Thursday, June 12, 2014

EPA Sends 2014/2015 Methyl Bromide Final Rule to OMB

Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had received the EPA’s final rule on the 2014/2015 Critical Use Exemptions (CUE) for Methyl Bromide. I discussed the combination of the 2014 and 2015 CUE in an earlier blog post.

One public comment [PDF download link] has been received about this rulemaking. It is a passionate request to stop the continued reauthorization of CUE, but it does exaggerate the length of the phase out program; it started in 1994 so it has ONLY been twenty years not thirty and it has only been 9 years since the CUE program has been in operation.

I expect that it will take a month or so before OMB issues their approval of this final rule.

OOOPS; I almost forgot: INSERT standard methyl bromide – COI list tirade.

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