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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Crandall

August 15, 2001

FY 01-07

"Be Secure for America" Campaign

Washington, DC - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
(ATF) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announce the national kickoff
for a joint program, the "Be Secure For America" campaign. A
joint letter of cooperation was signed today by the Director of ATF, Bradley
A. Buckles, and by the President of TFI, Gary Myers. The signing took
place at the ATF Headquarters Building, 650 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington,
DC 20226.

After the devastating attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
in Oklahoma City, ATF assisted TFI in creating a voluntary program that
would help the fertilizer industry be alert to suspicious purchases. The
program was designed to heighten general security, to make fertilizer
dealers aware of involving local law enforcement of their concerns, and
to give the dealers a toll-free ATF telephone number to call for direct
assistance.

Ammonium nitrate is the most common crop fertilizer used in the United
States, but was used as a component in the Oklahoma City bombing. The
industry was determined that this beneficial, necessary product would
never again used for such a destructive purpose, and so it took proactive
measures to achieve that goal. The first phase of the voluntary ATF-TFI
cooperation began in September, 1998, and was christened, "Be Aware
For America." TFI succeeded in distributing nearly 30,000 posters
and brochures to its nationwide members in order to draw attention to
the program. Since the start of the initial awareness campaign, not a
single bombing incident has been traced to the use of fertilizer-grade
ammonium nitrate.

The purpose of the new "Be Secure For America" campaign is
to take the program a step farther --to make sure that everyone in the
industry (including manufacturers, distributors, and retail dealers of
ammonium nitrate) is storing that product properly and securely. ATF visited
dealer storage sites throughout America, then assisted with suggestions
on how to improve security. Since ammonium nitrate is not an explosive
-- and is therefore not directly regulated by ATF -- these efforts mark
an important voluntary cooperation between industry and government.

Click here to read the HTML version of the Be
Secure for America pamphlet
.

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