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Pesticides; Tolerance Exemptions for Active and Inert Ingredients for Use in Antimicrobial Formulations (Food-Contact Surface Sanitizing Solutions); Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Direct final rule; withdrawal.

SUMMARY:

EPA received adverse comment on the direct final rule “Pesticides; Tolerance Exemptions for Active and Inert Ingredients for Use in Antimicrobial Formulations (Food-Contact Surface Sanitizing Solutions),” published in the Federal Register of December 3, 2002, because of the adverse comment EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule. The direct final rule was intended to add a new section to part 180 listing the pesticide chemicals that are exempt from the requirement of a tolerance when used in food-contact surface sanitizing solutions.

DATES:

The withdrawal is effective March 24, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathryn Boyle, Registration Division (7505C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-6304; fax number: (703) 305-0599; e-mail address: boyle.kathryn@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Does this Action Apply to Me?

You may be potentially affected by this action if you are a food manufacturer, or antimicrobial pesticide manufacturer. Potentially affected categories and entities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Industry (NAICS 311), e.g., Food manufacturing.
  • Producers (NAICS 32561), e.g., Antimicrobial pesticides.

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 this unit could also be affected. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes have been provided to assist you and others in determining whether this action might apply to certain entities. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

II. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? -

A. Docket

EPA has established an official public docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number OPP-2003-0278. 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., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The docket telephone number is (703) 305-5805.-

B. Electronic Access

You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the “Federal Register” listings at http://www.epa.gov/​fedrgstr/​.-

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 submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents Start Printed Page 14166of 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 II.A. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the appropriate docket ID number. -

III. What Action is the Agency Taking? -

EPA has received adverse comment on the direct final rule published in the Federal Register of December 3, 2002 (67 FR 71847) (FRL-6824-2). EPA stated in that direct final rule that if EPA received adverse comment by February 3, 2003, the direct final rule would be withdrawn and not take effect. The direct final rule being withdrawn contains a list of exempt chemicals duplicated from the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) regulations in 21 CFR 178.1010.-

The Agency will continue to pursue this rulemaking effort by publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking in a future edition of the Federal Register. The comments on the direct final rule will be addressed in that future notice of proposed rulemaking.

IV. Congressional Review Act -

The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of this final rule in the Federal Register. This final rule is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180

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Dated: March 17, 2003.

Debra Edwards,

Acting Director, Registration Division.

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[FR Doc. 03-6946 Filed 3-21-03; 8:45 am]

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