2015 Critical Use Exemption Nominations from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
On January 24, 2013, the U.S. Government transmitted to the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) its eleventh nomination for a critical use exemption (CUE) from the phaseout of methyl bromide (MeBr). This request is for the 2015 calendar year and amounts to 1.5 percent of 1991 baseline levels.
This nomination covers exemptions for three uses: strawberries, fresh dates, and dry cured ham.
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 2013, the Parties to the Protocol will meet and review the MBTOC recommendations for the continued production and import of methyl bromide for 2015 to meet authorized critical needs.
After the Parties to the Protocol authorize critical uses, EPA will issue a rule exempting methyl bromide production and import for approved critical users for 2015. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download, to view the files in this list. See EPA's PDF page to learn more about PDF, and for a link to the free Acrobat Reader.
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download, to view the files in this list. See EPA's PDF page to learn more about PDF, and for a link to the free Acrobat Reader.
Summary (PDF, 1 pg., 76 KB)
Cover letter to the Ozone Secretariat (PDF, 1 pg., 233 KB)
Dates (PDF, 8 pp., 222 KB)
Ham (PDF, 14 pp., 235 KB)
Strawberry Fruit (PDF, 14 pp., 211 KB)