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.

The application

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.

Application timeline

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.

EDN application timeline

Latest application update 

December 2019

The applicant has written to the Decision-making Committee (DMC) to ask if they can provide new information to this process. The DMC considered this request and on 11 December 2019 released Direction and Minute 9 in response.

Direction and Minute Number 9 (pdf 249KB)

Letter from the applicant to the DMC requesting to provide new information (pdf 363KB)

October 2019

We published the Addendum to the Staff report on this application on 9 October 2019: 

Addendum to the Staff Report (pdf 893KB)

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. 

Direction and Minute Number 8 (pdf 411KB)

Application documents

You can read all of the documents relating to this application in our database: 

View all of the documents relating to the EDN application

If you have any questions about this application, please email us at EDN@epa.govt.nz.

Application documents

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