Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This notice announces the availability of EPA's final registration review decision for the pesticide, methamidophos, case 0043. Registration review is EPA's periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide's registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For pesticide specific information, contact: K. Avivah Jakob, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-1328; fax number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information on the registration review program, contact: Kevin Costello, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-5026; fax number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: costello.kevin @epa.gov.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, farm worker, and agricultural advocates; the chemical industry; pesticide users; and members of the public interested in the sale, distribution, or use of pesticides. Since others also may 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 pesticide specific contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
B. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?
EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0842. 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 Office of Pesticide Programs (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.
A. What action is the agency taking?
Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.58(c), this notice announces the availability of EPA's final registration review decision for methamidophos, case 0043. Methamidophos is a restricted use organophosphate insecticide, that as of 2009 was registered for use on potato, cotton, tomato, and alfalfa grown for seed. However, in 2009, the sole methamidophos registrant, Bayer CropScience, informed the Agency that they were requesting to voluntarily cancel all of their remaining methamidophos product registrations. Following publication of a Federal Register notice announcing receipt of those requests and the completion of the corresponding public comment period, the Agency issued the product cancellation order on September 23, 2009, for all methamidophos product registrations. Details of the cancellation dates can be found in the Methamidophos Registration Review Decision document.
Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.57, a registration review decision is the Agency's determination whether a pesticide meets, or does not meet, the standard for registration in FIFRA. EPA has considered methamidophos in light of the FIFRA standard for registration and has concluded the methamidophos registration review. No further action is needed as all registrations of methamidophos have been cancelled. The Methamidophos Final Decision document in the docket describes the Agency's rationale for issuing a registration review final decision for this pesticide.
In addition to the final registration review decision document, the registration review docket for methamidophos also includes other relevant documents related to the registration review of this case. The proposed registration review decision was posted to the docket and the public was invited to submit any comments or new information. During the 60-day comment period, no public comments were received.
Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.58(c), the registration review case docket for methamidophos will remain open until all actions required in the final decision have been completed.
Background on the registration review program is provided at: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review. Links to earlier documents related to the registration review of this pesticide are provided at: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/methamidophos/index.htm.
B. What is the agency's authority for taking this action?
Section 3(g) of FIFRA and 40 CFR part 155, subpart C, provide authority for this action.Start List of Subjects Start Printed Page 64726
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Dated: October 14, 2010.
Richard P. Keigwin, Jr.,
Director, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2010-26453 Filed 10-19-10; 8:45 am]
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