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EPA Issues 2013 Critical Use Exemptions for Methyl Bromide Uses

Monday, July 22, 2013
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The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule that, effective July 22, authorizes uses of methyl bromide that qualify for the 2013 critical use exemption and specifies the amount of methyl bromide that may be imported or produced for those uses in 2013. The critical use exemption permits the import and production of methyl bromide for uses that do not have technically and economically feasible alternatives. The critical uses for 2013 include selected pre-plant uses involving cucurbits, eggplant, nursery stock, orchard replants, ornamentals, peppers, strawberry fruit, strawberry nurseries and tomatoes, as well as selected post-harvest uses in food processing, commodities and dry cured pork products.

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