EPA may cancel registration of methyl bromide replacement.
The petition says that that EPA can grant conditional registrations under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act only if it determines that use of the pesticide will not cause any unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, and "current evidence demonstrates that the potential harms from the use of this fumigant are serious, immediate, and of unacceptably high probability."
Methyl iodide is a soil fumigant used on strawberry, tomato, and pepper crops as well as fruit and nut trees. It was adopted as a replacement for methyl bromide after all uses of the fumigant were phased out by 2005 with certain critical use exemptions. Methyl iodide is a powerful fumigant that has been proposed for use as a fungicide, herbicide, insecticide, nematicide, and as a soil disinfectant.