Potential methyl bromide alternative to be considered
The EPA is seeking submissions on a possible new fumigant for logs and timber as an alternative to methyl bromide.
Czech-based firm Draslovka, has applied to the Environmental Protection Authority seeking an approval to import ethanedinitrile for release in New Zealand.
According to 2015 data, New Zealand is the world’s fifth-highest user of methyl bromide. The Ministry for Primary Industries estimates 90 per cent of this use relates to disinfesting export logs and timber.
Following a reassessment in 2010 the Environmental Protection Authority announced that by 2020 methyl bromide fumigations for logs must use recapture technology to reduce the amount discharged into the atmosphere.
Public submissions on this application close at 5pm, Thursday 12 April 2018.
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