Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Forest Industry Responds To Concerns


Forest Industry Responds To Concerns About Cca Treated Timber

The NZ Forest Industries Council (NZFIC) supports government moves to seek an independent review of copper chrome arsenic (CCA) and other chemicals commonly used to protect timber against decay.

NZFIC chairman, Devon McLean and other industry leaders met with the Minister of Forestry, Hon Jim Sutton today to discuss the matter.

"The forestry industry understands the public's concern around the use of CCA treated timber, particularly in areas such as decks and playgrounds," says Mr McLean.

"CCA has been used in New Zealand for more than 50 years. The industry's view is that there are no significant human health or environmental risks arising from the use of CCA treated timber, provided it is treated and used properly. But it does need to be kept under review, particularly as alternatives to CCA come onto the market," he says.

"It is important also that we can give the public confidence that the continuing use of CCA treated timber poses no unreasonable risks. That's why we believe ERMA is the appropriate independent authority to undertake this review."

He says the industry will co-operate fully with ERMA to ensure a comprehensive review of all available information.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

NZTA Finds Failures: Urgent Review Of Compliance Files

Phil Twyford said NZTA was failing in its duty to properly check the companies that certify vehicles as safe for the road, and other services. “When problems with these companies were identified, there was often no follow up. More>>

ALSO:

Outages: Vector Settles With ComCom On Reliability Breaches

Vector has agreed a settlement with the Commerce Commission for breaches of its network quality standards in 2015 and 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Hop For A Better Tomorrow: Programme For Unique NZ Hops And Craft Beer

A new joint craft beer and hop breeding programme launched today aims to develop unique super-premium hops for exceptional craft brewers and uniquely New Zealand craft beer for top tier markets. More>>

ALSO:

Stats: Big Quarterly Lift In Retail Card Spending

Quarterly retail card spending in the September 2018 quarter rose at its fastest pace in seven and a half years, Stats NZ said today. The lift was widespread, led by increased grocery and liquor spending, as well as fuel. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Government Books Show Surplus, Falling Net Debt

A strong surplus and falling net debt reflect a growing economy and show the Coalition Government is managing the books responsibly, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO: