EPA Seeks Applications for Critical Use Exemptions for Methyl Bromide Uses for 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting through Aug. 29 applications for the critical use exemption for methyl bromide for 2016. This exemption permits the production and import of methyl bromide for uses that do not have technically and economically feasible alternatives. The EPA notes that the U.S. government has proposed only three critical uses during 2015: strawberries, fresh dates and dry cured ham.
All entities interested in obtaining a critical use exemption must provide EPA with technical and economic information to support their claim and must do so by the deadline even if they have applied for an exemption in previous years. Applications may be submitted by a consortium representing multiple users who have similar circumstances or by individual users, and the EPA encourages groups of users with similar circumstances to submit a single application.
The EPA is also inviting interested parties to provide new data on the technical and economic feasibility of methyl bromide alternatives.