2009 Critical Use Exemption Nominations from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
On December 15, 2006, the U.S. government transmitted to the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) its fifth nomination for a critical use exemption (CUE) from the phaseout of methyl bromide (MeBr). This request was for the 2009 calendar year and amounts to 19.5 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 2009 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.
Cover Letter to the Ozone Secretariat (PDF, 1 pp., 15 KB)
2009 Numerical Analysis (PDF, 1 pp., 20 KB)