Methyl Bromide Critical Use Advisory Committee
When: October 18, 2011
Where: via conference call
The Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) has been invited by Environment Canada to select one (1) ENGO delegate to participate on the Methyl Bromide Critical Use Advisory Committee. The Committee will advise and evaluate applications regarding the use of methyl bromide and will forward its recommendations concerning the applications to Environment Canada.
A meeting of the Advisory Committee is scheduled for October 18, 2011 by conference call. Critical use exemption applications for Methyl Bromide will be sent to the selected delegate for review upon confirmation of the selected ENGO delegate.
- Anna Tilman, International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH), ON
The Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer have agreed to phase out the production and consumption of methyl bromide. The Ninth Meeting of the Parties decided to allow for possible exemptions to these production/consumption phase-out dates in order to meet the market-place demand for uses that are considered critical.
The Parties have established criteria and a procedure to assess nominations for critical use exemptions. Canada, as a signatory to the Montreal Protocol, must ensure that the requirements of this international treaty are implemented.
An organization (user(s)) in Canada will make an application for a critical use exemption to Environment Canada. Once Environment Canada ensures that the information requirements have been met, the application will be forwarded to the Methyl Bromide Critical Use Advisory Committee.
A report summarizing the recommendations, including conditions on how the substance should be used, will be submitted to Environment Canada. Environment Canada will subsequently make a final decision in consultation with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as to whether or not the submission should be forwarded to the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Program for further consideration.