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New Rules Issued on Methyl Bromide Use

posted on December 17, 2004

The Bush administration announced new rules this week to allow U.S. farmers who grow tomatoes, strawberries, and other crops to continue using methyl bromide, an ozone-depleting pesticide that had been scheduled to be phased out worldwide next year.

The United States was among a dozen nations that won continued "critical use" exemptions from the phase-out at negotiations last month. International negotiators granted a request by the U.S. to continue using the popular killer of insects and weeds at a rate of 37 percent of the 15,000 tons used in a 1991 baseline.

The new rule takes effect on Jan. 1 and allows most of the methyl bromide to be used by producers and importers of crops, with the rest allotted to distributors and other users.

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