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Mefluidide and Salts. May 15, 1996. EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) Development Schedule. Federal Register.
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[Federal Register: May 15, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 95)] [Notices]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) Development Schedule
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA's schedule for Reregistration Eligibility Decisions (REDs) during fiscal year 1996, and invites public comment to assist the Agency in prioritizing a list of candidate pesticides for completion of REDs in fiscal year 1997. A list of the 40 REDs completed by the Agency during fiscal year 1995 also is provided.
DATES: Written comments must be submitted by July 15, 1996.
ADDRESSES: Three copies of comments identified with the docket number ``OPP-34093'' and the case should be submitted to: By mail: OPP Pesticide Docket, Public Response and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division (7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. In person deliver comments to : OPP Pesticide Docket, Rm. 1132, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. Comments and data may also be submitted electronically by sending electronic mail (e-mail) to: email@example.com. Electronic comments must be submitted as an ASCII file avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Comments and data will also be accepted on disks in WordPerfect in 5.1 file format or ASCII file format. All comments and data in electronic form must be identified by the docket number (OPP-34093). No Confidential Business Information (CBI) should be submitted through e-mail. Electronic comments on this notice may be filed online at many Federal Depository Libraries. Additional information on electronic submissions can be found in ``SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION'' at the end of this document. Information submitted as a comment in response to this notice may be claimed confidential by marking any part or all of that information as CBI. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. A copy of the comment that does not contain CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information not marked confidential will be included in the public docket without prior notice. The public docket and docket index will be available for public inspection in Rm. 1132 at the address given above, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Walter I. Waldrop, Reregistration Branch,
Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508W), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. Office
location: Crystal Station 1, WF33G5, 2800 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA. By telephone,
call, (703) 308-8062. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request a copy of a completed RED document listed below or of a RED Fact Sheet, contact the OPP Pesticide Docket, Public Response and Program Resources Branch, in Rm. 1132 at the address given above or call (703) 305-5805. RED documents and RED Fact Sheets can also be obtained from the National Center for Environmental Publications and Information (NCEPI), P. O. Box 42419, Cincinnati, OH 45242 - 0419. Tel: (513) 489-8190. Fax:(513) 489-8695.
Electronic copies of many completed REDs and RED fact sheets can be downloaded from the Pesticide Special Review and Reregistration Information System at 703-308-7224, and also can be reached on the Internet via fedworld.gov and EPA's public access gopher server (gopher.epa.gov).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA is required by law to reregister existing
pesticides that originally were registered years ago when the standards for
government approval were less stringent than they are today. This comprehensive
reevaluation of pesticide safety is critical to protecting human health and
the environment. In 1988, Congress amended the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide,
and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to strengthen and accelerate EPA's reregistration
program. The reregistration scheme mandated by ``FIFRA '88'' applies to each
registered pesticide product containing an active ingredient initially registered
before November 1, 1984.
In 1988 approximately 600 groups of related pesticide active ingredients, or ``cases,'' representing 1,150 active ingredients in 45,000 formulated products, required reevaluation. Of those, over 200 cases and 20,000 products have been cancelled because the producers failed to support them or EPA has taken regulatory action to cancel them. Of the remaining 382 cases being supported, EPA has made reregistration eligibility decisions on 129 cases, to date. In reviewing pesticides for reregistration, EPA gathers a substantially complete set of data on each chemical case, examines related health and environmental effects, and employs measures to most effectively mitigate risks. This evaluation and risk mitigation process is complete when EPA is satisfied that the pesticide(s), used in accordance with approved labeling, will not pose unreasonable risks to human health or the environment.
EPA's regulatory conclusion about each case is presented in a RED document. Later, once product-specific data and revised labeling are submitted to EPA and approved, the Agency reregisters products containing the eligible pesticide(s). A pesticide product is not reregistered, however, until all of its active ingredients are eligible for reregistration.
EPA completed 40 REDs in fiscal year 1995 (FY '95). (The federal government's fiscal year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30 of the named year.) Several of the FY '95 RED documents, while signed, still are undergoing in house processing including printing. Copies of most, but not all, of these REDs are available. The FY '95 REDs follow:
4-Chlorophenoxyacetic Acid (4-CPA)
Methyl Nonyl Ketone
During FY '96, EPA's goal is to complete 40 REDs from the following list of 50 candidate pesticide reregistration cases. The Agency believes it has a substantially complete data base regarding the human health and environmental effects of each of these pesticides. However, due to the complexities involved in refining risk mitigation measures, and available Agency resources, EPA's goal is to complete REDs for only 40 of these 50 candidates, this year.
B. popilliae & B. lentimorb
Colletotrichum Gloesporioides Spores Coumaphos
Hydroxyethyl Octyl Sulfide
NPV (Nuclear Polyhedral Viruses) Inclusion Bodies Paraquat Dichloride
EPA's goal is to complete an additional 40 REDs during FY '97. These most likely will consist of some FY '96 RED candidates from the list above, plus other RED candidates from the two lists below. The first list below contains 17 pesticide reregistration cases for which the Agency already has begun to develop scientific assessments.
EPA expects to have complete data sets in FY '97 for the following pesticide
reregistration cases, but has not yet scheduled scientific assessments or REDs
for these cases. Due to the limited Agency resources available to make reregistration
eligibility decisions, EPA's goal is to complete a total of about 40 REDs during
the next fiscal year. In addition to the cases listed above, science reviews
will be completed for some of the cases listed below, in preparation for REDs
in future years.
The public is invited to submit information to assist the Agency in prioritizing the following pesticides for reregistration eligibility decisions in FY '97. EPA is interested in knowing which of these pesticides are of the greatest interest or concern to the public from a human health or environmental perspective, and why, so that our
limited resources may be focused most effectively. Of these pesticides, those that the Agency believes may pose high dietary, occupational, or residential exposure or risk are ones that the Agency would give priority to in its reregistration evaluation. Therefore, information of particular value to the Agency in prioritizing these FY '97 candidates should relate to exposure and risks from use of the chemicals.
Diiodomethyl p-Tolyl Sulfone
Mefluidide and Salts
Methyl Esters of Fatty Acids
Oil of Pennyroyal
Oxydemeton Methyl (ODM)
Sodium Bisulfite and Sulfur Dioxide Sodium Chlorate
Sulfonated Oleic Acid
The official record for this notice, as well as the public version, as described above will be kept in paper form. Accordingly, EPA will transfer all comments received electronically into printed, paper form as they are received and will place the paper copies in the official record which will also include all comments submitted directly in writing. The official record is the paper record maintained at the address in ``ADDRESSES'' at the beginning of this document.
List of Subjects
Dated: May 6, 1996.
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 96-12080 Filed 5-14-96; 8:45am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-F