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Diazinon; Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Products

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Start Printed Page 68898Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel the registrations for all of their outdoor non-agricultural end-use products containing diazinon [O,O-diethyl O-(2-isopropyl-6-methyl-4-pyrimidinyl) phosphorothioate]. EPA intends to grant these requests by issuing a cancellation order at the close of the comment period for this announcement, unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of these requests. It is EPA's intent that the cancellation of the outdoor non-agricultural end-use products will be effective on December 31, 2004. The Agency requests public comment on these voluntary cancellation requests, and is providing a 180-day comment period.

DATES:

Comments on the requested registration cancellations must be submitted to the address provided below and identified by docket identification (ID) number OPP-2003-0305. Comments must be received on or before June 7, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stephanie Plummer, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-0076; e-mail address: plummer.stephanie@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 ID number OPP-2003-0305. 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. EPA also established two dockets containing documents in support of the diazinon IRED. They are dockets OPP-34225 and OPP-2002-0251. 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 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 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 to cancel 75 pesticide products registered under section 3 of FIFRA. These registrations are listed in ascending sequence by registration number in Table 1 of this unit.

A. Background Information

Diazinon is an organophosphorous insecticide and is one of the most widely used insecticides in the U.S. It is used for outdoor non-agricultural, as well as agricultural, pest control.

Under a December 5, 2000, memorandum of agreement (MOA), the technical registrants of diazinon agreed to certain provisions regarding outdoor non-agricultural end-use products. All companies holding registrations for diazinon outdoor non-agricultural end-use products submitted letters to the Agency agreeing to the following changes in the conditions of their registrations according to the MOA:

1. Stop manufacturing all diazinon outdoor non-agricultural end-use products no later than June 30, 2003.

2. Stop shipment of all diazinon outdoor non-agricultural end-use products no later than August 31, 2003.

3. Voluntarily cancel all diazinon outdoor non-agricultural end-use product registrations by December 31, 2004.

4.Adhere to certain existing stocks provisions, which are explained in Unit IV.

The Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) document summarizes the findings of EPA's reregistration process for individual chemical cases, and reflects the Agency's decision on risk assessment and risk management for uses of the individual pesticides. EPA has issued an Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) document assessing the risks from exposure to diazinon.

B. Requests for Voluntary Cancellation

Under section 6(f)(1)(A) of FIFRA, registrants may request, at any time, that their pesticide registrations be canceled or amended to terminate one or more pesticide uses. Section 6(f)(1)(B) of FIFRA requires that before acting on a request for voluntary cancellation, EPA must provide a 30-day public comment period on the request for voluntary cancellation. In addition, section 6(f)(1)(C) of FIFRA requires that EPA provide a 180-day comment period on a request for voluntary termination of any minor agricultural use before granting the request, unless: (1) The registrants request a waiver of the comment period, or (2) the Administrator determines that the continued use of the pesticide would pose an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment.EPA will apply a 180-day comment period to this notice.

Table 1.— Diazinon Registrations with Pending Requests for Cancellation

Registration numberProduct name
16-118Dragon Granular Lawn Insect Control
16-119Dragon 5% Diazinon Granules
16-157Dragon 25% Diazinon Spray
16-166Dragon Diazinon Water-Based Concentrate
192-161Dexol Diazinon 5% Granules
228-162Riverdale Lawn Insect Killer Plus Fertilizer
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228-177Riverdale 5% Diazinon Insect Killer Granules
239-2364Ortho Diazinon Insect Spray
239-2375Ortho Diazinon Granules
239-2479Ortho Diazinon Soil and Turf Insect Control
239-2503Ortho Diazinon Granular Fire Ant Killer
239-2619Hi-Power Ant, Roach, and Spider Spray Formula II
239-2630Ortho Diazinon Insect Spray Ready-to-Use
239-2643Ortho Diazinon Insect Spray 2
239-2671Ortho Diazinon Dust
538-92Lawn Insect Control Plus Fertilizer
538-187Scotts Lawn Insect Control
538-204Western Lawn Insect Control Plus Fertilizer
538-254Fertilizer Plus Diazinon
538-258Fertilizer and Diazinon
572-2925% Diazinon Granular Lawn Insecticide
572-305Rockland Diazinon Spray
655-556Prentox Diazinon 5G
829-249Diazinon Insecticide 25% Spray Concentrate
829-264SA-50 Brand 5% Diazinon Granules
869-139Green Light Diazinon 5 Granules
869-231Green Light Diazinon
961-358Lebanon Lawn and Garden Insecticide with Diazinon 5G
961-393(old reg. no. 8660-11)Sta-Green Lawn Insect Control and Fertilizer
1386-6485% Diazinon Insect Killer Granules
3546-27Shoofly Hornet Jet-bomb
7401-216Ferti-lome Diazinon Insect Spray
7401-222Ferti-lome Special Diazinon Insect Killer Granules
7401-441Ferti-lome Diazinon Water Base Concentrate
8378-12Lawn Insect Control Plus Fertilizer
8378-32Shaw's 5% Diazinon Insect Granules
8780-51Turf Line Diazinon 5G Lawn Insect Control
8780-56Turf Line Arthroban Triple Action #4
8845-92Spectracide Lawn and Garden Insect Control
8845-95Spectracide 6000 Lawn and Garden Insect Control
8845-101Spectracide Fire Ant Killer
9198-45The Andersons Turf Food with 3.33% Diazinon
9198-62The Andersons Lawn and Garden Insecticide 5% Diazinon
9688-89Chemsico Diazinon 2G
10404-14Lesco Diazinon 3.33% + Fertilizer
10404-23Lesco Diazinon 5G
19713-263Drexel Diazinon 5G
19713-264Drexel Diazinon 2G
19713-317Bug Spray
28293-199Unicorn Diazinon 5G Granules
28293-230Unicorn 25 EC Diazinon
32802-5All Season Diazinon 5G Insecticide
33955-556Acme Diazinon 25% Emulsifiable Concentrate
33955-557Acme Diazinon 5G Lawn and Garden Insect Control
34704-57Clean Crop Diazinon 5 Lawn and Garden
34911-13Hi-Yield 5% Diazinon Insect Killer Granules
34911-23Hi-Yield Imported Fire Ant Control Granules
40849-30Enforcer Ant Kill Granules II
42057-90Diazinon Liquid (Diazinon 25% Emulsifiable)
42057-107Morgro 5% Diazinon Granular Lawn and Garden Insect Control
51036-69Diazinon 2G Lawn and Perimeter Granules
51036-97Diazinon 5G Homeowner
53883-45Martins Diazinon 25 E Lawn and Garden Insect Control
53883-46Martin's Diazinon Granular Lawn Insect Control
53883-51Martins 5% Diazinon Granules
53883-54Martin's Fire Ant Killer
53883-80 (old reg. no. 37915-6)Professional Pest Control Formula DC-500
56819-13 (old reg. no. 8780-54)Turf Diazinon Lawn Insect Control Plus Fertilizer #2
56819-14 (old reg. no. 8780-55)Turf Diazinon Lawn Insect Control Plus Fertilizer
59144-25% Diazinon Granules
59144-28Diazinon Lawn and Garden Insecticide
61282-25Diazinon Lawn and Garden WBC
62366-2Bug Stuff
67572-1CP Diazinon Lawn and Garden WB Ready-to-Use
75082-2 (old reg. no. 34822-6)Di-All Paint Insecticide

Table 2 of this unit includes the names and addresses of record for all Start Printed Page 68900registrants of the products in Table 1 of this unit, in ascending sequence by EPA company number:

Table 2.—Registrants Requesting Voluntary Cancellation

EPA Company numberCompany name and address
16Dragon Chemical Corporation, 7033 Walrond Drive, NW, P.O. Box 7311, Roanoke, VA 24019
192Value Gardens Supply, LLC, P.O. Box 585, St. Joseph, MO 64502
228Nufarm Americas Inc., 1333 Burr Ridge Parkway, Suite 125A, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
239The Ortho Business Group, P.O. Box 190, Marysville, OH 43040
538The Scotts Company, 14111 Scottslawn Road, Marysville, OH 43041
572Rockland Corporation, 686 Passaic Avenue, P.O. Box 809, West Caldwell, NJ 07007
655Prentiss Inc., CB 2000, Floral Park, New York, NY 11001
829Southern Agricultural Insecticides, Inc., P.O. Box 218, Palmetto, FL 34220
869Green Light Company, P.O. Box 17985, San Antonio, TX 78217
961Lebanon Seaboard Corporation, 1600 East Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA 17042
1386Universal Cooperatives Inc., 1300 Corporate Center Curve, Eagan, MN 55121
3546Lynwood Labs Inc., 945 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, MA 02192
7401Voluntary Purchasing Group Inc., 1806 Auburn Drive, Carrollton, TX 75007
8378Knox Fertilizer Company Inc., West Culver Road, P.O. Box 248, Knox, IN 46534
8780Progressive Lawn Research, Inc., 1225 Lehigh Station Road, P.O. Box 400, Henrietta, NY 14467
8845Spectrum Group, P.O. Box 142642, St. Louis, MO 63114
9198The Andersons Lawn Fertilizer Division, Inc., P.O. Box 119, Maumee, OH 43537
9688Chemsico, P.O. Box 142642, St. Louis, MO 63114
10404Lesco Inc., 15885 Sprague Road, Strongsville, OH 44136
19713Drexel Chemical Company, 1700 Channel Avenue, P.O. Box 13327, Memphis, TN 38113
28293Unicorn Laboratories, 12385 Automobile Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33762
32802Howard Johnson's Enterprises Inc., 700 West Virginia Street, Suite 222, Milwaukee, WI 53204
33955PBI/Gordon Corporation, P.O. Box 014090, Kansas City, MO 64101
34704Platte Chemical Company, Inc., P.O. Box 667, Greeley, CO 80632
34911Hi-Yield Chemical Company, 1806 Auburn Drive, Carrollton, TX 75007
40849Enforcer Products, 1310 Seaboard Industrial Boulevard, NW Atlanta, GA 30318
42057Morgro Chemical Company, 145 West Central Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84107
51036Micro-Flo Company LLC, P.O. Box 772099, Memphis, TN 38117
53883Control Solutions, Inc., 5903 Genoa-Red Bluff, Pasadena, TX 77507
56819Progressive Lawn Research Inc. C/O High Point Mills Road, P.O. Box 400, Henrietta, NY 14467
59144Gro Tec Inc., 30856 Rocky Road, Greeley, CO 80631
61282Hacco, Inc., P.O. Box 7190, Madison, WI 53707
62366The Valspar Corporation, 30856 Rocky Road, Greeley, CO 80631
67572Contract Packaging Inc., 10115 Highway 142, North Covington, GA 30014
75082Supreme Chemicals of Georgia, Inc., 1535 Oak Industrial Lane, Suite B, Cummings, GA 30041

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. After complying with the requirements in 6(f)(1), the Administrator may approve such a request.

IV. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks

The Agency intends to issue a cancellation order following consideration of all comments received during the comment period, unless the comments warrant further review of this request. Any cancellation order issued in response to this request will have an effective date of December 31, 2004.

Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products which are currently in the United States and which have been packaged, labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the cancellation action. As noted above, the companies listed in Table 2 in Unit II., have agreed to stop shipment of all diazinon outdoor non-agricultural end-use products no later than August 31, 2003. In accordance with the MOA, all companies holding Start Printed Page 68901registrations for outdoor non-agricultural end-use diazinon products agreed to the following existing stocks provisions:

1. Sale and distribution of these outdoor non-agricultural end-use products containing diazinon will not be permitted after December 31, 2004. Except for purposes of product recovery pursuant to the 2000 MOA, shipping such stocks for export consistent with the requirements of FIFRA section 17, or proper disposal in accordance with applicable law.

2. Use of existing stocks may continue until stocks are exhausted. Any such use must be in accordance with the label.

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Dated: November 18, 2003.

 Betty Shackleford,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-30271 Filed 12-9-03; 8:45 am]

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