Proposed EPA notice: persistent organic pollutants

2023-03-06

We’re seeking feedback by 5 April on a new EPA notice to control how persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are managed and disposed of in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We’re consulting on a proposed new EPA notice on POPs: the Hazardous Substances (Storage and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants) Notice 2023.

POPs are highly toxic chemicals that remain in the environment and build up in humans and animals. The new notice will control how POPs are managed and disposed of in Aotearoa New Zealand. It will replace the existing Hazardous Substances (Storage and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants) Notice 2004.

The new notice will affect people who possess POPs (including items containing POPs), people handling and managing waste, and people involved in the disposal of POPs. We’re publicly notifying this proposal so that the public can comment and we can take this information into account when finalising the notice.

The proposed changes include:

  • making provision for storing, handling, and disposing of manufactured articles containing POPs
  • incorporating the international guidelines
  • updating references to take account of changes to legislation.
  • Read the full proposal in our discussion document

The discussion document sets out:

  • the matters we considered when developing the proposal
  • the changes proposed for the new notice
  • a draft of the new notice.

Read the discussion document: Proposal to introduce the Hazardous Substances (Storage and Disposal of Persistent Organic Pollutants) Notice 2023 (PDF, 489KB)

Submit a response by 5 April 2023

We invite your comments on these proposals. To help you, we have provided questions about each of the proposed changes in the discussion document and in our submission form.

You can submit a response online, or by downloading the submission form and emailing or posting it to us. Submit your response by 5.00 pm, 5 April 2023.

Read More

EPA New Zealand, 06-03-23
; https://www.epa.govt.nz/public-consultations/open-consultations/proposed-epa-notice-pops/