Yesterday the web site of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice that it had approved, ‘consistent with change’, the final rule for the EPA’s 2012 Critical Use Exemption from the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide. As has been routine for this program at EPA, this rule is way too late to be effective in controlling the amount of methyl bromide produced in or imported into the United States. I would assume that, as was done for the 2011 rule, EPA sent out a letter authorizing producers of methyl bromide to make/import a pre-determined amount of methyl bromide to meet the critical use needs of agricultural producers in the lead up to this year’s planting season.
I think that I’ll skip my normal screed about methyl bromide and the DHS list of chemicals of interest for this blog post. I’ll get a better chance in a week or so when this actual final rule is published in the Federal Register.