WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials contacted the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) office on Jan. 25 with the notification that NAMA’s 2014 methyl bromide Critical Use Exemption will be the last one granted. 
The EPA officials stated that this decision was made at the highest levels within the Obama Administration, NAMA said.
Methyl bromide was to be banned with no exceptions on Jan. 1, 2001. However, in 1998 NAMA successfully lobbied U.S. Congress to amend the law and set a new phase-out date of Jan. 1, 2005, and with opportunities to apply for exemptions. 
NAMA is now in the ninth year of receiving such exemptions.