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Authority revokes approvals for fungicide quintozene standard

The Environmental Risk Management Authority has revoked the approvals for the fungicide quintozene, due to dioxin impurities. Quintozene is used commercially on seedlings, bulbs and recreational turf in New Zealand. The decision to review the substance came after dioxin impurities were found in quintozene products in Australia at levels that may have presented health risks to workers who frequently applied them. Dioxins are on the list of substances covered by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. As a party to the Convention, New Zealand is committed to reducing releases of dioxin to the environment. Only one quintozene-containing product, Terraclor 75 WP, is registered in New Zealand. Importer Nufarm took steps to ensure no new stock was imported or sold ...

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World renowned golf course focused on environment standard

Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay boasts a world-class golf course that is blessed with a stunningly beautiful natural location. Behind the picture postcard landscape, however, Cape Kidnappers is sending a serious message about the importance of preserving this green space for future generations. Golf course manager Steve Marsden says the 1000-acre course creates a large footprint that he and his team of 15 full-time staff actively seek to manage as sustainably as possible. This commitment to preserving the environment extends to initiatives such as predator-proof fences that surround the 6000 acre area, and provision of safe habitats for native and endangered wildlife. They are also voluntary members of the US-based Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary environmental programme, says Steve. To be certified ...

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