Community Outreach from Homeland Security

10 Apr 2018 5:54 PM | Andrew (Administrator)

We wanted to make you aware that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently contacted AMA concerning the use of nitromethane in gas-powered model aircraft. DHS regulates security at high-risk chemical facilities under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, which works to reduce the security risks associated with certain chemicals that DHS has labeled “chemicals of interest.”

Nitromethane, which is used as a fuel additive in some radio control, control line and free flight model aircraft, has been identified by DHS as a “chemical of interest” and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) precursor chemical. Nitromethane can be dangerous when used inappropriately; for example, it was used in the terrorist truck bombing in Oklahoma City, OK in 1995.

There is concern extremist groups could use nitromethane to inflict harm and cause serious damage, so we ask our members to be vigilant and help identify any unusual behavior.  If there is immediate danger, call 911; otherwise contact DHS at 877-394-4347. Any individual or facility that possesses 400 lbs., approximately 42 gallons, or more of nitromethane must report their chemical holdings to DHS within 60 days by filing a Top-Screen survey. If you currently possess this amount of nitromethane, you must report your chemical holdings immediately. If you purchase this amount of nitromethane in the future, you must report it to DHS. How do I report to DHS?

Thank you for all you do to protect our longstanding hobby, including complying with processes like those outlined above. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the AMA Government Affairs team at 800-435-9262.

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