The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded two “Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards” to Dow AgroSciences LLC at the Earth Technologies Forum in Washington, D.C. The awards recognized efforts at corporate and field levels for the development of alternatives to methyl bromide, a widely used agricultural and structural fumigant.

“We are very pleased that our commitment to developing alternatives has been so favorably recognized,” said Charlie Fischer, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences. “The work of our employees and others in the scientific community has been very important in providing alternatives for the required phase-out of methyl bromide.”

“Methyl bromide is one of the most ozone-destructive chemicals currently manufactured in the world. It has been used widely in protecting our food supply through soil fumigation, quarantine/preshipment treatment, and structural fumigation,” said Drusilla Hufford, director of EPA's Global Programs Division. “The award winners have shown that alternatives to methyl bromide are available and practical, and they are leading the farming and food industries through their environmental stewardship.”