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Tetramethrin; Reregistration Eligibility Decision

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Summary

This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide tetramethrin. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the Tetramethrin Docket. Tetramethrin is a broad spectrum, synthetic pyrethroid insecticide used to control flying and crawling insects in a number of commercial, horticultural, and residential areas. EPA has reviewed tetramethrin through the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.

 

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Jacqueline Guerry, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (215) 814-2184; fax number: (215) 814-3113; e-mail address: guerry.jacqueline@epa.gov.

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I. General Information Back to Top

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, human 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 be affected by this action. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information?

1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0014. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

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.

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A. What Action is the Agency Taking?

Under section 4 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is reevaluating existing pesticides to ensure that they meet current scientific and regulatory standards. On June 23, 2008, EPA completed a RED for the pesticide, tetramethrin under section 4(g)(2)(A) of FIFRA. Tetramethrin is a broad-spectrum, first-generation pyrethroid insecticide used as a rapid knockdown agent against flying and crawling insects. Tetramethrin is used for both indoor and outdoor residential (including pets and clothes), institutional, industrial, and horticultural sites. There are no registered food sites. Tetramethrin is applied by aerosol can, handheld sprayers, foggers, and mechanical sprayers. EPA has determined that the database to support reregistration is substantially complete and that products containing tetramethrin are eligible for reregistration, provided the labels are amended in the manner described in the RED. Upon submission of any required product specific data under section 4(g)(2)(B) of FIFRA and any necessary changes to the registration and labeling (either to address concerns identified in the RED or as a result of product specific data), EPA will make a final reregistration decision under section 4(g)(2)(C) of FIFRA for products containing tetramethrin.

EPA is applying the principles of public participation to all pesticides undergoing reregistration and tolerance reassessment. The Agency's Pesticide Tolerance Reassessment and Reregistration; Public Participation Process, published in the Federal Register on May 14, 2004, (69 FR 26819) (FRL-7357-9) explains that in conducting these programs, EPA is tailoring its public participation process to be commensurate with the level of risk, extent of use, complexity of issues, and degree of public concern associated with each pesticide. Due to its uses, risks, and other factors, tetramethrin was reviewed through the modified 4-Phase public participation process. Through this process, EPA worked extensively with stakeholders and the public to reach the regulatory decisions for tetramethrin.

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. A public comment period for the Tetramethrin RED is not needed because all comments received during the risk assessment public comment period were addressed in the Agency's response to public comment documents, which are available in the public docket, and because there are no risks of concern for the registered use patterns. The Agency therefore is issuing the Tetramethrin RED without a comment period.

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 active ingredient are eligible for reregistration,” before calling in product specific data on individual end-use products and either reregistering products or taking other “appropriate regulatory action.”

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Dated: July 7, 2008.

Steven Bradbury

Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. E8-16016 Filed 7-15-08; 8:45 am]

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