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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AP92 Publication ID: Fall 2010 
Title: Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2011 Critical Use Exemption From the Phaseout of Methyl Bromide 
Abstract: Methyl bromide was phased out under the Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 2005, except for limited exemptions. This action would authorize uses that will qualify for the 2011 critical use exemption from the phaseout of methyl bromide, and would also authorize the amount of methyl bromide that may be produced, imported, or supplied from inventory for those uses in 2011. Absent this rulemaking, production and import of methyl bromide for critical uses would be zero for 2011. EPA takes this action under the authority of the Clean Air Act to reflect recent consensus Decisions taken by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol at the 21st Meeting of the Parties. This action also invites comment on a possible end date for the critical use exemption program. Since this rulemaking would confer a benefit by exempting the production and use of a phased-out chemical, there is no significant adverse impact on small entities. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 82   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 7671c(d)(6)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Other  Statutory  without this action, new production/import of methyl bromide would not be allowed in 2011.  12/31/2010 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2010    
Final Action  05/00/2011    
Additional Information: EPA Docket information: EPA-HQ-OAR-2008-0321
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jeremy Arling
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 6205T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 343-9055
Fax:202 343-2338