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New Zealand mulls EDN fumigant

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority has received an application to import the fumigant, ethanedinitrile (EDN). BOC Gases New Zealand (Auckland) wants to import EDN for use as a pre-plant soil fumigant for crops such as strawberries and for pest control on grain and timber. EDN is a toxic and flammable fumigant that would only be used by licensed operators, BOC points out. It is seen as an alternative to methyl bromide and phosphine. EDN is more expensive than those fumigants but it is fast acting and degrades rapidly in soil, BOC notes. EDN was developed by the German company, Linde Gases (Munich), and the Australian government research organisation, the CSIRO ( Agrow No 629, p 25). The application is open to public comment until February 28th.

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