EPA calls for submissions on new potato herbicide Soleto

The Environmental Protection Authority is seeking views on an application to import or manufacture Soleto, a broad spectrum herbicide for potatoes.

Soleto contains the active ingredient metobromuron, which is approved in Europe but not in New Zealand.

The applicant, Belchim Crop Protection, wants to import Soleto for the control of broadleaf weeds in potatoes, using ground-based application methods.

The application is available to view on the EPA website. Interested parties can also view the EPA’s science memorandum to inform their submission on this application.

The memo outlines the environmental and human health risk assessment of Soleto, carried out by EPA staff. Before now, science memoranda have been made available later in the application process.

This publicly notified application enables the public to provide the EPA with information it should be made aware of, such as beneficial or adverse effects additional to those described by the applicant.

Submissions close at 5pm on 5 October.

Source:  Environmental Protection Authority

Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog

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