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Pesticide Product Registrations; Conditional Approval

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




This notice announces Agency approval of applications submitted by AgraQuest, Inc., to conditionally register the pesticide products SerenadeTM Biofungicide Wettable Powder and QST 713 Technical containing a new active ingredient not included in any previously registered products pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.

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By mail: Susanne Cerrelli, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 703-308-8077; e-mail address:

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I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

You may be affected by this action if you are an agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. Potentially affected categories and entities may include, but are not limited to:

CategoriesNAICS codesExamples of potentially affected entities
Industry111Crop production
112Animal production
311Food manufacturing
32532Pesticide manufacturing

This listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by this action. Other types of entities not listed in the table could also be affected. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes have been provided to assist you and others in determining whether or not this action might apply to certain entities. If you have 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 Additional Information, Including Copies of this Document and Other Related Documents?

1. Electronically. You may obtain electronic copies of this document, and certain other related documents that might be available electronically, from the EPA Internet Home Page at​. To access this Start Printed Page 52733document, on the Home Page select “Laws and Regulations,” “Regulations and Proposed Rules,” and then look up the entry for this document under the “Federal Register—Environmental Documents.” You can also go directly to the Federal Register listings at​fedrgstr/​.

To access a fact sheet which provides more detail on this registration, go to the Home Page for the Office of Pesticide Programs at​pesticides/​, and select “fact sheet.”

2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for this action under docket control number OPP-30480A. The official record consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, any public comments received during an applicable comment period, and other information related to this action, including any information claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI). This official record includes the documents that are physically located in the docket, as well as the documents that are referenced in those documents. The public version of the official record does not include any information claimed as CBI. The public version of the official record, which includes printed, paper versions of any electronic comments submitted during an applicable comment period, is available for inspection in the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The PIRIB telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

In accordance with section 3(c)(2) of FIFRA, a copy of the approved label, the list of data references, the data and other scientific information used to support registration, except for material specifically protected by section 10 of FIFRA, are available for public inspection in the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch, Information Resources and Services Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, Arlington, VA (703) 305-5805). Requests for data must be made in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and must be addressed to the Freedom of Information Office (A-101), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Such requests should: Identify the product name and registration number and specify the data or information desired.

A paper copy of the fact sheet, which provides more detail on this registration, may be obtained from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161.

II. Did EPA Conditionally Approve the Application?

A conditional registration may be granted under section 3(c)(7)(C) of FIFRA for a new active ingredient where certain data are lacking, on condition that such data are received by the end of the conditional registration period and do not meet or exceed the risk criteria set forth in 40 CFR 154.7; that use of the pesticide during the conditional registration period will not cause unreasonable adverse effects; and that use of the pesticide is in the public interest. The Agency has considered the available data on the risks associated with the proposed use of Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713, and information on social, economic, and environmental benefits to be derived from such use. Specifically, the Agency has considered the nature and its pattern of use, application methods and rates, and level and extent of potential exposure. Based on these reviews, the Agency was able to make basic health and safety determinations which show that use of Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713 during the period of conditional registration will not cause any unreasonable adverse effect on the environment, and that use of the pesticide is, in the public interest.

Consistent with section 3(c)(7)(C) of FIFRA, the Agency has determined that these conditional registrations are in the public interest. Use of the pesticides are of significance to the user community, and appropriate labeling, use directions, and other measures have been taken to ensure that use of the pesticides will not result in unreasonable adverse effects to man and the environment.

III. Approved Applications

1. Applications approved and published. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register of June 16, 1999 (64 FR 32231) (FRL-6084-5), announcing that AgraQuest, Inc., 1105 Kennedy Place, Davis, CA 95616), (now located at 1530 Drew Ave., Davis, CA), had submitted an application to conditionally register the pesticide product, QST 713 Technical, microbial fungicide (EPA File Symbol 69592-L), containing the QST 713 strain of dried Bacillus subtilis at 5%. Presently, the QST 713 Technical, microbial fungicide contains the QST 713 strain of Bacillus subtilis at 14.6%, an active ingredient not included in any previously registered product.

2. Application approved but not published. AgraQuest, Inc., submitted an application to EPA to register the pesticide product SerenadeTM Biofungicide Wettable Powder (EPA File Symbol 69592-U) containing the same chemical at 14.6%. However, since the notice of receipt of the application to register the product as required by section 3(c)(4) of FIFRA, as amended, did not publish in the Federal Register, interested parties may submit comments on or before September 29, 2000 for this product only.

The applications were conditionally approved on June 20, 2000 for an end-use product and a technical listed below:

1. SerenadeTM Biofungicide Wettable Powder, for use on cherries, cucurbits, grapes, hops, leafy vegetables (except Brassica), peanuts, pepper, potato, tomato, and walnuts (EPA Registration Number 69592-4)

2. QST 713 Technical, for use in manufacturing and formulating end-use products to control various fungal plant pathogens and terrestrial use (EPA Registration Number 69592-5).

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  • Environmental protection
  • Pesticides and pests
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Dated: August 17, 2000.

Kathleen D. Knox,

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

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[FR Doc. 00-21921 Filed 8-29-00; 8:45 am]