Diazinon, fenamiphos, and methamidophos are insecticides used for plant protection and biosecurity purposes. The current expiry date for the time-limited approvals for substances containing these active ingredients is 1 July 2028 for diazinon, and 1 July 2023 for fenamiphos and methamidophos. After these dates all substances that contain these active ingredients will no longer be approved. The applicant, the Vegetable Research and Innovation Board, has proposed extending these dates by 10 years, to 2038 for diazinon and 2033 for fenamiphos, and methamidophos. It states that the expectations from the 2013 reassessment that new alternative substances would be found to replace diazinon, fenamiphos, and methamidophos have not been realised. Therefore, the applicant considers it critical that these substances remain available for certain uses. The EPA has used its discretionary powers to set the scope of the reassessment. This reassessment is a “modified reassessment” under section 63A of the Act, and the scope of this reassessment is limited to the following: • hazard classifications • benefits, in particular in relation to the availability of alternatives • time limitations on the approvals • the risks associated with the use of the substances • any interim controls required to manage the substances until the expiry date of the time limited approval. We are interested in receiving information that relates to either the positive or negative effects of the proposed changes to the controls for diazinon, fenamiphos, and methamidophos. In a submission you can provide information, make comments, raise issues or indicate support. Your submission contributes to the EPA decision-making process. More information can be found in the [url=https://www.epa.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Documents/Hazardous-Substances/Reassessments-programme/APP201499-details-and-guidance.pdf]submission guidance[/url] and the [url=https://www.epa.govt.nz/database-search/hsno-application-register/view/APP204199]application documents[/url] [b]Reponses must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 8 November 2021. [/b]Please note- the submission closing date includes an extension of an additional 12 working days to the standard timeframe for notification of a reassessment (30 working days). The EPA has provided this extension to account for any impacts of elevated Covid alert levels in New Zealand on the ability of submitters to engage in the consultation process. Please fill in the form below, then click Continue to review your submission. At any time you may click Save and Exit so that you can return later.

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