EPA to consider methyl bromide alternative
Draslovka, a Czech-based firm, has applied 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.
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 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.
Submissions on the application are open until 5pm, Thursday 12 April 2018.
(WorkSafe New Zealand is also consulting on proposed changes to the Workplace Exposure Standard (WES) for EDN. If you would like more information or to make a submission on their proposed changes to that standard, you can go directly to their consultation page by clicking here.)