Reassessment of methyl bromide

Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction Inc (STIMBR) have applied for a reassessment of methyl bromide.

The application, formally received on 9 April 2019, is to amend the controls on the use of methyl bromide, particularly the control that required that operators recapture methyl bromide from October 2020.

A remote hearing for this application was held from 11 to 17 August 2020. It was adjourned so that the Decision-making Committee (DMC) could deliberate their decision, based on the information presented before and during the hearing.

Latest update - 15 January 2021

Following the adjournment of the methyl bromide hearing, the DMC directed that further air dispersion modelling be conducted to assist them with their deliberations. This modelling is now available.

The applicant, in the 24th Memorandum of Counsel, has asked for access to the modelling files to be provided to an additional reviewer to assist in providing comments and for extra time to review those files. In Direction and Minute WGT029, the DMC granted the request to extend the timeframe for providing comments.

Due to the definition of a ‘working day’ in the Hazardous Substances and New Organism (HSNO) Act, the period for feedback from all parties to the hearing has been extended. The new deadline for comments is 29 January 2021.

Direction and Minute WGT029 (PDF, 250KB)

24th Memorandum of Counsel (PDF, 127KB)

Read the further modelling report prepared by Todoroski Air Sciences for the DMC (PDF, 687KB)

Read the expert review by Sullivan Environmental Consultants (PDF, 283KB)

Read the expert review by Atmospheric Science Global (PDF, 2.4MB)

Timeline of methyl bromide reassessment

This timeline details the progress of an application to reassess the fumigant methyl bromide.

The application

Stakeholders in Methyl Bromide Reduction Inc (STIMBR) have applied for a reassessment of methyl bromide.

Submissions

We received 72 submissions during the public consultation period for this application.

Reports and advice

Reports prepared by and on behalf of the EPA and provided as advice to the Decision-making Committee.

Correspondence to and from the DMC

Directions and Minutes issued by the Decision-making Committee (DMC) relating to process and requiring information as part of this reassessment of methyl bromid...

Modelling and expert conferencing

Air dispersion modelling can help the understanding of how far methyl bromide can travel. Three rounds of expert conferencing was undertaken to support this mod...

Hearing

This page has information about the methyl bromide reassessment hearing, including transcripts and presentations.

Contact information

Who to contact for more information.