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Latest Methyl Bromide Requirements Incoming

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 2:27 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Additional controls around the use of the heavily restricted log fumigant, methyl bromide, take effect on New Year’s Day. Methyl bromide is a toxic and ozone-depleting substance, which India and China require to be used on logs they receive from New ... More >>

Annual Insights Show Fewer Aerial 1080 Operations In 2020

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 12:59 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Fewer aerial 1080 operations took place in 2020 than the previous year, according to the latest annual report on the pest control poison, which also highlights research developments. The report published by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) ... More >>

EPA Congratulates "Change Maker" Champion Sophia Olo-Whaanga

Monday, 29 November 2021, 11:38 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) congratulates Sophia Olo-Whaanga for winning this year’s Change Maker Award category in the Sustainable Business Awards. Sophia is advocating for sustainability and social outcomes in the construction industry, ... More >>

Views Sought On Application To Introduce New Fungicide, Xivana

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 1:29 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Public submissions are now open on an application to import a new fungicide, to control downy mildew in onions and late blight in tomatoes and potatoes. Xivana contains the active ingredient fluoxapiprolin. Alongside the European Union, New Zealand’s ... More >>

Fast-track Panel Approves Central Wellington Development

Friday, 12 November 2021, 2:56 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

An independent panel has granted resource consent for a 13-storey office building, including retail and café space, on Molesworth Street in the Wellington suburb of Thorndon. Primeproperty Group Limited applied under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track ... More >>

‘Residency’ Edges Closer For Shortlist Of New Organisms

Monday, 8 November 2021, 11:50 am | Environmental Protection Authority

A tomato plant virus is among seven organisms in line for deregulation, having recently established themselves in Aotearoa New Zealand. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) sought feedback on which new organisms should no longer ... More >>

Broad Spectrum Response On Broad Spectrum Herbicide

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 2:03 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is beginning to analyse the 465 responses received to its call for information on the herbicide glyphosate, which closed two weeks ago. Dr Chris Hill, General Manager Hazardous Substances and New Organisms, ... More >>

Hazard Classification Update Underway For Two Fungicides

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 12:55 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A proposal to update the hazard classification of two fungicides, in line with changes recently made in the European Union and Australia, is now open for public submissions. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has initiated an application for a modified ... More >>

Grape Fungicide Approved For Use

Thursday, 4 November 2021, 10:59 am | Environmental Protection Authority

A new fungicide which controls bunch rot and powdery mildew in grapes has been approved for use in New Zealand, subject to conditions. Kenja contains the active ingredient isofetamid, which is new to New Zealand but already approved for use in Australia, ... More >>

Individual ETS Participant Data Released

Friday, 29 October 2021, 12:32 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Annual returns data for individual participants in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been made public for the first time. The Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) General Manager for Climate, Land and Oceans, Michelle Ward says: "Changes ... More >>

Deadline Extended For Input On Kiwifruit Spray Ingredient

Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 12:00 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

More time has been added for submissions on the potential phase-out of hydrogen cyanamide, an active ingredient in sprays commonly used by kiwifruit growers. The original deadline of 26 November has been extended to 5.00 pm on Monday 20 December. ... More >>

EPA Achieves Major Milestones In Challenging Year

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 3:07 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

New Zealand’s environmental regulator has forged ahead with progress on all of its major initiatives in the past year, despite the cloud of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A transformation of chemical management, and significant changes ... More >>

Views Sought On Potential Phase Out Of Kiwifruit Spray Ingredient

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 11:17 am | Environmental Protection Authority

Public consultation is now open on an application to reassess the use of hydrogen cyanamide, an active ingredient in sprays commonly used by kiwifruit growers. Hydrogen cyanamide is banned in Europe, and its re-registration is currently under review ... More >>

Extra Month Added To Glyphosate Call For Information

Thursday, 23 September 2021, 2:57 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has further extended its call for information on the herbicide glyphosate. The current closing date of Friday 24 September has now been pushed out to 5.00 pm Friday 22 October. "We are conscious that some ... More >>

Sinking Lid On Hydrofluorocarbons

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 12:54 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

As part of moves to reduce the use of harmful greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its third annual decision on special permits to import hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are commonly used in air conditioning and ... More >>

Mātauranga part of day-to-day mahi at the EPA

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 11:43 am | Environmental Protection Authority

A year after its launch, the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Mātauranga Framework is now being fully implemented into its wider work programme. Mātauranga Māori can be broadly defined as a body of knowledge, experience, values and philosophy. ... More >>

Submissions open on Tui oil field decommissioning consent application

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 11:29 am | Environmental Protection Authority

Public submissions are now open on a marine consent application for activities associated with decommissioning the Tui oil field off the coast of Taranaki. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) decommissioning proposal involves the ... More >>

Have your say on phase-out period for three insecticides

Thursday, 9 September 2021, 3:43 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

We’re calling for submissions on an application to allow three organophosphate chemicals which had time-limited approvals to be used in New Zealand for longer. More >>

Watercare’s Waikato River water take hearing deferred

Friday, 27 August 2021, 3:33 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A Board of Inquiry has deferred its hearing on an application to draw an additional 150 million litres of water a day from the Waikato River for Auckland City’s water supply network. The hearing was due to begin on 31 August. However, in light of the ... More >>

Fast-track panel approves Ohinewai foam factory project

Tuesday, 24 August 2021, 2:09 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

An expert consenting panel has approved a project to construct and operate a Sleepyhead factory producing foam for bed mattresses and similar products, in Ohinewai, Waikato. The Ambury Properties Limited factory development includes a foam manufacturing plant, ... More >>