US adjusts methyl bromide allocation
The US EPA has increased the amount of the fumigant, methyl bromide, to be used for critical uses in 2011. It has raised the allocation from existing stocks to 555,200 kg, bringing the total allocation to just over 2 million tonnes. That represents 8.1% of the 1991 US consumption baseline of 25.5 million tonnes. Most uses of methyl bromide were phased out in developed countries in 2005. Earlier this year, the EPA proposed that the use of pre-phase-out inventory would amount to 482,333 kg in 2011 ( Agrow No 615, p 22). The allocation from new production remains unchanged at 1.5 million tonnes.