within intrastate commerce.
OABA sought this temporary relief from the new rules governing the transportation of hazardous material, specifically anhydrous ammonia, for a number of reasons. Most importantly, many agricultural retailers have not had sufficient time to comply with the new requirements that became effective this past fall. While agricultural retailers desire to be compliant, it would have been challenging for those companies delivering anhydrous ammonia to the farm, to comply by this spring.
We appreciate the Public Utilities Commission’s understanding of our concerns and willingness to work with Ohio’s agribusiness community. This temporary exemption will allow agribusinesses to properly serve their customers, Ohio’s farmers, this spring and provide them with additional time to adjust their business model and identify/hire new drivers for future compliance with the rule.