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Submissions sought on mosquito repellent

Media advisory

29 August 2014

Submissions sought on mosquito repellent

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a portable mosquito repellent for use outdoors. The repellent consists of a strip impregnated with metofluthrin, a substance from the pyrethroid family.

Each strip is part of a refill cartridge intended to be inserted into a battery operated portable vaporizer for use by the general public outdoors. Each cartridge would provide up to 12 hours of head-to-toe protection.

View application details and information on the EPA website

The public are invited to make submissions on the application to the EPA. These submissions will be used to inform an independent decision-making committee that will decide whether to approve the application.

The submission period opens today and will close at 5pm on 9 October 2014.

A public hearing may be held before a decision is made. The EPA will provide at least 10 working days’ notice of the hearing date, time and place. We'll provide this information to all submitters and the applicant.

The EPA’s role is to oversee applications under the HSNO Act to import and manufacture hazardous substances. We put controls in place to manage the risks of hazardous substances to safeguard people and the environment.

Further information on submissions and the hearing process can be found at http://www.epa.govt.nz/about-us/have-your-say.

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As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.

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