Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Methyl Bromide Monitoring Reports Released


Media release

Methyl Bromide Monitoring Reports Released

20 March 2013

The Environmental Protection Authority has released the first set of monitoring reports under the new controls for methyl bromide, which came into effect in 2011.

The new rules for the fumigant include a requirement for sites that use more than 500 kilograms of methyl bromide in a year to provide an annual report outlining the results of their air quality monitoring.

The first set of reports, covering May to December 2011, have been made public today.

Twenty-six sites have submitted reports – six of these used less than 500 kilograms of methyl bromide, but have voluntarily completed a report and made their report available.

The exposure limit for the annual average concentration of methyl bromide gas around a site is set at 0.0013 parts per million, a level set to protect the health of people who may be nearby.

At twenty-four of the twenty-six sites, the annual exposure limit for methyl bromide was not exceeded.

For the two remaining sites:
• QTC Ltd in Mangere, Auckland, reported an annual average level of methyl bromide at the site’s boundary six times over the limit. The company has now installed recapture equipment to remove methyl bromide from the air after fumigations.
• OI Glass in Penrose, Auckland (fumigator ISS Boracure) reported an average concentration of methyl bromide at the site’s boundary slightly greater than the limit. OI Glass is no longer carrying out methyl bromide fumigations.

In addition, another site has submitted a draft report for the period.

This report is currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and will be posted on the EPA website as soon as it is available.

The EPA’s General Manager for Compliance, Andrea Eng, says the EPA expects all sites to comply fully with the rules for using methyl bromide.

“The new rules for methyl bromide put strict limits on its use, to ensure the health and safety of everyone in New Zealand”.

“All sites are required to have buffer zones to keep the general public away from fumigation areas, and sites have to monitor the air around their buffer zones throughout the year.”

Monitoring reports must be submitted to the EPA by 30 June each year, to cover the previous calendar year.

This first set of reports has required extensive review, which has meant the reports could not have been made available before now.

The reports are now available on the EPA website here.

Methyl bromide is used in fumigations of some imports and exports, as a biosecurity measure.

Some of New Zealand’s trading partners will not accept certain goods unless they have been treated with methyl bromide.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news