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Benomyl; Cancellation Order

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




This notice announces a cancellation order requested by Hi-Yield Chemical Company for their registration of the pesticide product containing methyl 1-(butylcarbamoyl)-2-benzimidazole carbamate, or benomyl, and accepted by EPA, pursuant to section 6(f) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This order follows up a September 9, 2002, notice of receipt of request for the above mentioned voluntary registration cancellation. In that notice, EPA requested comments on the proposed cancellation and indicated that it would issue an order confirming the cancellation. Any distribution, sale, or use of canceled benomyl products is permitted only in accordance with the terms of the existing stocks provisions of this cancellation order.


The cancellation is effective March 5, 2003.

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Demson Fuller, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, telephone number: (703) 308-8062; fax number: (703) 308-7042; e-mail address:

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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 benomyl 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. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number OPP-2003-0029. The official public docket consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, any public comments received, and other information related to this action. Although a part of the official docket, the public docket does not include Confidential Business Information (CBI) Start Printed Page 10457or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is available for public viewing at the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA. This docket facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The docket telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the “Federal Register” listings at​fedrgstr/​. To access RED documents and RED fact sheets electronically, go directly to the REDs table on the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs Home Page, at​pesticides/​reregistration/​status.htm. An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may use EPA Dockets at​edocket/​ to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the appropriate docket ID number.

Certain types of information will not be placed in the EPA Dockets. Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute, which is not included in the official public docket, will not be available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material will not be placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. To the extent feasible, publicly available docket materials will be made available in EPA's electronic public docket. When a document is selected from the index list in EPA Dockets, the system will identify whether the document is available for viewing in EPA's electronic public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the docket facility identified in Unit I.B.1. EPA intends to work towards providing electronic access to all of the publicly available docket materials through EPA's electronic public docket.

For public commenters, it is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public docket as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. When EPA identifies a comment containing copyrighted material, EPA will provide a reference to that material in the version of the comment that is placed in EPA's electronic public docket. The entire printed comment, including the copyrighted material, will be available in the public docket.

Public comments submitted on computer disks that are mailed or delivered to the docket will be transferred to EPA's electronic public docket. Public comments that are mailed or delivered to the docket will be scanned and placed in EPA's electronic public docket. Where practical, physical objects will be photographed, and the photograph will be placed in EPA's electronic public docket along with a brief description written by the docket staff.

II. Receipt of Request to Cancel Registrations

A. Background

Benomyl is a benzimidazole carbamate and systemic foliar fungicide which was registered for use on a variety of fruit and vegetable crops. The technical registrant, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (DuPont), met with the Agency on April 18, 2001, and requested a voluntary cancellation of all their registrations for products containing benomyl. DuPont stated that this decision was based on business reasons. Following a public comment period on the proposed cancellations and consideration of comments received, the cancellation order was published in the Federal Register and became effective on August 8, 2001 (66 FR 41589) (FRL-6794-9).

In addition, the Agency also received letters from the following registrants requesting voluntary cancellation of all their products containing benomyl: American Mushroom Institute, Amvac Chemical Corp., Pursell Industries, Inc., the Scotts Company, Value Garden Supply LLC, and Voluntary Purchasing Groups, Inc.

In their letter dated July 31, 2002, Hi-Yield (represented by their agent, Brazos Associates Inc.) stated that they no longer manufacture or distribute the end use product that contained benomyl and there are no inventories of remaining stocks.

Pursuant to section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA announced receipt of the request from Hi-Yield Chemical Company in a Federal Register notice published on September 9, 2002 (67 FR 57726) (FRL-7197-5). In that notice, EPA provided a 30-day comment period. The registrant requested the Administrator waive the 180-day comment period provided under FIFRA section 6(f)(1)(c), and EPA granted this request. No public comments were received during the 30-day comment period.

B. Requests for Voluntary Cancellation of Products

Pursuant to FIFRA section 6(f)(1)(A), Hi-Yield Chemical Company has submitted a request for voluntary cancellation of registration for their product containing benomyl. The registration for which the cancellation was requested is identified in the following table.

Product Registration Cancellation Request

CompanyRegistration No.Product
Hi-Yield Chemical Company34911-27Hi-Yield Benomyl

III. Cancellation Order

Pursuant to section 6(f)(1)(A) of FIFRA, EPA is approving the requested cancellation. Accordingly, EPA orders that the registration identified in the table in Unit II.B., is hereby canceled. Any distribution, sale, or use of existing stocks of the products identified in the table above in a manner inconsistent with the terms of this Order or the Existing Stock Provisions in Unit IV. of this document will be considered a violation of section 12(a)(2)(K) of FIFRA and/or section 12(a)(1)(A) of FIFRA.

IV. Existing Stocks Provisions

For purposes of this Order, the term “existing stocks” is defined, pursuant to EPA's existing stocks policy (56 FR 29362, June 26, 1991) (FRL-3846-4), 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 cancellation.

A. Distribution or Sale by the Registrant

Cancellation orders generally permit a registrant to sell or distribute existing stocks for 1 year after the date the cancellation request was received. However, the registrant has stated that they no longer manufacture or distribute end use products that contain benomyl. Start Printed Page 10458 In addition, the distribution of benomyl products in the channels of trade ended on December 31, 2002, prohibiting the sale of these products. Therefore, the distribution or sale of existing stocks by the registrant is not lawful under FIFRA after March 5, 2003 except for the purposes of returns and shipping such stocks for export consistent with the requirements of section 17 of FIFRA, or for proper disposal.

B. Distribution and Sale by Other Persons

Sale or distribution by any person of existing stocks of the product identified in the table in Unit II.B. is not lawful under FIFRA after March 5, 2003. The legal sale and distribution of benomyl products ended on December 31, 2002.

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  • Environmental protection
  • Pesticides and pests
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Dated: February 6, 2003.

Lois A. Rossi,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-4777 Filed 3-4-03; 8:45 am]