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Methyl Bromide - Restriction of Production and Importation 12/93

   December 22, 1993

  SUBJECT:  Reregistration Notification

       TO:  Users of the RNN

     FROM:  Dr. Nancy N. Ragsdale
            Director, NAPIAP

  Enclosed is a latest notice of the Reregistration Notification Network
  (RNN) dated December 22, 1993.  This issue of the RNN deals with several
  residue tolerance and action level revocations, pesticide use
  cancellations, commodity tolerance definitions, and other actions.  Of
  special note is the final decision by the EPA Statospheric Protection
  Division to restrict the production and importation of methyl bromide.

  The USDA has recently published the proceedings from a USDA Workshop on
  alternatives to methyl bromide held from June 29 to July 1, 1993, in
  Arlington, Virginia.  Titled "Alternatives to Methyl Bromide: Assessment
  of Research Needs and Priorities", it contains specific crop and commodity
  recommendations on the alternatives to methyl bromide for postharvest
  commodity treatment, quarantine treatment and soil fumigation.  Suggestions
  are also made concerning research needs and priorities.  If you would like
  a copy of this 85-page, free publication, contact:

                  Dr. Kenneth Vick
                  BARC-West, Bldg. 005, Rm 216
                  10300 Baltimore Blvd.
                  Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
                  Phone (301) 504-5321
                  Fax (301) 504-5467

                         U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE



                              Volume 3, Number 16

The intent of this network is to inform interested parties of recent or
impending pesticide use cancellations, tolerance revocations and other items
of agricultural interest.  To the best of our knowledge, the uses mentioned
here, unless otherwise indicated, will not appear on any label registered by
the USEPA following the uses expected cancellation.  We recommend that you
express any concerns or questions you have to the contact mentioned below or
your NAPIAP State Liaison Representative.  If you wish to contact us at USDA,
our phone number is (301) 504-8846, and our fax number is (301) 504-8063.

  methyl bromide     The USEPA has added methyl bromide to the Clean Air Act
                     of Class I Ozone Depleting Substances as of 12/10/93.
                     Their final rule on methyl bromide will freeze U.S.
                     production and importation from 1994 through 2000 at 1991
                     levels, does not require interim reductions, and provides
                     for a phase out of production and importation by January
                     1,2001.  This rule takes effect on 1/1/94.  Although
                     there is no single alternative treatment to this soil and
                     space fumigant, the USEPA feels alternative chemicals and
                     growing methods can substitute in many situations.

       For additional information contact:
                Stratospheric Ozone Hotline
                EPA, Stratospheric Protection Division
                Phone (800) 296-1996
                Fax (202) 775-6681

       Initial source:  Federal Register 58(236):65018