Submissions sought on EPA proposals to change new organism status

What do a beetle, a ladybird, a wasp, a bacterium and a virus have in common?

The answer is that their status as a “new” organism under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act could be reclassified to reflect their established presence in New Zealand.

The organisms are a beetle known as Cybocephalus sp, a ladybird (Harmonia axyridis), a wasp (Aridelus rufotestaceus) a bacterium, (Komagataeibacter xylinus) and avirus (Listeria phage P100)

Dr Fiona Thomson-Carter, General Manager of the Environmental Protection Authority’s HSNO team explains:

“Under a process known as ‘denewing’ the EPA is seeking public submissions on a proposal to remove the ‘new organism’ status of these species – a move which would free up existing research impediments for scientists wishing to work with them or further study them.”

Input from the public and interested parties is now being sought on the effects of this proposed change.

To find out more you can view the proposals below:

Submissions close at 5 pm on Friday 27 April 2018.

Readers can go HERE for a submission form.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency.