The trustees of Sharon Township in Ohio, US, are asking the state’s department of agriculture to disallow the use and storage of anhydrous ammonia in a tank facility.
The suit was filed against the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) due to of concerns the 12,000 gallon storage facility along Beach Road in Ohio ‘fails completely to provide reasonable protection for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens’ in the town.
The tank facility is situated in a ‘populated area’ within a couple of miles from the city of Wadsworth, the trustees say, and this means the Ohio public is at ‘risk of serious physical harm, including but not limited to disfigurement and death’.
The trustees say the law surrounding the installation of petrochemical facilities in the state are currently ‘too relaxed’ and that there are no limits of the size of the tanks, nor is there need for a background check on the installer or user of the tank or a requirement for safety systems.
The complaint against the ODA asks for action to be taken to stop the department from approving any more permits for anhydrous ammonia tanks on farms until stricter laws have been implemented.
A court hearing against the ODA will be held on March 8, examining whether to remove the tank on Beach Road even though the development was approved in April last year by the ODA.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, anhydrous ammonia can give respiratory injuries and burns to the skin and eyes and even cause fatalities.