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Why methyl bromide is used to fumigate export logs and lumber

To ensure our logs and lumber are free of insect pests, some markets require them to be fumigated with methyl bromide gas before export.To protect residents, passers-by, pets and plants from harm, fumigation is strictly regulated. This ensures the gas poses no health risks to local communities.

However, methyl bromide damages the ozone layer which protects us from UV rays. So the government and forest industry are pulling out all stops to find alternative treatments.

 

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