Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This notice announces the availability of EPA's Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide endothall. The Agency's risk assessments and other related documents also are available in the endothall Docket. Endothall is used as an aquatic herbicide to control submerged aquatic vegetation and algae in lakes, ponds, and irrigation canals and is used as a desiccant on cotton, hops, potatoes, and seed production for alfalfa and clover. Endothall is also used as a biocide to control mollusks in cooling towers/systems. Endothall is applied as either a dipotassium salt or an N, N-dimethylalkylamine salt. The endothall acid is not directly applied to use sites; it is formed as a break-down product resulting from application of the salt forms. The amine salt is the only form applied terrestrially, while both the dipotassium and amine salt are applied to aquatic use sites. EPA has reviewed endothall through the public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Anne Overstreet, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Start Printed Page 61817Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8068; fax number: (703) 308-8005; 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, and may be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders including environmental, human health, and agricultural advocates; the chemical industry; pesticide users; and members of the public interested in the sale, distribution, or use of pesticides. Since others 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-2005-0370. 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, 1801 S. Bell St., 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. 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.
A. What Action is the Agency Taking?
Under section 4 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is reevaluating existing pesticides to ensure that they meet current scientific and regulatory standards. EPA has completed a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for the pesticide, endothall under section 4(g)(2)(A) of FIFRA. Endothall is a dicarboxylic acid used as an aquatic herbicide to control submerged aquatic vegetation and algae in lakes, ponds, and irrigation canals and is used as a desiccant on cotton, hops, potatoes, and seed production for alfalfa and clover. Endothall is also used as a biocide to control mollusks in cooling towers/systems. Endothall is applied as either a dipotassium salt or an N, N-dimethylalkylamine salt. The endothall acid is not directly applied to use sites, it is formed as a break-down product resulting from application of the salt forms. The amine salt is the only form applied terrestrially, while both the dipotassium and anime salt are applied to aquatic use sites. EPA has determined that the data base to support reregistration is substantially complete and that products containing endothall are eligible for reregistration, provided the risks are mitigated in the manner described in the RED. Upon submission of any required product-specific data under section 4(g)(2)(B) and any necessary changes to the registration and labeling (either to address concerns identified in the RED or as a result of product-specific data), EPA will make a final reregistration decision under section 4(g)(2)(C) for products containing endothall.
EPA must review tolerances and tolerance exemptions that were in effect when the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) was enacted in August 1996, to ensure that these existing pesticide residue limits for food and feed commodities meet the safety standard established by the new law. Tolerances are considered reassessed once the safety finding has been made or a revocation occurs. EPA has reviewed and made the requisite safety finding for the endothall tolerances included in this notice.
EPA is applying the principles of public participation to all pesticides undergoing reregistration and tolerance reassessment. The Agency's Pesticide Tolerance Reassessment and Reregistration; Public Participation Process, published in the Federal Register on May 14, 2004 (69 FR 26819) (FRL-7357-9), explains that in conducting these programs, EPA is tailoring its public participation process to be commensurate with the level of risk, extent of use, complexity of issues, and degree of public concern associated with each pesticide. Due to its uses, risks, and other factors, endothall was reviewed through the modified 4-Phase process. Through this process, EPA worked extensively with stakeholders and the public to reach the regulatory decisions for endothall.
The reregistration program is being conducted under Congressionally mandated time frames, and EPA recognizes the need both to make timely decisions and to involve the public. The Agency is not holding a comment period for the endothall RED because all issues related to this pesticide were resolved through consultations with stakeholders.
B. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?
Section 4(g)(2) of FIFRA as amended directs that, after submission of all data concerning a pesticide active ingredient, “the Administrator shall determine whether pesticides containing such active ingredient are eligible for reregistration,” before calling in product-specific data on individual end-use products and either reregistering products or taking other “appropriate regulatory action.”
Section 408(q) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 21 Start Printed Page 61818U.S.C. 346a(q), requires EPA to review tolerances and exemptions for pesticide residues in effect as of August 2, 1996, to determine whether the tolerance or exemption meets the requirements of section 408(b)(2) or (c)(2) of FFDCA. This review is to be completed by August 3, 2006.Start List of Subjects
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Dated: September 26. 2005.
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 05-21366 Filed 10-25-05; 8:45 am]
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