2008 Critical Use Exemption Nominations from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
On January 24, 2006, the U.S. government transmitted to the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) its fourth nomination for a critical use exemption (CUE) from the phaseout of methyl bromide (MeBr). This request was for the 2008 calendar year and amounts to 25 percent of 1991 baseline levels.
This nomination covers exemptions for 15 crops or uses, including tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, cucurbits, orchard replants, and post-harvest uses. The 2008 request represents a continued reduction from earlier years, due to the introduction of alternatives into the marketplace and other factors.
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.
Nomination Chapters for 2008
Cover Letter to the Ozone Secretariat (PDF, 1 pp., 15 KB)
2008 Numerical Analysis (PDF, 1 pp., 59 KB)