Submissions sought on fungicide Esteem

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on an application from Kaken Pharmaceutical Co for release of the fungicide Esteem, which contains the new active ingredient Polyoxin D zinc salt.

Esteem is a horticultural fungicide formulation intended to be used to control fungal disease in apples and grapes and be applied by ground-based, low-volume spray or high-volume broadcast spray.

The public are invited to make submissions on the application to the EPA. The submission period for this application opened on 5 June and will close at 5pm on 17 July.

Submissions are an opportunity to provide further information and raise issues about an application. They will inform a decision-making committee that will decide whether to approve the application.

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.

The EPA’s role is to decide on applications under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act to import and manufacture hazardous substances. It puts controls in place to manage the risks of hazardous substances to safeguard people and the environment.

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