Hazardous Substances Update

Read the latest application decisions and news from the hazardous substances team.

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August 2018 

In this issue we have a call for information on neonicotinoid use, show our new animated video explaining the value of working with Māori, talk about our role in regard to glyphosate, and have the latest decisions on applications. 

July 2018 

In this issue we remind consumers about the risk of stockpiling petrol at home, provide updated information on what to consider before you combine chemicals to create a ‘tank mix’, offer more information about the plastic microbeads ban, and announce a public consultation on plans to introduce a new insecticide to protect crops.

June 2018

In this issue we have an update to the guidance relating to antifouling paints, information on the new microbeads ban, a new consultation seeking feedback on new Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention chemicals, a reminder about our consultation on risk assessment methodology, and the latest application decisions. 

May 2018

In this issue we talk about the new microbeads regualtions that are coming into effect, tell you about what we're doing to protect New Zealand's bees and pollinators, ask for you feedback on a new guide that shows how we evaluate hazardous substances, and decisions on hazardous substances applications for April. 

April 2018

In this issue we've issued online application forms for importing or exporting ozone-depleting substances under the Ozone Layer Protection Act (1996), regulations about the need to inform land owners and householders when baits are laid to kill feral cats may be changed if an application is approved, we are seeking feedback on proposals to increase the fees for HSNO applications, and decisions on hazardous substances applications. 

March 2018 

In this issue we've got updates on our recent testing of fire-fighting foams at airports, a call for submissions on an application seeking approval to import or manufacture for release EDN (ethanedinitrile), a reminder about legal requirements for importers and manufacturers, and decisions on hazardous substances applications. 

February 2018

In this issue we've got guidance for managing PFAS fire-fighting foams, and decisions on hazardous substances applications in December 2017 and January 2018.