April 19 deadline for submissions to EPA on methyl bromide alternative

Draslovka, a Czech-based firm, has applied to the Environmental Protection Authority for approval to register and import ethanedinitrile (EDN) into New Zealand as an alternative to the fumigant methyl bromide which is used for export logs and timber at New Zealand ports.

The submission period for this application has been extended one week to 5pm, Thursday 19 April 2018.

Application documents can be found HERE.

More information about how to make a submission on this application can be found HERE.

Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction (STIMBR), an organisation focused on reducing the release of methyl bromide into the atmosphere, have identified EDN as a possible substitute following an international review of alternative treatments.

According to 2015 data, New Zealand is the world’s fifth-highest user of methyl bromide.

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.

WorkSafe New Zealand is also consulting on proposed changes to the Workplace Exposure Standard for EDN.

More information on Worksafe’s proposed changes can be found HERE.