The Continued Destruction of the Ozone Layer and U.S. Abuse of Methyl Bromide “Critical-Use” Exemptions

In a reversal of historic American leadership based on transparency and accountability, the U.S. government has refused to divulge information about methyl bromide stockpiles. Instead, U.S. industry has been allowed to secret massive quantities of methyl bromide in order to enable long-term circumvention of the methyl bromide cessation. Past experience with other ozone depleting substances, such as CFCs and halons, shows that stockpiling can lead to significant illegal trade. Other loopholes for quarantine and pre-shipment (QPS) applications of methyl bromide have also resulted in proliferated use of this chemical.