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What’s In The Water? Nationwide Interest In EPA Programme

Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 12:58 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Over 200 community groups, hapū and kura around the country have signed up to the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) nationwide environmental DNA (eDNA) programme - Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao - Open Waters Aotearoa. The EPA’s Chief Scientist, ... More >>

Suspected Low And No-use Chemicals Under Scrutiny

Thursday, 25 March 2021, 3:59 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Public feedback is sought as part of a fact-finding exercise on the use of 16 hazardous substances, many of which appear to have fallen into disuse in New Zealand. They are officially known as organophosphate and carbamate substances (OPCs). These are ... More >>

ETS Participants Reminded Of Upcoming Deadlines

Thursday, 25 March 2021, 3:12 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is reminding Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) participants to get their emissions returns in before 31 March and to surrender any units by 31 May. Participants who are unable to complete their returns by 31 ... More >>

What’s Not New? EPA Asks Which New Organisms Should Be Deregulated

Monday, 22 March 2021, 12:37 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking input on which new organisms should no longer hold regulatory status as "new" because they are effectively resident in Aotearoa New Zealand. This deregulation process is conducted under the ... More >>

EPA Halves Emissions In Two Years

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 11:45 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The latest Toitū carbonreduce annual audit of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) shows it has reduced its emissions by 49% on the previous year’s audit. This is also 54% lower than the baseline set in 2017/18, the first year the EPA was certified ... More >>

New Weaponry For The War On Wasps

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 12:09 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Approval has been granted to import and release two new organisms, a hoverfly and beetle, in a bid to reduce plague populations of invasive German and common wasps in New Zealand. The Tasman District Council applied to introduce the wasp-nest beetle, ... More >>

Don’t Skip Your Gas Bottle Check This Summer

Friday, 15 January 2021, 11:04 am | Environmental Protection Authority

As we reach the height of summer, it’s not too late to do a safety check on your gas bottle. The Environmental Protection Authority’s Safer Homes programme has some tips and tricks to keep in mind before you fire up the grill. "If you’ve ... More >>

Consultation Opens On EPA’s Latest Chemical Review

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 3:02 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

We are seeking submissions on a proposed review of the hazard classifications of a range of substances. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regulates pesticides, household chemicals and other dangerous goods and substances under the Hazardous ... More >>

New Restrictions On Toxic Firefighting Foams

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 11:06 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has imposed tighter restrictions on specific types of toxic and environmentally damaging firefighting foam products, and set a deadline for when their use in New Zealand will end. Some types of firefighting ... More >>

EPA Releases Annual Report On Aerial Use Of 1080

Thursday, 10 December 2020, 11:11 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The latest annual report on aerial use of 1080 has been released, showing that while use of the pest control poison increased in 2019, new research into alternatives is continuing. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) report, titled 1080 use ... More >>

Approval For New Potato Herbicide Soleto

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 4:19 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Potato farmers have a new tool to control broadleaf weeds in their crops, now that a new herbicide has been approved with strict conditions. Soleto contains the active ingredient metobromuron, which is new to New Zealand, but approved in Europe. The ... More >>

Testing The Waters With Environmental DNA (eDNA)

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 1:30 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Community groups around the country are being encouraged to get involved in the Environmental Protection Authority’s new environmental DNA (eDNA) science programme. Launched today, the pioneering programme Wai Tūwhera o te Taiao - Open Waters Aotearoa, ... More >>

Six More Chemicals Prioritised For Reassessment

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 2:32 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Insecticides used in ant bait, and chemicals found in timber treatment substances, are among the additions to the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) priority list for reassessment. We regulate hazardous chemicals under the Hazardous Substances ... More >>

Beach Energy Consent Granted With Conditions

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 2:00 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A Beach Energy Resources Holdings (Limited) application for a marine discharge consent in the Canterbury Basin has been granted, subject to conditions. The consent was granted by a three member Decision-making Committee appointed by the Environmental ... More >>

EPA Taking An Active Role In Protecting New Zealand’s Environment

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, 1:01 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) latest Annual Report shows the organisation is looking ahead to have a proactive role, with a focus on compliance and engagement. Chief Executive Allan Freeth says over the past year the EPA has ... More >>

Gardening Safely This Labour Weekend

Thursday, 22 October 2020, 2:30 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

As the weather warms up and more of us venture back into our gardens, it’s an ideal time to take stock of the garden chemicals we’re using and storing around our homes. The Environmental Protection Authority’s Safer Homes programme has got ... More >>

Disposal Deadline Looming For Banned Paraquat Products

Thursday, 15 October 2020, 2:09 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Users of the heavily restricted herbicide paraquat are being reminded that they must dispose of any remaining stocks of four specific products by 12 December 2020. The deadline affects Uniquat 250, Parable 250, Gramoxone Inteon, and Preeglone Inteon, ... More >>

First Step Towards Reassessing Controversial Insecticide

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 12:08 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A decision-making committee appointed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has found that grounds exist to reassess the insecticide, chlorpyrifos, and the related compound chlorpyrifos-methyl. Chlorpyrifos is currently approved in New ... More >>

Approval For New Fungicide

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 12:24 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A new fungicide which protects potatoes and cabbages has been approved for use in New Zealand, subject to conditions. The applicant, Nufarm, sought approval to import or manufacture Amicus for the control of the diseases club root in transplanted brassica ... More >>

Submissions Open On New Potato Herbicide Soleto

Monday, 24 August 2020, 3:11 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

We are seeking views on an application to import or manufacture Soleto, a broad spectrum herbicide for potatoes. Soleto contains the active ingredient metobromuron, which is approved in Europe but not currently in New Zealand. The applicant, Belchim ... More >>