Views are sought on a new herbicide

The Environmental Protection Authority is inviting people to share their views on an application to import a new herbicide containing the active ingredient topramezone.

BASF New Zealand Limited has applied to be able to import Arietta, a selective herbicide spray intended to be used to control weeds in maize and sweet corn crops.

The application says Arietta is toxic to humans and aquatic organisms, but poses little risk to birds, bees, and other animals on land.

The applicant considers that if the product is handled according the instructions on the label it will not have any harmful effects on human health or the environment.

People wanting to share their views on this application should make a submission to the EPA by 5pm on Friday 4 October 2013. You can read about the application here.

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