Reducing VOC Emissions from Field Fumigants

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Regulations to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from fumigant pesticides apply to applications of methyl bromide, 1-3 dichloropropene, chloropicrin, metam sodium, potassium N-methyldithiocarbamate (also called metam-potassium), dazomet, and sodium tetrathiocarbonate.

General information

  • Fact Sheet, PDF (106 kb) (September 2009)
  • Areas affected (“nonattainment areas”)
  • Rulemaking and technical support documents

Fumigation methods – Field fumigant emissions are reduced in the five geographic areas with specific requirements on how fumigations must be done, prohibitions of some high-emission methods, and limits on other methods.

Emission targets and allowances – DPR sets benchmarks for total pounds of pesticide emissions from May 1 to October 31 in five geographic areas. This can require restricting fumigant emissions by individual growers if emission reduction targets cannot be met by other means.

Reporting of fumigation methods used – DPR tracks VOC emissions by requiring reporting of field fumigant application methods in certain areas.

Licensing – Businesses conducting fumigations must have a supervisor who has a field fumigation license. This is a statewide requirement.

  • Licensing

For content questions, contact:
Pam Wofford
Phone: (916) 324-4297