US sets methyl bromide allocation
The US EPA has allocated nearly 3 million tonnes of the fumigant, methyl bromide, for critical uses in 2010. Parties to the Montreal Protocol had approved the use of 3.2 million tonnes, or 12.7% of the 1991 US consumption baseline of 25.5 million tonnes. Most uses of methyl bromide were phased out in developed countries in 2005. The EPA will allow some 1 million tonnes of pre-phase-out inventory to be used for critical uses this year, with nearly 2 million tonnes from new production or imports.