Application to change how an insecticide is used
A hearing date has been set on an application to change the regulations relating to the use of Exirel insecticide.
FMC New Zealand Ltd, manufacturer and importer of Exirel insecticide, is proposing that the current restrictions for ground-based use are eased to also allow the spraying of brassicas from helicopters, which is currently not allowed.
The hearing will take place at Area Events, 1 O'Reily Avenue, Te Aro, Wellington. It will start at 9.00 am on Wednesday 12 December 2018.
Exirel is currently used to treat cabbage white moth, diamondback moth, soybean looper, European leaf miner, and to suppress grey cabbage aphid.
The applicant also wants us to consider aerial buffer zones and new benefits for Exirel as part of our reassessment.
Grounds to reassess Exirel were granted in August 2018 because of significant new information related to the effects of this hazardous substance.