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.
Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction (STIMBR), an organisation focused on reducing the release of methyl bromide into the atmosphere, has 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 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 - 18 June 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 WorkSafe and our assessments of this application.
Please direct any enquiries to EDN@epa.govt.nz