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.

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.

The submission period for this application closed on Thursday 19 April 2018.

Public hearings

There are two public hearings being held for this application:

Wellington Hearing

Tuesday 21 August 2018 - 9.00 am – 4.35 pm approx.

Clifton’s Conference Centre, Level 28, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington.

Rotorua Hearing

Tuesday 28 August 2018 - 10.30 am – 4.25 pm approx.

Wednesday 29 August 2018 - 9.30 am – 11.45 am approx.

Rydges Rotorua, 272 Fenton Street, Rotorua.

Application documents

You can read WorkSafe and our assessments of this application. 

EDN application documents

Please direct any enquiries to EDN@epa.govt.nz

Application documents

Read all the documents relating to the application.