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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Quantifying Methyl Bromide Losses from Agricultural Fields

item Yates, Scott
item Ernst, F - UC RIVERSIDE
item Spencer, W - 5310 20 20

Submitted to: Clean Water Clean Environment 21st Century Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: June 2, 1993
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: An experiment to investigate the environmental fate and transport of methyl bromide in agricultural systems is described. Methyl bromide (CH3Br) has been used for decades as a soil fumigant for the control of nematodes, weeds, and fungi, and has recently come under scrutiny as a chemical which depletes stratospheric ozone. As a result of the Clean Air Act, methyl bromide is scheduled for phase-out by the year 2001. This will cause severe adverse impacts on the agriculture community and possibly on drinking water supplies as greater quantities of methyl bromide alternatives are used.

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