23 May 2019

Toxic debate: Is methyl bromide use back on the table?

From Nine To Noon, 9:24 am on 23 May 2019
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Sixteen months out from a deadline to effectively ban the use of methyl bromide as a fumigant in the export log industry, the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA is to undertake a reassessment of its use. 

It's an ozone depleting gas that's toxic to humans, and by October 2020 is only to be used in conjunction with recapture technology. 

An application for use of an alternative, ethanedinitrile or EDN, is still underway after 2 years - and while it's not as bad for the environment, it still carries risk in the way its used.

Joining Kathryn is Don Hammond, chairman of industry group STIMBR, Soil & Health Association of NZ spokesperson and former Green MP Steffan Browning and Dr David McBride, an associate professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.