All applications for
hazardous substances and new organisms are evaluated by a decision-making committee of the EPA. The committee must take certain matters into account when deciding on these applications, including the health, economic, social and cultural well-being of all people and communities in New Zealand, and the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions..
Public submissions may be invited and a public hearing may be held before a decision-making committee approves or declines the application. This will depend on the type of application.
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