Under an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC has filed a request to cease agricultural use of iodomethane, a soil fumigant used on strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, and fruit and nut trees, by the end of 2012 and ultimately to remove all iodomethane products from the U.S. market. 21 Fed. Reg. 69,840 (11/21/12). Comments on the request must be submitted by December 21, 2012.
The fumigant is contained in the company’s Midas® products. According to news sources, all of the company’s existing iodomethane end-use product registrations will be canceled, and use of existing stocks in the United States will be prohibited. The technical product registration will remain active until December 1, 2015, and the company will still be able export the products. The agreement precludes iodomethane from becoming a replacement for methyl bromide, another widely-used fumigant that is also being discontinued. Arysta suspended U.S. sales of its iodomethane Midas® products in March 2012.