EPA to consider EDN, a methyl bromide alternative
Draslovka, a Czech-based firm, has applied for approval to 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.
EDN has been identified 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 we announced that by 2020 methyl bromide fumigations for logs must use recapture technology to reduce the amount discharged into the atmosphere.
There was a public submission period for this application, which closed on Thursday 19 April 2018.
The timeline for this application process has been extended to enable additional information to be considered. You can see what's happened so far, and related documents for this application, on the timeline.
Latest application update
On 2 April 2020 the Decision-making Committee (DMC) released Direction and Minute 11 in response to the new information received from the applicant.
The DMC now invites all parties to the process to provide any responses to the new information. Any responses to the new information are due to the EPA by 4 May 2020.
New information received
- USA EDN trial assessment (pdf, 14MB)
- USA trial worker movements (pdf, 6.2MB)
- USA worker study area monitoring for timber fumigation (pdf, 12MB)
- Applicant response to WGTO10 (pdf, 2.5MB)
- EDN modeling (pdf, 8.9MB)
- Justification for not using Scrubbing Destruction or Recapture equipment (pdf, 669KB)
On 18 February 2020 the Decision-making Committee (DMC) released Direction and Minute 10. This direction and minute addresses the responses received from the applicant and WorkSafe to Direction and Minute 9.
The applicant has written to the Decision-making Committee (DMC) to ask if they can provide new information to this process. The DMC considered this request and on 11 December 2019 released Direction and Minute 9 in response.
We published the Addendum to the Staff report on this application on 9 October 2019:
On 18 June 2019 the Decision-making Committee (DMC) released Direction and Minute 8 following their review and consideration of information received in response to their previous Direction and Minute Number 7.
You can read all of the documents relating to this application in our database:
If you have any questions about this application, please email us at EDN@epa.govt.nz.