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Green Success - CentrePort To Move To Recapture Tech

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Green Success - CentrePort Declares Its Intention To Move To Recapture Technology

"Recapture of fumigants is just another small step in the right direction for our 100% New Zealand pure brand, " according to Greater Wellington Regional Councillor Paul Bruce.

" I am delighted for all the Port workers and crew on log carrying cargo ships that CentrePort has declared its intention to move to recapture technology. It also means that we will finally be
following the intent of the Montreal Protocol of 1987, which placed an obligation on signaturies to

"minimise emissions and use of methyl bromide through containment and recovery and recycling methodologies to the extent possible""

Cr Bruce said that he also seeks reassurance from CentrePort that they will publish regular updates including fumigation figures and outline progress towards introducing recapture technology and the use of alternative methods so that there is a high level of public transparency with respect to progress being made.

Cr Paul Bruce
Greater Wellington Regional Councillor

Website: www.wellingtongreens.org.nz/councillors/paul-bruce/
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Twitter/Skype: "paulebruce"

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Notice of motion - Cr Paul Bruce
Councillor Bruce has given notice of his intention to move the following motion at Council’s meeting on 20 March 2013:

“That the Council:

1. Notes:

Environmental Risk Management Authority decision November 2010, requires all methyl bromide
fumigations to be recaptured within 10 years, and where recapture technology is not used, annual
monitoring reports to the EPA, local Department of Labour and the relevant Medical Officer of
Health, and that all monitoring reports will be published on the EPA website

That recapture is necessary because of the high level of public concern about the hazardous nature
of methyl bromide and to protect the ozone layer, in accordance with New Zealand's obligations
under the Montreal Protocol

That the annual reports outlining progress towards introducing recapture technology and the use of
alternative methods supplied by CentrePort to EPA have not been made available to the Public or
Greater Wellington Regional Council

That Port Nelson requires that all methyl bromide fumigations within its Port operational area to be
recaptured according to a Port Code of Practice and the Nelson City Council Air Plan

The Port Nelson Code of Practice, which incorporates fumigant recapture, has been accepted by the
fumigation operator, timber industry representatives and Port Nelson Ltd (PNL). Compliance with
this Code is the responsibility of the fumigator and a requirement in order to operate at Port Nelson


2: As majority shareholder:

Congratulates CentrePort on its intention to move to recapture technology for the fumigant methyl bromide in this next financial year

Recommends that CentrePort publishes regular updates including fumigation figures and outlining progress towards introducing recapture technology and the use of alternative methods so that there is a high level of public transparency with respect to progress being made

ENDS

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