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regarding imports, there are several applicable laws about fertilizers, and
they are applied by the USDA. Basically, the analysis of ingredients MUST be
present, giving both the percentage of N, P, and K, and the sources. Other
things must also be listed, also giving the percentages, and the sources of
It does not take much thinking to realize that aquatic plant fertilizers
have, in general, violated these laws (some are Federal, thus USDA, some
State, with the State Department of Agriculture doing the enforcing) for a
loooooong time. Many house plant fertilizers are also in this category.
Sounds like "someone" decided to do some enforcement. And, the 911 incidents
may be the "trigger." Ammonium Nitrate is a very good fertilizer, but from
waaay back its use or misuse as an explosive is well known. Anybody else old
enough to remember Texas City? It was an accident.