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Ground Water Pesticide Management Rule; Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture.


This document notifies the public that the Administrator of EPA has forwarded to the Secretary of Agriculture a draft final rule under section 25(a) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The draft final rule establishes a program whereby States and Tribes will develop and implement plans to manage the use of pesticides determined to leach to ground water. The rule also identifies four pesticides of concern to be managed under this program initially. The four pesticides can continue to be used if States and Tribes develop plans which will ensure they do not leach to ground water at concentrations that may be harmful to human health and the environment.

The rule designates the four chemicals as Restricted Use pesticides under section 3(d)(1)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The restriction prohibits all outdoor use of the pesticides unless used in accordance with a Pesticide Management Plan (PMP) developed by States and Tribes and approved by EPA. If a State or Tribe fails to submit or obtain approval of its PMP by a date 36 months from the effective date of the Rule, users in that State or Tribal land are prohibited from using the pesticide.

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By mail: Arthur Jean B. Williams, Field and External Affairs Division (7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 305-5239; e-mail address:

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I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

You may be potentially affected by this action if you are involved in the production, sale, use, or regulation of one or more of the four chemicals or formulations specified in this regulation. Potentially affected categories and entities may include, but are not limited to:

CategoriesNAICS codesExamples of potentially affected entities
Producers32532Pesticide Registrants; Pesticide Formulators
Distributors444Farm Supplies Retail, Lawn and Garden Supply Stores, Farm Supplies Wholesale
Regulators921State Legislative and Executive Bodies
92115Tribal Governments
Users111Crop Production (Growers)
56171Lawn Pesticide Applicators
71391Golf Course Applicators

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 document, 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/​.

2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for this action under docket control number OPP-250129. The official record consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, and other information related to this action found in docket numbers 0PP-36190 and 36190A, 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 Start Printed Page 57586includes 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.

II. What Action is EPA Taking?

Section 25(a)(2) of FIFRA provides that the Administrator must provide the Secretary of Agriculture with a copy of any regulation at least 30 days before signing it for publication in the Federal Register. The draft final rule is not available to the public until after it has been signed by EPA. If the Secretary comments in writing regarding the draft final rule within 15 days after receiving it, the Administrator shall include in the final rule when published in the Federal Register the comments of the Secretary and the Administrator's response to those comments. If the Secretary does not comment in writing within 15 days after receiving the draft final rule, the Administrator may sign the final rule for publication in the Federal Register anytime after the 15-day period.

III. Do Any Regulatory Assessment Requirements Apply to this Notification?

No. This document is not a rule, merely a notification of submission to the Secretary of Agriculture. As such, none of the regulatory assessment requirements apply to this document.

IV. Will EPA Submit this Notification to Congress and the Comptroller General?

No. This action is not a rule for purposes of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), 5 U.S.C. 804(3), and will not be submitted to Congress and the Comptroller General. EPA will submit the final rule to Congress and the Comptroller General as required by the CRA.

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List of Subjects in Parts 152 and 156

  • Environmental protection
  • Administrative Practice and Procedure
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Labeling
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Pesticides and Pests
  • Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements
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Dated: September 13, 2000

Joseph Merenda,

Acting Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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[FR Doc. 00-24209 Filed 9-22-00; 8:45 am]