Methyl bromide is a fumigant used to control pests in agriculture and shipping.
Methyl bromide also depletes the ozone layer. Therefore, along with other countries, the United States has phased out production and consumption of methyl bromide with important exceptions for critical uses as well as quarantine and preshipment. Learn more about protecting the ozone layer.
In the atmosphere, methyl bromide depletes the ozone layer and allows increased ultraviolet radiation to reach the earth’s surface. Methyl bromide is a Class I ozone-depleting substance (ODS), as defined by the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.