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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 January 14, 2011.

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 Start Printed Page 78241pesticide 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 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.

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 OE7788. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0865). BASF Corporation, P.O. Box 13528, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the herbicide tepraloxydim, (2-[1-[[[(2 E)-3-chloro-2-propenyl]oxy]imino]propyl]-3-hydroxy-5-(tetrahydro-2 H-pyran-4-yl)-cyclohexene-1-one) and its metabolites convertible to GP (3- (tetrahydropyran-4-yl)pentane-1,5-dioic acid) and OH-GP (3-hydroxy-3-(tetrahydropyran-4-yl)pentane-1,5-dioic acid), calculated as tepraloxydim, in or on pea and bean, dried shelled, except soybean, subgroup 6C at 0.10 parts per million (ppm); and sunflower, subgroup 20B at 0.25 ppm for imported commodities. The analytical method involves extraction, concentration, precipitation, centrifugation/filtration, oxidation, partition, and clean-up. Samples are then analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) (selected ion monitoring). The limit of quantitation (LOQ) is 0.05 ppm for each analyte, parent and metabolite. Contact: Susan Stanton, (703) 305-5218; e-mail address: stanton.susan@epa.gov.

2. PP 0E7772. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0879). Cheminova A/S, c/o Cheminova, Inc., 1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22209-2510, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide flutriafol, [(±)-α-(2-fluorophenyl)-α-(4-fluorophenyl)-1 H-1,2,4-triazole-1-ethanol], including its metabolites and degradates, in or on banana, whole (import tolerance) at 0.50 ppm. Adequate enforcement analytical methods for determining flutriafol in or on appropriate raw agricultural commodities and processed commodities are available for the established and proposed tolerances. Contact: Tamue L. Gibson, (703) 305-9096; e-mail address: gibson.tamue@epa.gov.

3. PP 0F7737. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0864). Isagro S.p.A., 430 Davis Drive, Suite 240, Morrisville, NC 27560, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide tetraconazole, 1-[2-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-3-(1,1,2,2-tetrafluoroethoxy)propyl]-1 H-1,2,4-triazole, in or on corn; field, forage; field, grain; field, stover; pop, grain; and pop, stover at 1.0, 0.01, 1.5, 0.01 and 1.5 ppm, respectively. Adequate enforcement methodology (capillary gas chromatography with electron capture detector (GC/ECD)) is available to enforce the tolerance expression. An Start Printed Page 78242additional new enforcement method using liquid chromatography/MS/MS (LC/MS/MS) detection has been submitted to the Agency. Contact: Lisa Jones, (703) 308-9424; e-mail address: jones.lisa@epa.gov.

4. PP 0F7750. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0845). Bayer CropScience, 2 T.W. Alexander Dr., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for the combined residues of the herbicide isoxaflutole, 5-cyclopropyl-4-(2-methylsulfonyl-4-trifluoromethylbenzoyl) isoxazole and its metabolite 1-(2-methylsulfonyl-4-trifluoromethylphenyl)-2-cyano-3-cyclopropyl propane-1,3-dione (RPA 202248), calculated as the parent compound, in or on soybean at 0.05 ppm; and soybean, aspirated grain fractions at 0.25 ppm. Bayer CropScience has submitted a method description and validation for an LC/MS/MS (CAL study #019-03) for use in corn and rotational crops. This method is the proposed enforcement method for all crops. A modification of this method, IS-004-P10-02, was developed and validated for use in soybean field trials. Contact: James M. Stone, (703) 305-7391; e-mail address: stone.james@epa.gov.

5. PP 0F7764. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0866). Bayer CropScience, 2 T.W. Alexander Dr., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide fenamidone, (4 H-Imidazol-4-one, 3,5-dihydro-5-methyl-2-(methylthio)-5-phenyl-3 (phenylamino)-, (S)-), in or on grain, cereal, group 15 (except rice) at 0.1 ppm; grain, forage, group16 (except rice) at 0.3 ppm; and grain, stover, group 16 (except rice) at 0.5 ppm. Although residue levels approaching the proposed tolerances are unlikely, independently validated enforcement methods LC/MS/MS are available for determining residues of fenamidone and relevant metabolites in rotational crops. Contact: RoseMary Kearns, (703) 305-5611; e-mail address: kearns.rosemary@epa.gov.

6. PP 0F7768. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0849). 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 herbicide fluazifop-p-butyl, butyl(R)-2-[4-[[5-(trifluoromethyl)-2-pyridinyl]oxy]phenoxy]propanoate, and the free and conjugated forms of the resolved isomer of fluazifop, (R)-2-[4-[[5-(trifluoromethyl)-2-pyridinyl]oxy]phenoxy]propanoic acid, expressed as fluazifop, in or on cotton, undelinted seed at 0.9 ppm; and cotton, gin byproducts at 0.8 ppm. Syngenta has developed and validated analytical methodology for enforcement purposes. An extensive database of method validation data using this method on various crop commodities is available. Contact: James M. Stone, (703) 305-7391; e-mail address: stone.james@epa.gov.

7. PP 0F7770. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0876). Cheminova A/S, c/o Cheminova, Inc., 1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22209-2510, proposes to establish rotational crop tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for the indirect or inadvertent residues of the fungicide flutriafol, [(±)-α-(2-fluorophenyl)-α-(4-fluorophenyl)-1 H-1,2,4-triazole-1-ethanol], including its metabolites and degradates, in or on sweet corn, field corn and cotton raw agricultural commodities (corn, sweet, forage at 0.05 ppm; corn, sweet, stover at 0.09 ppm; corn, sweet, kernels plus cob with husks removed at 0.01 ppm; corn, field, forage at 0.10 ppm; corn, field, stover at 0.07 ppm; corn, field, grain at 0.01 ppm; cotton, undelinted seed at 0.01 ppm; and cotton, gin byproducts at 0.05 ppm) grown in fields previously planted with soybeans that were treated with flutriafol. Residues of flutriafol in sweet corn, field corn and cotton raw agricultural commodity products can be determined by GC with mass selective detection (GC/MSD). The method was validated for determination of residues of flutriafol in sweet corn, field corn and cotton raw agricultural commodities. Residues of flutriafol in animal matrices can be determined by GC/MSD. The method was validated for determination of residues of flutriafol in milk, muscle, kidney, liver and egg. Contact: Tamue L. Gibson, (703) 305-9096; e-mail address: gibson.tamue@epa.gov.

8. PP 0F7771. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0875). Cheminova A/S, c/o Cheminova, Inc., 1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22209-2510, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide flutriafol, [(±)-α-(2-fluorophenyl)-α-(4-fluorophenyl)-1 H-1,2,4-triazole-1-ethanol], including its metabolites and degradates, in or on corn, field, forage at 4.0 ppm; corn, field, stover at 6.0 ppm; corn, field, grain at 0.01 ppm; corn, field, flour at 0.03 ppm; corn, field, oil at 0.07 ppm; corn, field, meal at 0.03 ppm; corn, pop, stover at 6.0 ppm; corn, pop, grain at 0.01 ppm; grape at 1.1 ppm; grape, raisin at 2.5 ppm; peanut at 0.08 ppm; peanut, hay at 18 ppm; fruit, pome (Crop Group 11) at 0.60 ppm; fruit, stone (Crop Group 12) at 0.80 ppm; beet, sugar, root at 1.5 ppm; beet, sugar, tops at 2.5 ppm; beet, sugar, refined at 0.70 ppm; beet, sugar, molasses at 1.0 ppm; beet, sugar, dried pulp at 1.0 ppm; wheat, forage at 25 ppm; wheat, hay at 9.0 ppm; wheat, straw at 6.0 ppm; wheat, grain at 0.15 ppm; wheat, grain, bran at 0.20 ppm; wheat, grain, germ at 0.20 ppm; barley, hay at 9.0 ppm; barley, straw at 6.0 ppm; barley, grain at 0.15 ppm; barley, grain, bran at 0.20 ppm; buckwheat, grain at 0.15 ppm; oats, forage at 25 ppm; oats, hay at 9.0 ppm; oats, straw at 6.0 ppm; oats, grain at 0.15 ppm; oats, grain, bran at 0.20 ppm; rye, forage at 25 ppm; rye, straw at 6.0 ppm; rye, grain at 0.15 ppm; cattle, liver at 0.12 ppm; goat, liver at 0.12 ppm; horse, liver at 0.12 ppm; sheep, liver at 0.12 ppm; and milk at 0.02 ppm. The proposed tolerance for fruit, pome, which is based on new field trial data for pears and previously submitted data for apples, will replace the current tolerance for apples at 0.20 ppm. Adequate enforcement analytical methods for determining flutriafol in/on appropriate raw agricultural commodities and processed commodities are available for the established and proposed tolerances. Contact: Tamue L. Gibson, (703) 305-9096; e-mail address: gibson.tamue@epa.gov.

9. PP 0F7773. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0916). Gowan Company, 370 South Main Street, Yuma, AZ 85364, proposes to amend 40 CFR 180.448 for residues of the insecticide hexythiazox (trans-5-(4-chlorophenyl)-N-cyclohexyl-4-methyl-2-oxothiazolidine-3-carboxamide) and its metabolites containing the (4-chlorophenyl)-4-methyl-2-oxo-3-thiazolidine moiety, by establishing a tolerance in or on grain, aspirated fractions at 0.5 ppm; removing the geographical restriction for the existing tolerances for hexythiazox on corn, field, forage; corn, field, grain; and corn, field, stover; and increasing the tolerance for corn, field, stover from 2.5 ppm to 6.0 ppm. A practical analytical method, high pressure liquid chromatography with a ultraviolet (UV) detector, which detects and measures residues of hexythiazox and its metabolites as a common moiety, is available for enforcement purposes. Contact: Olga Odiott, (703) 308-9369; e-mail address: odiott.olga@epa.gov.

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Dated: December 6, 2010.

Lois Rossi,

Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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