2013 Critical Use Exemption Nominations from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
On February 4, 2011, the U.S. Government transmitted to the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) its ninth nomination for a critical use exemption (CUE) from the phaseout of methyl bromide (MeBr). This request is for the 2013 calendar year and amounts to 2.5 percent of 1991 baseline levels.
This nomination covers exemptions for 12 crops or uses, including strawberries, nursery stock, orchard replants, and post-harvest uses. This 2013 request represents a continued reduction from earlier years, due to the introduction of alternatives into the marketplace and other factors.
After the nomination is received, the Ozone Secretariat will forward the nomination package to the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC), an advisory group that provides technical expertise on methyl bromide to the Parties. MBTOC will review the nomination requests and make recommendations to the Parties. In November 2011, the Parties to the Protocol authorized the continued production and import of methyl bromide for 2013 to meet critical needs. EPA is currently developing a rulemaking to exempt methyl bromide production and import for approved critical users for 2013.
After the Parties to the Protocol authorize critical uses, EPA annual promulgates a notice-and-comment rulemaking to exempt methyl bromide production and import for approved critical users.
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Cover letter to the Ozone Secretariat (PDF, 1 pg., 271 KB)
Commodities (PDF, 13 pp., 458 KB)
Cucurbits (PDF, 23 pp., 380 KB)
Eggplant (PDF, 16 pp., 216 KB)
Fruit, Nut, and Rose Nursery (PDF, 13 pp., 389 KB)
Food Facilities (PDF, 8 pp., 387 KB)
Ham (PDF, 7 pp., 264 KB)
Orchard Replant (PDF, 17 pp., 288 KB)
Ornamental (PDF, 19 pp., 418 KB)
Peppers (PDF, 16 pp., 263 KB)
Research (PDF, 3 pp, 175 KB)
Strawberry Fruit (PDF, 15 pp., 257 KB)
Strawberry Nursery (PDF, 8 pp., 174 KB)
Tomato (PDF, 28 pp., 497 KB)
Replies to MBTOC (PDF, 15 pp., 163 KB) (modifying nominations in multiple sectors)
Replies to MBTOC on Research (PDF, 8 pp., 278 KB) (modifying nomination in research sector)