Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This notice, pursuant to section 4(g)(2) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), concludes the 30-day comment period for the Tolerance Reassessment Progress and Interim Risk Management Decision (TRED) for fenbutatin-oxide. No comments were submitted. These tolerances are now reassessed and considered safe under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Beth Edwards, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5400; fax number: (703) 308-8041; e-mail address: email@example.com.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
I. General Information
A. Does this Action Apply to Me?
This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) or the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA); environmental, human health, and agricultural advocates; pesticide users; and the public interested in the use of pesticides. 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 Copies of this Document and Other Related Information?
1. Docket. EPA has established an official public docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number OPP-2003-0013. 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) or 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., Start Printed Page 13310Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The docket telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
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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 http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to 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. 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. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the appropriate docket ID number.
A. What Action is the Agency Taking?
EPA issued a notice published in the Federal Register of June 11, 2002 (67 FR 39980) (FRL-7181-6), for fenbutatin-oxide. That notice announced the availability of the TRED and opened the 30-day comment period. No comments were received. This notice constitutes and announces the closing of the comment period for the fenbutatin-oxide TRED. This decision has been developed as part of the public participation process that EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are using to involve the public in the reassessment of pesticide tolerances under FFDCA. EPA must review tolerances and tolerance exemptions that were in effect when FQPA was enacted in August 1996, to ensure that these existing pesticide residue limits for food and feed commodities meet the safety standard of the new law.
In reviewing these tolerances, the Agency must consider, among other things, aggregate risks from non-occupational sources of pesticide exposure, whether there is increased susceptibility to infants and children, and the cumulative effects of pesticides with a common mechanism of toxicity. The tolerances are considered reassessed once the safety finding has been made that aggregate risks are not of concern. A reregistration eligibility decision (RED) was completed for fenbutatin-oxide in June 1996, prior to FQPA enactment, and therefore needed an updated assessment to consider the provisions of the Act.
B. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?
The authority for this TRED is found in section 408(q) of the FFDCA, 21 U.S.C. 346a(q). Section 408(q) requires EPA to review tolerances and exemptions for pesticide chemical residues in effect of August 2, 1996, to determine whether the tolerance or exemption meets the requirements of 408(b)(2) or (c)(2). This review is to be completed by Agust 3, 2006.Start List of Subjects
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Dated: March 5, 2003.
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 03-6298 Filed 3-18-03; 8:45 am]
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