Norwegian government considers strict regulations of chemicals to prevent further bomb attacks
The Justice Department believes Norway needs particularly strict regulations on the purchase of chemicals and substances that can be used to make bombs and explosives, reports Fædrelandsvennen.
According to the paper new, stricter regulations went into effect on November 17th of last year preventing the sale of fertilizer with a high concentration of ammonium nitrate to private individuals. The Justice Department, however, believes it may be necessary to introduce even stricter regulations in Norway than in the EU, writes Fædrelandsvennen.
Fædrelandsvennen also reports that the department has established two workgroups which will evaluate stricter regulations on access to chemicals such as those used by Anders Behring Breivik in the bomb that destroyed the Justice Department and other governmental offices in downtown Oslo. One workgroup will evaluate current regulations of access to ammonium nitrate and will hand in its recommendation on June 15th. The other workgroup will be evaluating a new proposal from the EU regarding the regulation of fourteen chemicals that can be used for making bombs. Breivik obtained several of these chemicals. The group will submit its recommendation by October 1st.
The Justice Department was directly hit by the Oslo explosion; the offices were destroyed and four members of staff died on 7/22. Former Justice Minister, Knut Storberget, stepped down in November last year after receiving death threats from a group called “The Organization for a Free Norway” (Organisasjonen Fritt Norge). As a result of the 7/22 attacks, the Justice Department was formally renamed the Justice and Preparedness Department to reflect the new political situation in Norway.
Two teams will arrive at a uniquely Norwegian and extra strict regulations for the purchase of chemicals and substances that can be used to make explosives and bombs.
The Justice and Preparedness Ministry has asked the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning to set up two working groups, newspaper Bergens Tidende.
One group will consider regulations for fertilizer ingredient ammonium nitrate, and the work will be completed 15 June. The mandate states that the ammonium nitrate should not be “in the wrong hands and be used in harmful activities….”
The other group will consider the EU’s proposed restrictions on access to 14 chemicals that can be used for the manufacture of homemade bombs. Several of the chemicals Anders Behring Breivik acquired, are among these, including those he imported from Poland. This group will submit its report by 1 October.
Original article: Norge kan få strengere regler for bombekjemikalier