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[Federal Register: November 16, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 220)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Tau-fluvalinate; Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Low Risk
Pesticide; Notice of Availability
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration
Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide tau-fluvalinate, and
a public comment period on this document, related risk assessments,
other support documents. EPA has reviewed the low risk pesticide
fluvalinate through a modified, streamlined version of the public
participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public
developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment
decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides
meet current health and safety standards.
DATES: Comments, identified by docket identification
(ID) number OPP-
2005-0230, must be received on or before December 16, 2005.
ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted electronically, by mail, or
through hand delivery/courier. Follow the detailed instructions
provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Molly Clayton, Special Review and
Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460--0001; telephone number: (703) 603-0522; fax
number: (703) 308-8041; e-mail
I. General Information
A. Does this Action Apply to Me?
This action is directed to the public in general, and may be of
interest to a wide range of stakeholders including environmental,
health, and agricultural advocates; the chemical industry; pesticide
users; and members of the public interested in the sale, distribution,
or use of pesticides. Since others also may be interested, the Agency
has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may
affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the
applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information?
1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this
action under docket ID number OPP-2005-0230. The official public
consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action,
public comments received, and other information related to this
Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not
include Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information
whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The official public docket
is the collecion of materials that is available for public viewing
the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Rm.
Crystal Mall #2, 1801 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA. This docket
facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,
excluding legal holidays. The docket telephone number is (703) 305-
2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document
electronically through the EPA Internet under the ``Federal Register''
listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/ .
An electronic version of the public docket is available through
EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets.
use EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/
to submit or view public comments, access the index listing
of the contents of the official public docket, and to
access those documents in the public docket that are available
electronically. Once in the system, select ``search,'' then key
appropriate docket ID number.
Certain types of information will not be placed in the EPA Dockets.
Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure
restricted by statute, which is not included in the official public
docket, will not be available for public viewing in EPA's electronic
public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material will not
placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only
printed, paper form in the official public docket. To the extent
feasible, publicly available docket materials will be made available
EPA's electronic public docket. When a document is selected from
index list in EPA Dockets, the system will identify whether the
document is available for viewing in EPA's electronic public docket.
Although not all docket materials may be available electronically,
may still access any of the publicly available docket materials
the docket facility identified in Unit I.B.1. EPA intends to work
towards providing electronic access to all of the publicly available
docket materials through EPA's electronic public docket.
For public commenters, it is important to note that EPA's policy
that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper,
will be made available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public
docket as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment
contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose
disclosure is restricted by statute. When EPA identifies a comment
containing copyrighted material, EPA will provide a reference to
material in the version of the comment that is placed in EPA's
electronic public docket. The entire printed comment, including
copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket.
Public comments submitted on computer disks that are mailed or
delivered to the docket will be transferred to EPA's electronic
docket. Public comments that are mailed or delivered to the docket
be scanned and placed in EPA's electronic public docket. Where
practical, physical objects will be photographed, and the photograph
will be placed in EPA's electronic public docket along with a brief
description written by the docket staff.
C. How and to Whom Do I Submit Comments?
You may submit comments electronically, by mail, or through hand
delivery/courier. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, identify the
appropriate docket ID number in the subject line on the first page
your comment. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within
specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the
comment period will be marked ``late.'' EPA is not required to consider
these late comments. If you wish to submit CBI or information that
otherwise protected by statute, please follow the instructions in
I.D. Do not use EPA Dockets or e-mail to submit CBI or information
protected by statute.
1. Electronically. If you submit an electronic comment as
prescribed in this unit, EPA recommends that you include your name,
mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information
the body of your comment. Also include this contact information
outside of any disk or CD ROM you submit, and in any cover letter
accompanying the disk or CD ROM. This ensures that you can be
identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact
you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties
or needs further information on the substance of your comment. EPA's
policy is that EPA will not edit your comment, and any identifying
contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included
as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket,
and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. If EPA cannot
read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact
for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment.
i. EPA Dockets. Your use of EPA's electronic public docket to
submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method
receiving comments. Go directly to EPA Dockets at
and follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
Once in the system, select ``search,'' and then key in docket ID
OPP-2005-0230. The system is an ``anonymous access'' system, which
means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other
information unless you provide it in the body of your comment.
ii. E-mail. Comments may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention: Docket ID Number OPP-2005-0230. In contrast to EPA's
electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail system is not an ``anonymous
access'' system. If you send an e-mail comment directly to the docket
without going through EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's e-mail
system automatically captures your e-mail address. E-mail addresses
that are automatically captured by EPA's e-mail system are included
part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket,
made available in EPA's electronic public docket.
iii. Disk or CD ROM. You may submit comments on a disk or CD ROM
that you mail to the mailing address identified in Unit I.C.2. These
electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect or ASCII
format. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption.
2. By mail. Send your comments to: Public Information and Records
Integrity Branch (PIRIB) (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP),
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460-0001, Attention: Docket ID Number OPP-2005-0230.
3. By hand delivery or courier. Deliver your comments to: Public
Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Office of Pesticide
Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal
#2, 1801 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA, Attention: Docket ID
Number OPP-2005-0230. Such deliveries are only accepted during the
docket's normal hours of operation as identified in Unit I.B.1.
D. How Should I Submit CBI to the Agency?
Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI
electronically through EPA's electronic public docket or by e-mail.
may claim information that you submit to EPA as CBI by marking any
or all of that information as CBI (if you submit CBI on disk or
mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM as CBI and then identify
electronically within the disk or CD ROM the specific information
is CBI). Information so marked will not be disclosed except in
accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.
In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes
any information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does
contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion
in the public docket and EPA's electronic public docket. If you
the copy that does not contain CBI on disk or CD ROM, mark the outside
of the disk or CD ROM clearly that it does not contain CBI. Information
not marked as CBI will be included in the public docket and EPA's
electronic public docket without prior notice. If you have any
questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming CBI, please consult
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
E. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?
You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your
1. Explain your views as clearly as possible.
2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
3. Provide any technical information and/or data you used that
support your views.
4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you
arrived at your estimate.
5. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns.
6. Offer alternatives.
7. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline
8. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, identify the appropriate docket
ID number in the subject line on the first page of your response.
would also be helpful if you provided the name, date, and Federal
Register citation related to your comments.
A. What Action is the Agency Taking?
Under section 4 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is reevaluating existing pesticides
ensure that they meet current scientific and regulatory standards.
Using a modified, streamlined version of its public participation
process, EPA has completed a RED for the low risk pesticide, tau-
fluvalinate under section 4(g)(2)(A) of FIFRA. Tau-fluvalinate is
broad-spectrum insecticide/miticide in the pyrethroid class of
pesticides. It is registered for a single
food use (beehives/honey) and
several non-food uses, including ornamentals (outdoor and container-
grown, greenhouse, interior plantscapes, dip for cuttings), building
surfaces/perimeters, and ant mounds. There are also Special Local
registrations in California for certain crops (carrots and brassica/
cole crops) grown for seed. EPA has determined that the data
support reregistration is substantially complete and that products
containing tau-fluvalinate will be eligible for reregistration.
submission of any required product specific data under section
4(g)(2)(B) and any necessary changes to the registration and labeling
(either to address any concerns identified in the RED or as a result
product specific data), EPA will make a final reregistration decision
under section 4(g)(2)(C) for products containing tau-fluvalinate.
EPA must review tolerances and tolerance exemptions that were in
effect when the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) was enacted in
August 1996, to ensure that these existing pesticide residue limits
food and feed commodities meet the safety standard established by
new law. Tolerances are considered reassessed once the safety finding
has been made or a revocation occurs. EPA has reviewed and made
requisite safety finding for the tau-fluvalinate tolerances included
EPA is applying the principles of public participation to all
pesticides undergoing reregistration and tolerance reassessment.
Agency's Pesticide Tolerance Reassessment and Reregistration; Public
Participation Process, published in the Federal Register on May
2004, (69 FR 26819)(FRL-7357-9) explains that in conducting these
programs, the Agency is tailoring its public participation process
be commensurate with the level of risk, extent of use, complexity
issues, and degree of public concern associated with each pesticide.
EPA can expeditiously reach decisions for pesticides like tau-
fluvalinate, which pose few risk concerns, have low use, and require
little or no risk mitigation. Once EPA assesses uses and risks for
low risk pesticides, the Agency may go directly to a decision and
prepare a document summarizing its findings, such as the tau-
The reregistration program is being conducted under Congressionally
mandated time frames, and EPA recognizes the need both to make timely
decisions and to involve the public in finding ways to effectively
mitigate pesticide risks. Tau-fluvalinate,
however, poses few risks
that require mitigation. The Agency therefore is issuing the tau-
fluvalinate RED, its risk assessments, and related support materials
simultaneously for public comment. The comment period is
provide an opportunity for public input and a mechanism for initiating
any necessary amendments to the RED. All comments should be submitted
using the methods in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, and
be received by EPA on or before the closing date. These comments
become part of the Agency Docket for tau-fluvalinate. Comments received
after the close of the comment period will be marked ``late.'' EPA
not required to consider these late comments.
EPA will carefully consider all comments received by the closing
date and will provide a Response to Comments Memorandum in the Docket
and electronic EDOCKET. If any comment significantly affects the
document, EPA also will publish an amendment to the RED in the Federal
Register. In the absence of substantive comments requiring changes,
tau-fluvalinate RED will be implemented as it is now presented.
B. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?
Section 4(g)(2) of FIFRA as amended directs that, after submission
of all data concerning a pesticide active ingredient, ``the
Administrator shall determine whether pesticides containing such
ingredient are eligible for reregistration,'' before calling in
specific data on individual end-use products and either reregistering
products or taking other ``appropriate regulatory action.''
Section 408(q) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA),
21 U.S.C. 346a(q), requires EPA to review tolerances and exemptions
pesticide residues in effect as of August 2, 1996, to determine
the tolerance or exemption meets the requirements of section 408(b)(2)
or (c)(2) of FFDCA. This review is to be completed by August 3,
List of Subjects
Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.
Dated: November 7, 2005.
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office
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