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Burkholderia cepacia Strain Ral-3; Withdrawal of an Application to Register a Pesticide Product Containing a New Active Ingredient

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




Agrium U.S., Inc., has withdrawn its application to register a pesticide product containing the active ingredient Burkholderia cepacia strain Ral-3 (EPA File Symbol 70724-R). The application is withdrawn without prejudice to future filing for registration of products containing Burkholderia cepacia strain Ral-3.

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Denise L. Greenway, c/o Product Manager 91, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone number (703) 308-8263, e-mail address:

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I. Does this Action Apply to Me?

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III. Background Information

EPA issued a notice in the Federal Register on March 24, 1998 (63 FR 14114) (FRL-5780-3), which announced the Agrium U.S., Inc. submission of an application to register a pesticide product (EPA File Symbol 70724-R) containing an active ingredient, the microbial pesticide Burkholderia cepacia strain Ral-3, an active ingredient not included in any previously registered pesticide product. Subsequently, EPA issued a correction notice in the Federal Register on April 15, 1998 (63 FR 18410) (FRL-5783-3) for the microbial pesticide Burkholderia cepacia strain Ral-3.

The application was the subject of a joint review with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada, where the application was also withdrawn from further consideration by the applicant.

EPA received comments from the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, the University of Edinburgh Medical School, Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, the University of British Columbia, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. EPA co-chaired and participated in a symposium entitled, “Burkholderia cepacia-Friend or Foe?,” at a joint meeting of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA). EPA held and participated in an inter-Agency meeting entitled, “Risk Assessment for Intentional Use of Opportunistic Pathogens,” with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and Health Canada. EPA also participated in several meetings of the International Burkholderia cepacia Working Group (IBCWG) and held and participated in a Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting entitled, “Burkholderia cepacia: Risk Assessment of a Biopesticide with Affinities to a Human Opportunistic Pathogen,” a record of which is Start Printed Page 6370available at​scipoly/​sap/​1999/​index.htm#july.

IV. What Action is the Agency Taking?

EPA is announcing that Agrium U.S., Inc., South Ulster St., Suite 1400, Denver, CO 80237, has withdrawn its application to register a microbial pesticide containing Burkholderia cepacia strain Ral-3, as provided for in section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). Burkholderia cepacia strain Ral-3 is an active ingredient not included in any previously registered pesticide product. Burkholderia cepacia strain Ral-3 had been proposed as a microbial pesticide for commercial indoor application to seed and/or seedlings of conifers and deciduous trees.

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  • Environmental protection
  • Pesticides and pests
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Dated: January 21, 2000.

Janet L. Andersen,

Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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