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Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Technical and Formulation Intermediate Pesticide Registrations of 2,4-Dichlorprop and Mecoprop

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).




In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by Bayer Cropscience, BASF Corporation, and A.H. Marks and Company, Ltd., to voluntarily cancel all technical and formulation intermediate pesticide registrations of 2,4-DP, 2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy) propionic acid, commonly known as dichlorprop, and MCPP, 2-(4-chloro-2-methylphenoxy) propionic acid, commonly known as mecoprop, including their associated salts and esters.


All three registrants have elected to waive the 180-day comment period usually associated with a public notice of voluntary cancellation. Unless a request is withdrawn by the registrants by August 8, 2003, for EPA Registration Numbers: 264-706, 264-707, 264-708, 264-709, 264-710, 264-711, 264-712, 264-713, 264-714, 264-715, 7969-116, 7969-127, 15440-12, 15440-14, 15440-16, and 15440-17, orders will be issued canceling these registrations. The Agency will consider withdrawal requests postmarked no later than August 8, 2003.

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Mark Howard, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8172; e-mail address:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

This action is directed to the public in general. Although this action may be of particular interest to persons who produce or use pesticides, 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 information in this notice, 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-2003-0190. 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.

2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the “Federal Register” listings at​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​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. 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.

II. What Action is the Agency Taking?

This notice announces receipt by the Agency of applications from registrants Start Printed Page 40935to cancel 16 pesticide products registered under section 3 or 24(c) of FIFRA. These registrations are listed in sequence by registration number in Table 1 of this unit.

Table 1.—Registrations with Pending Requests for Cancellation

Registration No.Product NameChemical Name
264-7062,4-DP Dichlorprop2,4-DP Acid
264-7072,4-DP Technical2,4-DP Acid
264-708Technical 2,4-DP2,4-DP Acid
264-709DP-4 Amine2,4-DP DMA Salt
264-7102,4-DP Isooctyl Ester Technical2,4-DP Isooctyl Ester
264-711DP-42,4-DP Isooctyl Ester
264-712MCPP 98% Technical Acid HerbicideMCPP Acid
264-713Technical MCPP AcidMCPP Acid
264-714MCPP-TechMCPP Acid
264-715MCPP TechnicalMCPP Acid
7969-116MCPP Amine 4MCPP DMA Salt
7969-127Mecoprop AK Technical AcidMCPP Acid
15440-12Technical 2-(2,4-Dichlorophenoxy Propionic) Acid2,4-DP Acid
15440-14Marks CMPP (Mecoprop) Technical AcidMCPP Acid
15440-16Marks Technical Iso-Octyl Ester of 2,4-DP2,4-DP Isooctyl Ester
15440-17Technical MecopropMCPP Acid

Unless a request is withdrawn by the registrant within 30 days of publication of this notice, orders will be issued canceling all of these registrations. Users of these pesticides or anyone else desiring the retention of a registration should contact the applicable registrant directly during this 30-day period.

Table 2 of this unit includes the names and addresses of record for all registrants of the products in Table 1 of this unit, in sequence by EPA company number.

Table 2.—Registrants Requesting Voluntary Cancellation

EPA Company No.Company Name and Address
264Bayer Cropscience, 2 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
7969BASF Corporation, P.O. Box 13528, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3528
15440A.H Marks and Company, Ltd., Wyke Bradford, West Yorkshire, England BD12-9EJ

III. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?

Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be canceled. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any such request in the Federal Register. Thereafter, the Administrator may approve such a request.

IV. Procedures for Withdrawal of Request

Registrants who choose to withdraw a request for cancellation must submit such withdrawal in writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, postmarked before August 8, 2003. This written withdrawal of the request for cancellation will apply only to the applicable FIFRA section 6(f)(1) request listed in this notice. If the product(s) have been subject to a previous cancellation action, the effective date of cancellation and all other provisions of any earlier cancellation action are controlling. The withdrawal request must also include a commitment to pay any reregistration fees due, and to fulfill any applicable unsatisfied data requirements.

V. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks

The effective date of cancellation will be the date of the cancellation order. The orders effecting these requested cancellations will generally permit a registrant to sell or distribute existing stocks for 1-year after the date the cancellation request was received. This policy is in accordance with the Agency's statement of policy as prescribed in the Federal Register of June 26, 1991 (56 FR 29362) (FRL-3846-4). Exceptions to this general rule will be made if a product poses a risk concern, or is in noncompliance with reregistration requirements, or is subject to a Data Call-In. In all cases, product-specific disposition dates will be given in the cancellation orders.

Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products which are currently in the U.S. and which have been packaged, labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the cancellation action. Unless the provisions of an earlier order apply, existing stocks already in the hands of dealers or users can be distributed, sold, or used legally until they are exhausted, provided that such further sale and use comply with the EPA-approved label and labeling of the affected product. Exception to these general rules will be made in specific cases when more stringent restrictions on sale, distribution, or use of the products or their ingredients have already been imposed, as in a Special Review action, or where the Agency has identified significant potential risk concerns associated with a particular chemical.

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Dated: June 19, 2003.

 Richard P. Keigwin, Jr.,

Acting Director, Information Resources Services Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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[FR Doc. 03-17211 Filed 7-8-03; 8:45 am]