ALERT: Share Your Voice to Protect NC’s Air from Methyl Bromide Use

Apr 19, 2018

July 27, 2018 Update

Good news! Thanks to all who took action by voicing concern on this important issue,  the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is taking comprehensive action on the use of methyl bromide (MeBr) in log fumigation operations. Read the press release >>

This groundbreaking action will make North Carolina the first state to adopt regulation through a control technology and risk-based approach. DAQ is also asking current permit holders and companies requesting permits (such as Malec Brothers, see below) for information on how they would implement control technology. This means that no log fumigation with MeBr can be conducted in North Carolina until the information is submitted and reviewed. DAQ will also urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address MeBr in this manner since it currently does not.

“We are thrilled that NC DEQ is taking the initiative to be the first state that is working regulations to limit the emission of a chemical that can have dire health effects on the surrounding community, says Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky, Clean Air Carolina’s Manager for its Medical Advocates for Healthy Air program. “We also appreciate NC DEQ’s active engagement and response to community members and groups on this important local issue.”


April 19, 2019 Post

ACTION ALERT: Malec Brothers Transportation, LLC is requesting changes to their air permit for a Methyl Bromide fumigation facility in Delco, Columbus County, NC. Methyl Bromide should not be used for fumigation purposes in North Carolina. The chemical is described by the EPA as causing neurological effects in humans and also depletes the ozone layer. The issuance of this permit would potentially risk the health and well-being of Delco residents and should be denied. Use our Talking Points below and submit your comments to: publiccomments@ncdenr.gov with subject line “Malec Brothers Fumigation”.

Comment Period & Hearing Info: Malec Brothers Transport, LLC Air Permit

Time frame: April 2 – May 6, 2018
Hearing date: May 3, 2018 at 7:00pm
Location: Acme Delco Middle School, 26133 Andrew Jackson Hwy., Delco, NC 28436
Send comments to: publiccomments@ncdenr.gov (subject line must be: Malec Brothers Fumigation)

Supporting Documents:

Public Noitce
Draft Permit
Draft Permit Review


Background

  • While Methyl Bromide is a Hazardous Air Pollutant (Title V), the USDA has exceptions for when this chemical can be used.
  • According to USDA requirements Malec is proposing to use this chemical to fumigate goods being exported overseas. The goods are stored in shipping containers and are treated with methyl bromide.
  • The original comment period was from February 15 – March 17, 2018.


Talking points 

  • The Malec facility will be a major source of Hazardous Air Pollution emissions. This super poisonous gas should not be permitted by the North Carolina Division of Air Quality.
  • This chemical is considered a “super pollutant” because of its combined health and environmental impacts.
  • This chemical should not be used for fumigation purposes in North Carolina. Methyl Bromide is described by the EPA as causing neurological effects in humans and also depletes the ozone layer. The issuance of this permit would potentially risk the health and well-being of Delco residents and should be denied.

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