Stricter rules in effect for methyl bromide use
By WECT Staff | November 2, 2020 at 4:37 PM EST – Updated November 3 at 12:04 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – As of Nov. 1, a new state emissions rule and an amendment to the state’s air toxics rule are in effect to regulate the use of methyl bromide in log fumigation.
“The amendment to the state air toxics rule establishes a 0.005mg/m3 annual acceptable ambient level (AAL) and a 1.0 mg/m3 24-hour acceptable ambient level,” the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality stated in a news release. “The new rule 15A NCAC 02D .0546 establishes emission control requirements for log fumigation operations.”
The Division of Air Quality has sent letters to log fumigation facilities to inform them of their requirement to comply with the new rule by Dec. 30.
“This is the first time in over 28 years that we have added a toxic air pollutant to our state air toxics rules,” said Mike Abraczinskas, Director of the Division of Air Quality. “This is a significant and unique event that continues our mission to improve air quality.”
Methyl bromide has been linked to lung damage, brain damage, nasal cavity lesions and damage to the ozone layer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
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