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Chlorpyrifos; Receipt of Requests For End-Use Product Amendments and Cancellations

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

Companies that hold the pesticide registrations of end-use pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos [O,O-diethyl O-(3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinyl)phosphorothioate] have asked EPA to cancel or amend their registrations. Pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is announcing the Agency's receipt of these requests from the registrants. These requests for voluntary cancellation and amendment are the result of a memorandum of agreement signed by EPA and the basic manufacturers of the active ingredient chlorpyrifos on June 7, 2000. Registrants identified in this notice requesting voluntary cancellation and amendments are in large part the customer of these basic manufacturers. Given the potential risks, both dietary and non-dietary, that chlorpyrifos use poses, especially to children, EPA intends to grant the requested cancellations and amendments to delete uses. EPA also plans to issue a cancellation order for the deleted uses and the canceled registrations at the close of the comment period for this announcement. Upon the issuance of the cancellation order, any distribution, sale, or use of chlorpyrifos products will only be permitted if such distribution, sale, or use is consistent with the terms of that order.

DATES:

Comments, identified by docket control number OPP-34203F, must be received on or before July 27, 2001. Comments on the requested amendments to delete uses and the requested registration cancellations must be submitted to the address provided below and identified by docket control number OPP-34203F.

ADDRESSES:

Comments may be submitted by mail, electronically, or in person. Please follow the detailed instructions for each method as provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket control number OPP-34203F in the subject line on the first page of your response.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tom Myers, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone number: 703-308-8589; fax number: 703-308-8041; e-mail address:myers.tom@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This announcement consists of three parts. The first part contains general information. The second part addresses the registrants' requests for registration cancellations and amendments to delete uses. The third part proposes existing stock provisions that will be set forth in the cancellation order that the Agency Start Printed Page 34185intends to issue at the close of the comment period for this announcement.

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

This action is directed to the public in general. You may be potentially affected by this action if you manufacture, sell, distribute, or use chlorpyrifos products. The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, does not apply because this action is not a rule, for purposes of 5 U.S.C. 804(3). Since other entities may also 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 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 http://www.epa.gov/​. 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 http://www.epa.gov/​fedrgstr/​. To access information about the risk assessment for chlorpyrifos, go to the Home Page for the Office of Pesticide Programs or go directly http://www.epa.gov/​pesticides/​op/​chlorpyrifos.htm.

2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for this action under docket control number OPP-34203F. 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.

C. How and to Whom Do I Submit Comments?

You may submit comments through the mail, in person, or electronically. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket control number OPP-34203F in the subject line on the first page of your response.

1. By mail. Submit your comments to: Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Information Resources and Services Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

2. In person or by courier. Deliver your comments to: Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Information Resources and Services Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA. The PIRIB is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The PIRIB telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

3. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically by e-mail to: opp-docket@epa.gov, or you can submit a computer disk as described above. Do not submit any information electronically that you consider to be CBI. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of encryption. Electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect 6.1/8.0 or ASCII file format. All comments in electronic form must be identified by docket control number OPP-34203F. Electronic comments may also be filed online at many Federal Depository Libraries.

D. How Should I Handle CBI that I Want to Submit to the Agency?

Do not submit any information electronically that you consider to be CBI. You may claim information that you submit to EPA in response to this document as CBI by marking any part or all of that information as CBI. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes any information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public version of the official record. Information not marked confidential will be included in the public version of the official record without prior notice. If you have any questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming CBI, please consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

E. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your comments:

1. Explain your views as clearly as possible.

2. Describe any assumptions that you used.

3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used that support your views.

4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you arrived at the estimate that you provide.

5. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns.

6. Offer alternative ways to improve the notice or collection activity.

7. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline in this notice.

8. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket control number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal Register citation.

II. Receipt of Requests to Cancel and Amend Registrations to Delete Uses

A. Background

In a memorandum of agreement (Agreement) effective June 7, 2000, EPA and the basic manufacturers of the active ingredient chlorpyrifos agreed to several voluntary measures that will reduce the potential exposure to children associated with chlorpyrifos containing products. EPA initiated the negotiations with registrants after finding chlorpyrifos, as currently registered, was an exposure risk especially to children. As a result of the Agreement, registrants that hold the pesticide registrations of end-use products containing chlorpyrifos (who are in large part the customer of these basic manufacturers) have asked EPA to cancel or amend their registrations for these products. Pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA announced the Agency's Start Printed Page 34186receipt of these requests from the registrants on November 17, 2000 (65 FR 69518). With respect to the registration amendments, the registrants have asked EPA to amend end-use product registrations to delete the following uses: All termite control uses (these will be phased out); all residential uses (except for ant and roach baits in child resistant packaging (CRP) and fire ant mound drenches for public health purposes by licensed applicators and mosquito control for public health purposes by public health agencies); all indoor non-residential uses (except ship holds, industrial plants, manufacturing plants, food processing plants, containerized baits in CRP, and processed wood products treated during the manufacturing process at the manufacturing site or at the mill); all outdoor non-residential sites (except golf courses, road medians, industrial plant sites, fence posts, utility poles, railroad ties, landscape timbers, logs, pallets, wooden containers, poles, posts, processed wood products, manhole covers, and underground utility cable and conduits; and fire ant mound drenches for public health purposes by licensed applicators and mosquito control for public health purposes by public health agencies). In addition, the companies agreed to limit the maximum chlorpyrifos end-use dilution to 0.5% active ingredient (a.i.) for termiticide uses that will be phased out, limit the maximum label application rate for outdoor non-residential use on golf courses, road medians, and industrial plant sites to 1 lb/a.i. per acre, and either classify all new/amended chlorpyrifos products (except baits in CRP) as restricted use or package the products in large containers, depending on the formulation type, to ensure that remaining chlorpyrifos products are not available to homeowners. In return, EPA stated that with this Agreement, it had no current intention to initiate any cancellation or suspension proceedings under section 6(b) or 6(c) of FIFRA with respect to the issues addressed in the Agreement.

In the Federal Register of September 20, 2000, (65 FR 56886) (FRL-6743-7), EPA published a notice of the Agency's receipt of amendments and cancellations for manufacturing use products and associated end use products for signatories of the Agreement signed on June 7, 2000 and subsequent ancillary agreements. These requests were submitted as a result of the Agreement that was signed on June 7, 2000 between EPA and the basic manufacturers of chlorpyrifos. A copy of the Agreement that was signed on June 7, 2000 is located in docket control number OPP-34203D.

B. Requests for Voluntary Cancellation of End-Use Products

Pursuant to the Agreement and FIFRA section 6(f)(1)(A), several registrants have submitted requests for voluntary cancellation of registrations for their end-use products. The registrations for which cancellations were requested are identified in the following Table 1.

Table 1.—End-Use Product Registration Cancellation Requests

CompanyReg. No.Product
P.F. Harris Manufacturing Company3-5Formula BF-101 (Roach and Ant Killer)
Bonide Products, Inc.4-207Bonide Dursban 5 Lawn Insect Control Granules
4-308Bonide Home Pest Control
4-319Bonide Home Pest Control Concentrate
4-320Bonide Termite and Carpenter Ant Control
4-364Pyrenone Dursban Roach and Ant Spray
4-421Dursban
Dexol, A Division of Verdant Brands, Inc.192-207Dexol Pest Free Insect Killer
Prentiss Incorporated655-696Prentox Pyrifos 0.50 RTU
655-792Prentox D+2 Insecticide
655-793Prentox Super Brand D+2 Insecticide
Lebanon Seaboard Corporation961-261Greenskeeper Chinch Bug Control
961-275Lebanon Lawn Food 19-4-4 w/Insect & Grub Control
961-326Agrico Country Club Insect Control
NCH Corporation1769-281Trail-Blazer
1769-330Dichloran L.O.
Wellmark International2724-471Methoprene/Chlorpyrifos Combination Collar for Dogs
Happy Jack, Inc.2781-20Happy Jack Tri-Plex Flea and Mange Collar
2781-35Happy Jack 3x Flea, Tick and Mange Collar for Cats
2781-47Sardex
PIC Corporation3095-46PIC Roach, Ant and Spider Killer 2
3095-54PIC Pest Control
3095-64PIC Roach Control III
Combe, Incorporated4306-16Sulfodene Scratchex Flea and Tick Collar for Cats
J.C. Ehrlich Chemical Co, Inc.4704-41Roach and Ant Killer 2
Hub States, LLC5602-204Hub States Residual Crack/Crevice
Voluntary Purchasing Group7401-293Hi-Yield Special Kill-A-Bug Lawn Granules
7401-294Hi-Yield Dursban Spray
7401-296Hi-Yield Mole Cricket Bait Containing Dursban
7401-313Ferti-Lome Spider Spray
7401-314Ferti-Lome Flea & Tick Spray
7401-347Hi-Yield Dursban Garden Dust
7401-350Hi-Yield Borer Killer Containing Dursban
7401-364Ferti-Lome Fire Ant Killer
7401-371Improved Ferti-lome Cricket & Grasshopper Bait
7401-416Hi-Yield Termite and Soil Insect Killer
7401-417Hi-Yield ready to Use Flea and Tick Killer
7401-419Hi-Yield Mole Cricket Killer
7401-423Hi-Yield Kill-A-Bug Lawn Granules
7401-448Dursban-1E Insect Control
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Spectrum Group, Division of United Industries Corp.8845-21Rid-A-Bug Home Insect Killer Brand AZ5
8845-30Rid-A-Bug Concentrate Brand DD7-2 Home Insect Killer
8845-31Rid-A-Bug Flea and Tick Brand TF-5 Killer
Theochem Laboratories, Inc.9367-29Aqua-Sect Water Base Insecticide
Waterbury Companies Inc.9444-90CB Aqueous Crack and Crevice Insecticide
9444-93Dursban Crack and Crevice Insecticide
9444-103CB Flea & Tick Spray
Chemisco, Division of United Industries Corp.9688-42Chemisco Ant and Roach Killer A
9688-47Ant and Roach Killer IV
9688-62Chemisco Wasp and Hornet Killer IV
9688-75Chemisco Microencapsulated Ant and Roach Killer
9688-88Chemisco Lawn & Garden Granules
9688-95Chemisco Insect Control Concentrate A
9688-96Chemisco Insect Control Concentrate B
Lesco, Inc.10404-30Lesco Lawn & Ornamental 4.E Plant Insecticide
Hi-Yield Chemical Company34911-12Hi-Yield Kill-A-Bug Lawn Granules
34911-17Hi-Yield Kill-A-Bug
34911-18Hi-Yield Fire Ant Killer
St Jon Laboratories, Inc.45087-40Zema 11 Month Collar for Dogs
Celex, Division of United Industries Corp.46515-13Super K-Gro Home Pest Insect Control
46515-51Dursban Insect Spray
Chem-Tech, Ltd.47000-60Household Insecticide (with Dursban)
Alljack, Division of United Industries Corp.49585-16Super K Gro Dursban 1/2 G Granular Insecticide
49585-17Super K Gro Dursban Grub and Insect Control
49585-18Super K Gro Mole Cricket Bait
PM Resources, Inc67517-28Roach and Ant Insecticide
Black Flag69421-31Black Flag Roach Control System
69421-54Black Flag Liquid Roach & Ant Killer
Health and Environmental Horizons, Ltd71076-1The Sprinklelizer System
OMS Investments, Inc.71949-1Ford's Dursban 1/2 G
71949-4Ford's Lawn Granules
71949-5Ford's Roach Bait
71949-6Ford's Dursban 2.5% G Granular Insecticide
71949-7Ford's Aquakill Plus Roach Spray
71949-8Ford's Marine Control Multi Purpose Insecticide
71949-9Ford's Dursban 1% Dust Insecticide

Under section 6(f)(1)(A) of FIFRA, registrants may request, at any time, that EPA cancel any of their pesticide registrations. Section 6(f)(1)(B) of FIFRA requires that EPA provide a 30-day period in which the public may comment before the Agency may act on the request for voluntary cancellation. In addition, section 6(f)(1)(C) of FIFRA requires that EPA provide a 180-day comment period on a request for voluntary termination of any minor agricultural use before granting the request, unless (1) the registrants request a waiver of the comment period, or (2) the Administrator determines that continued use of the pesticide would pose an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment. The registrants have requested that EPA waive the 180-day comment period. In light of this request, EPA is granting the request to waive the 180-day comment period and is providing a 30-day public comment period before taking action on the requested cancellations. Given the potential risks, both dietary and non-dietary, that chlorpyrifos use poses, especially to children, EPA intends to grant the requested cancellations at the close of the comment period for this announcement.

C. Requests for Voluntary Amendments to Delete Uses from the Registrations of End-Use Products

Pursuant to section 6(f)(1)(A) of FIFRA, several registrants have also submitted requests to amend other end-use registrations of pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos to delete the aforementioned uses from any product bearing such use. The registrations for which amendments to delete uses were requested are identified in the following Table 2.

Table 2.—End-Use Product Registration Amendment Requests

CompanyReg. No.Product
Riverdale Chemical Company228-161Riverdale Grub Out Plus Fertilizer
Hub States, LLC5602-97Di-Tox E
5602-151Di-Tox Plus
Clark Mosquito Control8329-26Dursban 1/2% G
8329-29Dursban 1% G
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Knox Fertilizer Company, Inc.8378-42Dursban 70 with Plant Food
8378-43Shaw's Dursban 50 with Plant Food
8378-44Shaw's Dursban 60 with Plant Food
8378-46Shaw's Dursban 100 Granules
Waterbury Companies, Inc.9444-184CB Strikeforce I Residual With Dursban
9444-202Strikeforce II Residual with Dursban
Athea Laboratories, Inc.10088-84Residual Insecticide
10088-85Surface Insecticide
10088-94Banish Residual Insect Spray
Howard Fertilizer Company, Inc.35512-27Turf Pride Fertilizer with Dursban
35512-36Turf Pride with 0.67% Dursban
Harrell's Inc.52287-50.4% Chlorpyrifos Plus Fertilizer
Troy E. Fox and Mariene R. Fox55773-1Score Roach Bait

Under section 6(f)(1)(A) of FIFRA, registrants may request, at any time, that their pesticide registrations be amended to delete one or more pesticide uses. The registrants have requested that EPA waive the 180-day comment period. In light of this request, EPA is granting the request to waive the 180-day comment period and is providing a 30-day public comment period before taking action on the requested amendments to delete uses. Given the potential dietary and non-dietary risks that chlorpyrifos use poses, especially to children, EPA intends to grant the requested amendments to delete uses at the close of the comment period for this announcement.

III. Proposed Existing Stocks Provisions

The registrants have requested voluntary cancellation of the chlorpyrifos registrations identified in Table 1 and voluntary amendment to terminate certain uses of the chlorpyrifos registrations identified in Table 2. Pursuant to section 6(f) of FIFRA, EPA intends to grant the requests for voluntary cancellation and amendment. For purposes of the cancellation order that the Agency intends to issue at the close of the comment period for this announcement, the term “existing stocks” will be defined, pursuant to EPA's existing stocks policy at June 26, 1991,(56 FR 29362) as those stocks of a registered pesticide product which are currently in the United States and which have been packaged, labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the cancellation or amendment. Any distribution, sale, or use of existing stocks after the effective date of the cancellation order that the Agency intends to issue that is not consistent with the terms of that order will be considered a violation of section 12(a)(2)(K) and /or 12(a)(1)(A) of FIFRA.

1. Distribution or sale by registrants of products bearing other uses. (i) Restricted use and package size limitations. Except for the purposes of returns for relabeling consistent with the June 7, 2000 Agreement, shipping for export consistent with the requirements of section 17 of FIFRA, or proper disposal:

(a) The distribution or sale by registrants of existing stocks of any EC formulation product listed in Table 1 or 2 will not be lawful under FIFRA as of the date of publication of the cancellation order in the Federal Register, unless the product is labeled as restricted use;

(b) The distribution or sale by registrants of existing stocks of any product listed in Table 1 or 2 labeled for any agricultural use and that is not an EC, will not be lawful under FIFRA as of the date of publication of the cancellation order in the Federal Register, unless the product is either labeled for restricted use or packaged in containers no smaller than 15 gallons of a liquid formulation, 50 pounds of a granular formulation, or 25 pounds of any other dry formulation; and

(c) The distribution or sale by registrants of existing stocks of any product listed in Table 1 or 2 labeled solely for non-agricultural uses (other than containerized baits in CRP) and that is not an EC, will not be lawful under FIFRA after of February 1, 2001, unless the product is either labeled for restricted use or packaged in containers no smaller than 15 gallons of a liquid formulation or 25 pounds of a dry formulation.

(ii) Prohibited uses. Except for the purposes of returns for relabeling consistent with the June 7, 2000 Agreement, shipping for export consistent with the requirements of section 17 of FIFRA, or proper disposal, the distribution or sale of existing stocks by registrants of any product identified in Table 1 or 2 that bears instructions for any of the following uses will not be lawful under FIFRA as of the date of publication of the cancellation order in the Federal Register:

(a) Termite control, unless the product bears directions for use of a maximum 0.5% active ingredient chlorpyrifos end-use dilution;

(b) Post-construction termite control, except for spot and local termite treatment, provided the label of the product states that the product may not be used for spot and local treatment after December 31, 2002;

(c) Indoor residential except for containerized baits in CRP;

(d) Indoor non-residential except for containerized baits in CRP and products with formulations other than EC that bear labeling solely for one or more of the following uses: Warehouses, ship holds, railroad boxcars, industrial plants, manufacturing plants, food processing plants, or processed wood products treated during the manufacturing process at the manufacturing site or at the mill;

(e) Outdoor residential except for products bearing labeling solely for one or more of the following public health uses: Individual fire ant mound treatment by licensed applicators or mosquito control by public health agencies; and

(f) Outdoor non-residential, non-agricultural except for products that bear labeling solely for one or more of the following uses: golf courses, road medians, and industrial plant sites, provided the maximum label application rate does not exceed 1lb./ai per acre; mosquito control for public health purposes by public health agencies; individual fire ant mound treatment for public health purposes by licensed applicators; and fence posts, utility poles, railroad ties, landscape timbers, logs, pallets, wooden containers, poles, posts, processed wood products, manhole covers, and underground utility cable and conduits.

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3. Final distribution, sale and use date for preconstruction termite control. The distribution, sale or use of any product listed in Table 1 or 2 bearing instructions for pre-construction termiticide use will not be lawful under FIFRA after December 31, 2005, unless, prior to that date, EPA has issued a written determination that such use may continue consistent with the requirements of FIFRA.

4. Use of existing stocks. Except for products bearing those uses identified above in Unit III.3. of this document, EPA intends to permit the use of existing stocks of products listed in Table 1 or 2 until such stocks are exhausted, provided such use is in accordance with the existing labeling of that product.

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Dated: June 15, 2001.

Jack E. Housenger,

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

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