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Sethoxydim; Pesticide Tolerance Technical Amendment

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Final rule; technical amendment.


EPA issued an amendment establishing tolerances for combined residues of sethoxydim; 2-[1-(ethoxyimino)butyl]-5-[2-(ethylthio)propyl]-3-hydroxy-2-cyclohexen-1-one; and its metabolites containing the 2-cyclohexen-1-one moiety (calculated as sethoxydim) in or on buckwheat grain, buckwheat flour, okra, borage seed, borage meal, fresh Start Printed Page 63993dillweed leaves, radish tops, turnip greens, and vegetable, root and tuber, group 1 (72 FR 8916, February 28, 2007). The tolerances were requested by Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). Because of a technical error with the structure of the regulatory table, the amendments adding new commodities to the sethoxydim tolerances could not be made. This technical amendment is being issued to correctly show the content of § 180.412(a).


This final rule is effective November 14, 2007.


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Barbara Madden, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-6463; e-mail address:

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I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

The Agency included in the final rule a list of those who may be potentially affected by this action. If you have questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How Can I Access Electronic Copies of this Document and Other Related Information?

In addition to using, you may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the “Federal Register” listings at​fedrgstr.

II. What Does this Technical Amendment Do?

In the Febrary 28, 2007 issue of the Federal Register, EPA issued an amendment establishing tolerances for combined residues of sethoxydim; 2-[1-(ethoxyimino)butyl]-5-[2-(ethylthio)propyl]-3-hydroxy-2-cyclohexen-1-one; and its metabolites containing the 2-cyclohexen-1-one moiety (calculated as sethoxydim) (72 FR 8916). The amendments removed the commodities: “Beet, garden'', “Beet, sugar, roots'',“Carrot, roots'' “Horseradish'', and “Tuberous and corm vegetablecrop subgroup''; and added borage, meal at 10 ppm; borage, seed at 6.0 ppm; buckwheat, flour at 25 ppm; buckwheat, grain at 19 ppm; dillweed, fresh leaves at 10; okra at 2.5 ppm; radish, tops at 4.5 ppm; turnip, greens at 5.0 ppm, and vegetable, root and tuber, group 1 at 4.0 ppm to the table in § 180.412(a). The tolerances were requested by Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). The Office of Federal Register removed those commodities that were designated for removal; however, because of a technical problem with the structure of the table as it appeared in the February 28, 2007 amendment to § 180.412(a), the Office of the Federal Register could not incorporate those commodities that were added. This technical amendment is being issued to correctly promulgate and show the content of § 180.412(a).

II. Why is this Technical Amendment Issued as a Final Rule?

Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), provides that, when an Agency for good cause finds that notice and public procedure are impracticable, unnecessary or contrary to the public interest, the Agency may issue a final rule without providing notice and an opportunity for public comment. EPA has determined that there is good cause for making this technical amendment final without prior proposal and opportunity for comment, because the use of notice and comment procedures are unnecessary to effectuate this technical amendment. EPA finds that this constitutes good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B).

IV. Do Any of the Statutory and Executive Order Reviews Apply to this Action?

No. This action is a technical amendment to a previously published final rule and does not impose any new requirements. EPA's compliance with the statutes and Executive Order for the underlying rule is discussed in Unit VI. of the February 28, 2007, final rule (72 FR 8916).

V. Congressional Review Act

The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the Agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report 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: November 2, 2007.

Lois Rossi,

Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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1. The authority citation for part 180 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321(q), 346a and 371.

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2. In § 180.412, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows:

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Sethoxydim; tolerances for residues.

(a) General. Tolerances are established for combined residues of the Start Printed Page 63994herbicide 2-[1-(ethoxyimino)butyl]-5-[2-(ethylthio)propyl]-3-hydroxy-2-cyclohexen-1-one (CAS Reg. No. 74051-80-2) and its metabolites containing the 2-cyclohexen-1-one moiety (calculated as the herbicide) in or on the following commodities:

CommodityParts per million
Alfalfa, forage40.0
Alfalfa, hay40.0
Almond, hulls2.0
Apple, dry pomace0.8
Apple, wet pomace0.8
Bean, dry, seed20.0
Bean, forage15.0
Bean, hay50.0
Bean, succulent15.0
Beet, sugar, molasses10.0
Beet, sugar, tops3.0
Borage, meal10
Borage, seed6.0
Buckwheat, flour25
Buckwheat, grain19
Caneberry subgroup 13A5.0
Canola/rapeseed, meal40.0
Cattle, fat0.2
Cattle, meat0.2
Cattle, meat byproducts1.0
Cherry, sweet0.2
Cherry, tart0.2
Citrus, molasses1.5
Citrus, dried pulp1.5
Clover, forage35.0
Clover, hay50.0
Corn, field, grain0.5
Corn fodder2.5
Corn forage2.0
Corn, sweet, forage3.0
Corn, sweet, kernel plus cob with husks removed0.4
Corn, sweet, stover3.5
Cotton, seed, soapstock15
Cotton, undelinted seed5.0
Dillweed, fresh leaves10
Flax, meal7
Flax, seed5.0
Flax, straw2.0
Fruit, citrus0.5
Fruit, pome0.2
Goat, fat0.2
Goat, meat0.2
Goat, meat byproducts1.0
Grape, raisin2.0
Hog, fat0.2
Hog, meat0.2
Hog, meat byproducts1.0
Horse, fat0.2
Horse, meat0.2
Horse, meat byproducts1.0
Lentil, seed30.0
Nut, tree, group 140.2
Pea, dry, seed40.0
Pea, field, hay40.0
Pea, field, vines20.0
Peanut, soapstock75.0
Pea, succulent10.0
Peppermint, tops30.0
Potato, flakes8.0
Potato, granules8.0
Potato, processed potato waste8.0
Poultry, fat0.2
Poultry, meat0.2
Poultry, meat byproducts2.0
Radish, tops4.5
Sheep, fat0.2
Sheep, meat0.2
Sheep, meat byproducts1.0
Soybean, hay10.0
Spearmint, tops30.0
Sunflower, meal20.0
Sunflower, seed7.0
Tomato, concentrated products24
Tomato, dry pomace12.0
Turnip, greens5.0
Vegetable, brassica, leafy, group 55.0
Vegetable, bulb, group 31.0
Vegetable, cucurbit, group 94.0
Vegetable, fruiting, group 84.0
Vegetable, leafy, except brassica, group 44.0
Vegetable, root and tuger, group 14.0
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[FR Doc. E7-22220 Filed 11-13-07; 8:45 am]