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Notice of Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed 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 Agency's receipt of several initial filings 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 September 3, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number and the pesticide petition number (PP) of interest as shown in the body of this document, 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 Facility'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 docket ID number and the pesticide petition number of interest as shown in the body of this document. 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 at http://www.regulations.gov. 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 form. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket 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:

A contact person, with telephone number and e-mail address, is listed at the end of each pesticide petition summary. You may also reach each contact person by mail at Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

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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).
  • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532).

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 Start Printed Page 46925your 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.

3. Environmental justice. EPA seeks to achieve environmental justice, the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of any group, including minority and/or low-income populations, in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. To help address potential environmental justice issues, the Agency seeks information on any groups or segments of the population who, as a result of their location, cultural practices, or other factors, may have atypical or disproportionately high and adverse human health impacts or environmental effects from exposure to the pesticides discussed in this document, compared to the general population.

II. What Action is the Agency Taking?

EPA is announcing its receipt of several pesticide petitions filed 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 174 or 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 the data or information prescribed 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 can make a final determination on these pesticide petitions.

Pursuant to 40 CFR 180.7(f), a summary of each of the petitions that are the subject of 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.

As specified in FFDCA section 408(d)(3), (21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(3)), EPA is publishing notice of the petition so that the public has an opportunity to comment on this request for the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticides in or on food commodities. Further information on the petition may be obtained through the petition summary referenced in this unit.

New Tolerances

1. PP 0E7717. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0472). IR-4 Project, Rutgers, The State University of NJ, 500 College Rd. East, Suite 201 W, Princeton, NJ 08540, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the insecticide zeta-cypermethrin, in or on pistachio at 0.05 parts per million (ppm), artichoke, globe at 0.80 ppm; barley, grain at 1.7 ppm; barley, hay at 5.0 ppm; barley, straw at 19.0 ppm; buckwheat, grain at 1.7 ppm; buckwheat, hay at 5.0 ppm; buckwheat, straw at 19.0 ppm; oat, grain at 1.7 ppm; oat, hay at 5.0 ppm; oat, straw at 19.0 ppm; rye, grain at 1.7 ppm; rye, hay at 5.0 ppm; and rye, straw at 19.0 ppm. There is a practical analytical method for detecting and measuring levels of cypermethrin in or on food with a limit of detection that allows monitoring of food with residues at or above the levels set in these tolerances (Gas Chromatography with Electron Capture Detection) (GC/ECD). Contact: Andrew Ertman, (703) 308-9367, e-mail address: ertman.andrew@epa.gov.

2. PP 0F7719. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0526). Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the plant growth regulator, trinexapac-ethyl: 4-(cyclopropyl-α-hydroxy-methylene)-3,5-dioxo-cyclohexanecarboxylic acid ethyl ester expressed as its primary metabolite CGA-179500: 4-(cyclopropyl-α-hydroxy-methylene)-3,5-dioxo-cyclohexanecarboxylic acid, in or on grass, forage, grown for seed at 1.60 ppm; grass, hay, grown for seed at 3.5 ppm; grass, seed screenings, grown for seed at 45.0 ppm; grass, straw, grown for seed at 12 ppm; cattle, fat at 0.05 ppm; cattle, meat at 0.05 ppm; cattle, meat byproducts at 0.05 ppm; goat, fat at 0.05 ppm; goat, meat at 0.05 ppm; goat, meat byproducts at 0.05 ppm; horse, fat at 0.05 ppm; horse, meat at 0.05 ppm; horse, meat byproducts at 0.05 ppm; sheep, fat at 0.05 ppm; sheep, meat at 0.05 ppm; sheep, meat byproducts at 0.05 ppm. Syngenta Crop Protection is submitting Analytical Method GRM020.01A for the Determination of Residues of Trinexapac-ethyl as CGA-179500 in Crops by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) for detecting and measuring levels of trinexapac-ethyl expressed as its major metabolite CGA-179500, in or on food with a limit of quantitation (LOQ) that allows monitoring of food with residues at or above the levels set in the proposed tolerances. The LOQ for CGA-179500 is 0.01 ppm for all matrices. Syngenta Crop Protection is also submitting Analytical Method REM 137.14 for the Determination of Residues of Trinexapac Acid (CGA 179500) in Animal Matrices. The LOQ has been set at 0.01 milligrams/kilogram (mg/kg) with final analysis by LC-MS/MS for egg, kidney, liver, muscle and fat. The LOQ has been set at 0.005 mg/kg for LC-MS/MS determination for milk. Contact: Bethany Benbow, (703) 347-8072, e-mail address: benbow.bethany@epa.gov.

3. PP 0F7720. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0524). Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the plant growth regulator, trinexapac-ethyl: 4-(cyclopropyl-α-hydroxy-methylene)-3,5-dioxo-cyclohexanecarboxylic acid ethyl ester expressed as its primary metabolite CGA-179500: 4-(cyclopropyl-α-hydroxy-methylene)-3,5-dioxo-cyclohexanecarboxylic acid, in or on barley, grain at 1.6 ppm; barley, hay at 0.7 ppm; barley, straw at 0.35 ppm; cattle, kidney at 0.05 ppm; hog, kidney at 0.05 ppm; sugarcane, cane at 0.8 ppm; oat, forage at 1.0 ppm; oat, grain at 4.1 ppm; oat, hay at 1.3 ppm; oat, straw at 0.7 ppm; wheat, forage at 1.0 ppm; wheat, grain at 4.1 ppm; wheat, hay at 1.3 ppm; and wheat, straw at 0.7 ppm. Syngenta Crop Protection is submitting Analytical Method GRM020.01A for the Determination of Residues of Trinexapac-ethyl as CGA-179500 in Crops by LC-MS/MS for detecting and measuring levels of trinexapac-ethyl expressed as its major metabolite CGA-179500, in or on food with a LOQ that allows monitoring of food with residues at or above the levels set in the proposed tolerances. Method validation data using this method on various crop commodities is presented in the validation study. The LOQ for CGA-179500 is 0.01 ppm for all matrices. Syngenta Crop Protection is also submitting Analytical Method REM 137.14 for the Determination of Residues of Trinexapac Acid (CGA 179500) in Animal Matrices. The LOQ has been set at 0.01 mg/kg with final analysis by LC-MS/MS for egg, kidney, liver, muscle, and fat. The limit of quantification has been set at 0.005 mg/kg for LC-MS/MS determination for milk. Contact: Bethany Benbow, (703) 347-8072, e-mail address: benbow.bethany@epa.gov.

4. PP 0F7725. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0496). Monsanto Company, 1300 I St., NW., Suite 450 East, Washington DC 20052, proposes to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the Start Printed Page 46926herbicide dicamba (3,6-dichloro-o-anisic and its metabolites 3,6-dichloro-5-hydroxy-o-anisic acid (5-OH dicamba) and 3,6-dichloro-2-hydroxybenzoic acid (DCSA), in or on soybean, forage at 45 ppm and soybean, hay at 70 ppm. Adequate enforcement methods are available for the analysis of residues of dicamba and its relevant metabolites in or on plant and livestock commodities. Pesticide Analytical Manual (PAM) Vol. II lists appropriate analytical methods based on GC/ECD, that are sufficient to provide for the enforcement of proposed dicamba tolerances in soybean forage and hay. Contact: Michael Walsh, (703) 308-2972, e-mail address: walsh.michael@epa.gov.

5. PP 9F7666. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0494). ISK Biosciences Corporation, 7470 Auburn Rd., Suite A, Concord, OH 44077, proposes to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the herbicide flazasulfuron, N-[[(4,6-dimethoxy-2-pyrimidinyl)amino]carbonyl]-3-(trifluoromethyl)-2-pyridinesulfonamide, in or on fruit, citrus, group 10 at 0.01 ppm; grapes at 0.01 ppm; and sugarcane at 0.01 ppm. A practical analytical method for flazasulfuron and metabolite 1-(4,6-dimethoxypyridin-2-yl)-1-(3-trifluoromethyl-2-pyridyl)urea (DTPU) using LC-MS/MS is available for enforcement purposes. The limit of detection (LOD) is 0.003 ppm. Contact: Hope Johnson, (703) 305-5410, e-mail address: johnson.hope@epa.gov.

6. PP 9F7676. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0296). Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, proposes to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide difenoconazole, (1-[2-[2-chloro-4-(4-chlorophenoxy)phenyl]-4-methyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-ylmethyl]-1H-1,2,4-triazole), in or on carrot at 0.45 ppm; chickpeas at 0.05 ppm; fruits, stone, group 12 at 2.5 ppm; soybean, seed at 0.2 ppm; soybean, aspirated grain fraction at 95 ppm; strawberry at 2.5 ppm; and turnip, greens at 35 ppm. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. has submitted a practical analytical method (AG-575B) for detecting and measuring levels of difenoconazole in or on food with a LOQ that allows monitoring of food residues at or above the levels set in the proposed tolerances. Residues are qualified by LC-MS/MS. Contact: Rose Mary Kearns, (703) 305-5611, e-mail address: kearns.rosemary@epa.gov.

Amended Tolerance

PP 9F7676. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0296). Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, proposes to amend the tolerance in 40 CFR 180.475 for residues of the fungicide difenoconazole, (1-[2-[2-chloro-4-(4-chlorophenoxy)phenyl]-4-methyl-1,3-dioxolan-2-ylmethyl]-1H-1,2,4-triazole) by increasing the existing tolerance in or on milk from 0.01 ppm to 0.08 ppm. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. has submitted a practical analytical method (AG-575B) for detecting and measuring levels of difenoconazole in or on food with a LOQ that allows monitoring of food residues at or above the levels set in the proposed tolerances. Residues are qualified by LC-MS/MS. Contact: Rose Mary Kearns, (703) 305-5611, e-mail address: kearns.rosemary@epa.gov.

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Dated: July 23, 2010.

Lois Rossi,

Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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