2012 Critical Use Exemption Nominations from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
On January 22, 2010, the U.S. Government transmitted to the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) its eighth nomination for a critical use exemption (CUE) from the phaseout of methyl bromide (MeBr). This request is for the 2012 calendar year and amounts to 4.63 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. This 2012 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 2010, the Parties to the Protocol will meet and review the MBTOC recommendations for the continued production and import of methyl bromide for 2012 to meet authorized critical needs.
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., 29 KB)
Commodities (PDF, 11 pp., 116 KB)
Cucurbits (PDF, 22 pp., 211 KB)
Eggplant (PDF, 15 pp., 160 KB)
Fruit, Nut, and Flower Nursery (PDF, 12 pp., 112 KB)
Food Facilities (PDF, 11 pp., 119 KB)
Forest Seedling (PDF, 15 pp., 164 KB)
Ham (PDF, 6 pp., 78.4 KB)
Orchard Replant (PDF, 19 pp., 112 KB)
Ornamental (PDF, 19 pp., 143 KB)
Peppers (PDF, 16 pp., 167 KB)
Post Harvest (NPMA) (PDF, 11 pp., 105 KB)
Strawberry Fruit (PDF, 17 pp., 170 KB)
Strawberry Nursery (PDF, 9 pp., 100 KB)
Sweet Potato Slips (PDF, 15 pp., 334 KB)
Tomato (PDF, 27 pp., 247 KB)