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    Re: Poisoned by Methyl Bromide

    Posted by Mike B. on 5/17/07


    > U.S. EPA News Brief (May 15, 2007) -- Methyl Bromide
    > Inventory Continues Downward Trend

    Sorry.


    U.S. EPA News Brief
    May 15, 2007

    Contact: John Millett, (202) 564-4355


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    Methyl Bromide Inventory Continues Downward Trend

    The methyl bromide inventory held by U.S. companies at the end
    of 2006 continues to shrink, according to data released by EPA
    today. The data show a steady decline in the inventory since
    2003, when the Agency began collecting such information.

    Methyl bromide is an ozone-depleting chemical that has been
    used as a general pesticide across a wide range of agricultural
    sectors for many years. Under the Montreal Protocol on
    Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Clean Air Act,
    the United States phased out new production and import of
    methyl bromide, except for allowable exemptions for users who
    have no technically and economically feasible alternatives.

    The data that EPA is releasing includes, in aggregate form, the
    inventory held by approximately 35 companies in the United
    States at the end of 2006. The methyl bromide inventory data,
    displayed graphically below, shows a steady decline
    approximately 16,422 metric tons in 2003, 12,994 metric tons in
    2004, 9,974 metric tons in 2005, and 7,671 metric tons in 2006
    and demonstrates that the United States continues to manage
    its domestic inventory appropriately.

    The phaseout of new production and import, and the orderly
    reduction in the existing inventory, are facilitating a
    transition to alternatives in a manner consistent with previous
    successful phaseouts of ozone-depleting substances, such as
    chloroflourocarbons (CFCs) and halons. The United States
    continues to protect the ozone layer and meet its obligations
    under the Montreal Protocol while meeting the needs of American
    farmers.

    For more information on the phaseout of methyl bromide, please
    visit: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/mbr

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