US EPA invites fumigant exemptions
The US EPA has invited applications for critical use exemptions (CUEs) for the fumigant, methyl bromide, for 2018. Applications must be submitted by September 15th. The US authorities will review them and submit a national nomination package to Montreal Protocol members by January 24th 2016. The parties to the Protocol are expected to authorise CUEs for 2018 by the end of 2016. Most uses of the ozone-depleting fumigant were phased out in developed countries under the Montreal Protocol in 2005.