Golf course superintendents got a welcome, albeit temporary, Christmas gift from the EPA last week.
On Dec. 17, the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs agreed to extend the deadline for sale and distribution of existing stocks of methyl bromide for golf course resurfacing projects from April 30, 2014, to Nov. 30, 2014. Applicators of methyl bromide will now be able to purchase and deliver existing stocks of methyl bromide to golf courses for such projects until the new deadline.
Although the cancellation of golf course use from the methyl bromide label will still take effect on Dec. 31, 2013, methyl bromide existing stocks may be purchased and delivered for golf course resurfacing projects until Nov. 30, 2014. If there is strong demand and need for existing stocks of methyl bromide after Nov. 30, 2014, the registrants may revisit the issue with EPA and request another extension. However, all efforts should be made to complete resurfacing projects in 2014. If you need to do a methyl bromide project in 2014, please contact your applicator or contractor as soon as possible to ensure material is set aside for your project.