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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AQ83 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
Title: ●Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: The 2012 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 2012 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 2012. Absent this rulemaking, production and import of methyl bromide for critical uses would be zero for 2012. 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 22nd Meeting of the Parties. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 82   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 7671c(d)(6)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2011    
Final Action  12/00/2011    
Additional Information: EPA Docket information: EPA–HQ–OAR–2009–0277
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.
RIN Information URL: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/mbr  
Sectors Affected: 1112 Vegetable and Melon Farming; 1113 Fruit and Tree Nut Farming; 1114 Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture Production; 115112 Soil Preparation, Planting, and Cultivating; 115114 Postharvest Crop Activities (except Cotton Ginning); 311211 Flour Milling; 311212 Rice Milling; 325320 Pesticide and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing; 493110 General Warehousing and Storage; 493130 Farm Product Warehousing and Storage 
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
Email: arling.jeremy@epa.gov