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Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before August 8, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number and the pesticide petition number (PP) of interest, by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
  • Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

Instructions: Direct your comments to the assigned docket ID number and the pesticide petition number of interest. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or e-mail. The regulations.gov website is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available in regulations.gov. To access the electronic docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, select “Advanced Search,” then “Docket Search.” Insert the docket ID number where indicated and select the “Submit” button. Follow the instructions on the regulations.gov website to view the docket index or access available documents. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

The person listed at the end of the pesticide petition summary of interest.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

You may be potentially affected by this action if you are an agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Crop production (NAICS code 111).
  • Animal production (NAICS code 112).
  • Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311).
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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 at the end of the pesticide petition summary of interest.

B. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to EPA through regulations.gov or e-mail. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk or CD-ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.

2. Tips for preparing your comments. When submitting comments, remember to:

i. Identify the document by docket ID number and other identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number).

ii. Follow directions. The Agency may ask you to respond to specific questions or organize comments by referencing a Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part or section number.

iii. Explain why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and substitute language for your requested changes.

iv. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information and/or data that you used.

v. If you estimate potential costs or burdens, explain how you arrived at your estimate in sufficient detail to allow for it to be reproduced.

vi. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns and suggest alternatives.

vii. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of profanity or personal threats.

viii. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline identified.

II. Docket ID Numbers

When submitting comments, please use the docket ID number and the pesticide petition number of interest, as shown in the table.

PP NumberDocket ID Number
PP 8E7353EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0478
PP 8E7355EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0474
PP 8E7359EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0481
PP 8E7364EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0475
PP 7F7295EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0490
PP 1F6299EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-00275

III. What Action is the Agency Taking?

EPA is printing notice of the filing of pesticide petitions received under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 21 U.S.C. 346a, proposing the establishment or modification of regulations in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various food commodities. EPA has determined that the pesticide petitions described in this notice contain data or information regarding the elements set forth in FFDCA section 408(d)(2); however, EPA has not fully evaluated the sufficiency of the submitted data at this time or whether the data support granting of the pesticide petitions. Additional data may be needed before EPA rules on these pesticide petitions.

Pursuant to 40 CFR 180.7(f), a summary of each of the petitions included in this notice, prepared by the petitioner, is included in a docket EPA has created for each rulemaking. The docket for each of the petitions is available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov.

New Tolerances

1. PP 1F6299. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0275). Bayer CropScience, 2 T.W., Alexander Drive, P.O. Box 12014, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, proposes to establish a tolerance for residues of the herbicide iodosulfuron-methyl-sodium, methyl 4-iodo-2-[3-(4-methoxy-6-methyl-1,3,5-triazin-2-yl)-ureidosulfonyl]benzoate, sodium salt, in or on food commodities wheat, grain at 0.02 parts per million (ppm); wheat, forage at 0.06 ppm; wheat, straw at 0.05 ppm; and wheat, hay at 0.05 ppm. An enforcement procedure is available whereby extractable residues of iodosulfuron-methyl-sodium and AE F075736 are removed from crops by blending with acetonitrile. After blending, the extract is filtered, reduced in volume and partitioned with hexane to remove oils. The partially cleaned-up extract is evaporated to dryness under reduced pressure; dissolved in dichloromethane and further cleaned-up on a series of solid phase extraction columns, first, silica gel, then Bond Elut(tm) ENV, and finally on polyamide 6S. The extract is again concentrated to dryness and reconstituted in either 70/30 deionized water/acetonitrile for analysis by high pressure liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS), or in 50/50 deionized water/acetonitrile for analysis by HPLC/ultraviolet (HPLC/UV). Contact: Hope Johnson, telephone number: (703) 305-5410; e-mail address: johnson.hope@epa.gov.

2. PP 7F7295. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0490). Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27409, proposes to establish a tolerance for residues of the fungicide fludioxonil, 4-(2, 2-difluoro-1,3-benzodioxol-4-yl)-1H-pyrrole-3-carbonitrile, in or on food commodity raisins at 1.9 ppm. Syngenta has developed and validated analytical methodology for enforcement purposes. This method (Syngenta Crop Protection Method AG-597B) has passed an Agency petition method validation for several commodities, and is currently the enforcement method for fludioxonil. This method has also been forwarded to the Food and Drug Administration for inclusion into PAM II. An extensive database of method validation data using this method on various crop commodities is available. Contact: Lisa Jones, telephone number: (703) 308-9424; e-mail address: jones.lisa@epa.gov.

Amendment to Existing Tolerance

1. PP 8E7353. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0478). Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 08540, proposes to amend the tolerances in 40 CFR 180.518 for residues of the fungicide pyrimethanil, 4,6-dimethyl-N-phenyl-2-pyrimidinamine, in or on food commodities revising the existing tolerance for the fruit, stone, group 12, except cherry at 3.0 ppm to fruit, stone, group 12 at 10 ppm; and revising the tolerance designation for fruit, citrus, group 10 (postharvest) at 10 ppm by excluding lemons to read fruit, citrus, group 10, except lemons (postharvest) at 10 ppm. Also, adding a separate tolerance for lemon at 11.0 ppm. The plant metabolism studies indicated that analysis for the parent compound, pyrimethanil was sufficient to enable the assessment of the relevant residues in crop commodities. For the stone fruit group, peaches, plums, and sweet cherries were analyzed as representative Start Printed Page 39291crops. For peaches, plums, and sweet cherries pyrimethanil was extracted by homogenization with acetone, the extract acidified and washed with hexane and basified to enable solvent partition (ethyl acetate and hexane). Final clean-up was by silica SPE, with determination by gas chromatography with mass selective detection. The validated sensitivity of the method is 0.05 ppm for pyrimethanil, which allows for the detection and measurement of residues in or on stone fruits at or above the proposed tolerance level. Contact: Susan Stanton, telephone number: (703) 305-5218; e-mail address: stanton.susan@epa.gov.

New Exemption from Tolerances

1. PP 8E7355. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0474). Huntsman, 10003 Woodloch Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380; Dow AgroSciences L.L.C., 9330 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268; Nufarm Americas Inc., 150 Harvester Drive Suite 220, Burr Ridge, Illinois, 60527; BASF, 26 Davis Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; Stepan Company, 22 W. Frontage Road, Northfield, IL 60093; Loveland Products Inc., PO Box 1286, Greeley, CO 80632; and Rhodia Inc., CN 1500, Cranbury, New Jersey, 08512, proposes to amend 40 CFR part 180 by establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance under 40 CFR 180.920 for residues of ethylene glycol (CAS 107-21-1), diethylene glycol (CAS 111-46-6), diethylene glycol monoethyl ether (CAS 111-90-0), and diethylene glycol monobutyl ether (CAS 112-34-5) when used as a pesticide inert ingredient as a solvent, stabilizer and/or antifreeze within pesticide formulations/products. Because this petition is a request for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance, no analytical method is required. Contact: Karen Samek, telephone number: (703) 347-8825; e-mail address: samek.karen@epa.gov.

2. PP 8E7359. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0481). Dow AgroSciences, LLC; 9330 Zionsville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, proposes to amend 40 CFR part 180 by establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance under 40 CFR 180.910 for residues of N,N′-ethylenebis[N-(carboxymethyl)]glycine compound with 1,1′1′′-nitrilotripropan-2-ol (EDTA-TIPA)(CAS Reg. No. 67952-36-7) which is a salt comprised of triisopropanolamine (TIPA) (CAS Reg. No. 122-20-3) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) (CAS Reg. No. 60-00-4) when used as, but not limited to a sequestering or chelating agent as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations with limits: up to 5% of pesticide formulation. Per the EPA 2004 Memorandum on EDTA Tolerance Reassessment, EDTA and two other EDTA salts have already been exempted from tolerance under 40 CFR 180.910. It is also requested that the EDTA-TIPA salt be added to the approximately 20 or more EDTA compounds already approved for non-food pesticide applications. Because this petition is a request for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance without numerical limitations, no analytical method is required. Contact: Karen Samek, telephone number: (703) 347-8825; e-mail address: samek.karen@epa.gov.

3. PP 8E7364. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0475). Celanese Ltd., 1601 West LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX 75234, proposes to amend 40 CFR part 180 by establishing an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance under 40 CFR 180.960 for residues of acetic acid ethenyl ester, polymer with sodium 2-methyl-2-[(1-oxo-2-propene-1-yl) amino]-1-peropanesulfonate (1:1), hydrolyzed (CAS Reg. No. 924892-37-5) in or on food commodities when used as a pesticide inert ingredient in pesticide formulations. Because this petition is a request for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance without numerical limitations, no analytical method is required. Contact: Karen Samek, telephone number: (703) 347-8825; e-mail address: samek.karen@epa.gov.

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Dated: June 27, 2008.

Lois Rossi,

Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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[FR Doc. E8-15334 Filed 7-8-08; 8:45 am]

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