2014 Critical Use Exemption Nominations from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide
On January 31, 2012, 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 2014 calendar year and amounts to 1.7 percent of 1991 baseline levels.
This nomination covers exemptions for 4 uses: strawberries, commodities, structures, and dried cured ham. This 2014 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 2012, the Parties to the Protocol will meet and review the MBTOC recommendations for the continued production and import of methyl bromide for 2014 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 2014.
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Cover letter to the Ozone Secretariat (PDF, 1 pg., 47 KB)
Commodities (PDF, 14 pp., 260 KB)
Food Facilities (PDF, 11 pp., 253 KB)
Ham (PDF, 6 pp., 154 KB)
Strawberry Fruit (PDF, 15 pp., 189 KB)