US EPA invites fumigant exemptions
The US EPA has invited applications for critical use exemptions (CUEs) for the fumigant, methyl bromide, for 2014. Applications must be submitted by August 15th 2011. The US authorities will review them and submit a national nomination package to Montreal Protocol members by January 24th 2012. The parties to the Protocol are expected to authorise CUEs for 2014 in November 2012. Some 2 million tonnes of methyl bromide will be available for critical uses this year ( Agrow No 615, p 22).