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2-(Hydroxymethyl)-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol (Tris Nitro); Order to Amend Registrations to Terminate Certain Uses

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This notice announces EPA's order for the amendment to terminate certain uses, voluntarily requested by the registrant and accepted by the Agency, of the pesticide products listed in Table 1, pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. This order to terminate uses follows a June 23, 2010 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Request from the Registrant listed in Table 2 to voluntarily amend 2-(hydroxymethyl)-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol (tris nitro) product registrations to terminate or delete one or more uses. The request would delete use in or on metalworking fluids; latex paints; resin/latex/polymer emulsions; specialty industrial products; livestock and poultry premises; paints, emulsions and thickener solutions; use as a preservative for packaged emulsions, solutions, or suspensions such as detergents and polishes containing water; and use in pulp and paper-mill process water systems. The request would not terminate the last 2-(hydroxymethyl)-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol (tris nitro) products registered for use in the United States and would result in retention of some registered uses for those products. In the June 23, 2010 Notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the amendments to terminate uses, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrant withdrew the requests within this period. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrant did not withdraw the requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice, an order granting the requested amendment to terminate uses. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

The order is effective September 22, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Rebecca Vondem-Hagen, Antimicrobials Division (7510P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-6785; e-mail address: vondem-hagen.rebecca@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

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?

EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0639. 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.

II. What Action is the Agency Taking? Back to Top

This notice announces the order for the amendment to terminate uses, as requested by the registrant, of certain products registered under section 3 of FIFRA. These registrations are listed in sequence by registration number in Table 1 of this unit.

Table 1.—2-(hydroxymethyl)-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol (tris nitro) Product Registration Amendments to Terminate Uses Back to Top
Registration Number Product Name Company Uses to be Terminated
464-657 Tris NitroTMSolid Industrial Bacteriostat The Dow Chemical Company Use in metalworking fluids; Latex paints, Resin/latex/polymer emulsions; Specialty industrial products; Livestock and Poultry premises.
464-658 Tris NitroTMBrand of 50% (Aqueous) For Formulating Use The Dow Chemical Company Use in metalworking fluids; Latex paints; Resin/latex/polymer emulsions; Specialty industrial products; Livestock and poultry premises.
464-663 Tris NitroTMBrand of 50% Aqueous Tris (hydroxymethyl) nitromethane The Dow Chemical Company Use in paints, emulsions and thickener solutions; use in metalworking fluids; Use as a preservative for packaged emulsions, solutions, or suspensions, such as detergents and polishes containing water.
464-668 Tris NitroTMBrand of 25% Aqueous Tris (hydroxymethyl) nitromethane The Dow Chemical Company Use in metalworking fluids; use as a preservative for packaged emulsions, solutions, or suspensions, such as detergents and polishes containing water.
464-679 Tris NitroTMBrand The Dow Chemical Company Use in paints, emulsions, and thickener solutions; use in metalworking fluids; use as a preservative for packaged emulsions, solutions, or suspensions, such as detergents and polishes containing water; use in pulp and papermill process water systems.

Table 2 of this unit includes the name and address of record for the registrant of the products in Table 1 of this unit.

Table 2.—Registrants of Amended Products Back to Top
EPA Company Number Company Name and Address
464 The Dow Chemical Company 1803 Building Midland, MI 48674

III. Summary of Public Comments Received and Agency Response to Comments Back to Top

During the public comment period provided, EPA received no comments in response to the Federal Register notice of June 23, 2010 (75 FR 35807) announcing the Agency's receipt of the request to voluntarily amend registrations to terminate certain uses of products listed in Table 1.

IV. Cancellation Order Back to Top

Pursuant to FIFRA section 6(f), EPA hereby approves the requested amendment to terminate certain uses of 2-(Hyroxymethyl)-2-nitro-1,3-propanediol (Tris Nitro) registrations identified in Table 1 of Unit II. Accordingly, the Agency orders that the product registrations identified in Table 1 of Unit II. are hereby amended to terminate the affected uses. Any distribution, sale, or use of existing stocks of the products identified in Table 1 of Unit II. in a manner inconsistent with any of the provisions for disposition of existing Stocks set forth in Unit VI., will be considered a violation of FIFRA.

V. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action? Back to Top

Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be canceled or amended to terminate one or more uses. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any such request in the Federal Register. Thereafter, following the public comment period, the Administrator may approve such a request.

VI. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks Back to Top

Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products which are currently in the United States and which were packaged, labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the action. The existing stocks provision for the products subject to this order is as follows.

Once EPA has approved product labels reflecting the requested amendments to delete uses, registrants will be permitted to sell or distribute products under the previously approved labeling for a period of 18 months after the date of Federal Register publication of the order to terminate uses, unless other restrictions have been imposed. Thereafter, registrants will be prohibited from selling or distributing the products whose labels include the deleted uses identified in Table 1 of Unit II., except for export consistent with FIFRA section 17 or for proper disposal.

Persons other than the registrant may sell, distribute, or use existing stocks of the products in Table 1, whose labels include the deleted uses until supplies are exhausted, provided that such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms of the previously approved labeling on, or that accompanied, products bearing the deleted uses.

List of Subjects Back to Top

September 14, 2010.

Joan Harrigan Farrelly,

Director, Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. 2010-23544 Filed 9-21-10; 8:45 a.m.]

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