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Antifouling Paint Reassessment Submissions

08 February 2013

NEW ZEALAND - The submission period is now open for the public to have their say in a review of paints used to protect boats from the unwanted build-up of aquatic plants and animals.

Antifouling paints are used to reduce the build-up of microorganisms, plants and algae (known as biofouling) on surfaces submerged in water, such as the hulls of vessels.

Antifouling paints provide a number of benefits to New Zealand’s marine industry and biosecurity. But they can also have negative effects on the health of marine life and of the people that use them.

The review includes a number of recommendations to manage these negative effects, including proposals that will mean some antifouling paints will no longer be available for use.

A final decision on the reassessment will be made by an expert decision-making committee. It will consider the application, public submissions and any other information it receives as part of the reassessment process, including during a public hearing which is likely to be held in mid-April.

The public submission period is open until Thursday 7 March 2013 and a decision is expected by the end of May 2013.

The EPA will also be receiving advice on the suitability of the current hazard classifications of the antifouling paints being reassessed. This advice, which may affect the outcome of the EPA’s reassessment, is due to be completed and made publicly available by the end of February 2013.

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