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Atrazine; Revised Pesticide Risk Assessment; Notice of Public Meeting

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

EPA will hold a public meeting to present the revised risk assessment for atrazine to interested stakeholders. This public meeting, called a “technical briefing,” will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to learn about the data, information, and methodologies that the Agency used in revising its risk assessment for atrazine.

DATES:

The technical briefing will be held on, April 16, 2002, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES:

The technical briefing will be held at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA, telephone number (703) 907-5933. Metro accessibility—Ballston Metro Stop.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

By mail: Kimberly Nesci Lowe, Special Review and Registration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-8059; e-mail address: lowe.kimberly@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

This action applies to the public in general. As such, the Agency has not attempted to specifically describe all the entities potentially affected by this action. The Agency believes that a wide range of stakeholders will be interested in the technical briefing on atrazine pesticides, including environmental, human health, and agricultural advocates, the chemical industry, pesticide users, and members of the public interested in the use of pesticides on food. 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/​.Start Printed Page 13144

To access information about organophosphate pesticides, you can also go directly to the Home Page for the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) at http://www.epa.gov/​pesticides. In addition, a brief summary of the atrazine revised risk assessment is now available at http://www.epa.gov/​pesticides, as well as in paper as part of the public version of the official record as described in Unit I.B.2.

2. In person. The Agency has established an official record under docket control number OPP-34237B. The official record consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, 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.

II. What Action is the Agency Taking?

This document announces the Agency's intention to hold a technical briefing for atrazine. The Agency is presenting the revised risk assessment for atrazine to interested stakeholders. This technical briefing is designed to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to become even more informed about the risk assessment. EPA will describe in detail the revised risk assessment: Including the major points (e.g., contributors to risk estimates); how public comment on the preliminary risk assessment affected the revised risk assessment; and the pesticide use information/data that was used in developing the revised risk assessment. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask clarifying questions.

The technical briefing is part of the pilot public participation process that EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are now using for involving the public in the reassessment of pesticide tolerances under the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), and the reregistration of individual pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The pilot public participation process was developed as part of the EPA-USDA Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee (TRAC), which was established in April 1998, as a subcommittee under the auspices of EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. A goal of the pilot public participation process is to find a more effective way for the public to participate at critical junctures in the Agency's development of pesticide risk assessment and risk management decisions. EPA and USDA began implementing this pilot process in August 1998, in response to Vice President Gore's directive to increase transparency and opportunities for stakeholder consultation.

On the day of the technical briefing, in addition to making copies available at the meeting site, the Agency will also release for public viewing the atrazine revised risk assessment and related documents to the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch and the OPP Internet web site that are described in Unit I.B.1. In addition, the Agency will issue a Federal Register notice to provide an opportunity for a 60-day public participation period during which the public may submit risk management and mitigation ideas and recommendations and proposals for transition.

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Dated: March 13, 2002.

 Betty Shackleford,

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

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[FR Doc. 02-6853 Filed 3-20-02; 8:45 am]

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