The Ministry for the Environment has today launched public consultation on proposed changes to New Zealand’s hazardous substances management system.
The aim is to improve the process for assessing new and existing hazardous substances, thereby incentivising the introduction of beneficial and ‘greener’ substances.
The Ministry has identified a number of opportunities to improve their assessment. One of the options is to enable better use of overseas information to promptly assess any priority chemicals the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has identified as being in need of review. The EPA is responsible for assessing and setting the controls on the chemicals we use in our homes, workplaces, fields and factories.