9 Jul 2018

How will NZ eliminate methyl bromide?

From Nine To Noon, 9:07 am on 9 July 2018

Is the country on track to eliminate the highly toxic fumigant methyl bromide by the deadline of October 2020 imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency? The fumigant is described by the EPA as an extremely toxic and ozone-depleting substance and is banned except for use on logs and timber products for export, as part of quarantine requirements. But use of the fumigant has increased in recent years, and it's possible the deadline will be extended. Kathryn speaks with Aubrey Wilkinson from the Tauranga Moana Fumigant Action Group and the General Manager of the EPA's Hazardous Substances Group, Dr Fiona Thomson-Carter.