This notice announces EPA's receipt of an application 524-EUP-RNU from Monsanto Company requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for the plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) corn events with a double stranded RNA (dsRNA) transcript comprising a Dv49 inverted repeat sequence derived from Diabrotica virgifera, and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-ZMIR10871). These events are proposed for experimental use in combination with single and combined traits against lepidoptera and corn rootworm (CRW). The Agency has determined that the permit may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, EPA is seeking comments on this application.
Comments must be received on or before December 21, 2012.
Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0780, by one of the following methods:
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Shanaz Bacchus, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8097; email address: email@example.com.
I. General Information
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II. What action is the agency taking?
Under section 5 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136c, EPA can allow manufacturers to field test pesticides under development. Manufacturers are required to obtain an EUP before testing new pesticides or new uses of pesticides if they conduct experimental field tests on 10 acres or more of land or one acre or more of water.
In accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency has determined that the following EUP application may be of regional and national significance, and therefore is seeking public comment on the EUP application:
Submitter: Monsanto Company, (524-EUP-RNU).
Pesticide Chemical: Double stranded RNA (dsRNA) transcript comprising a Dv49 inverted repeat sequence derived from Diabrotica virgifera, and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-ZMIR10871).
Summary of Request: Monsanto is requesting a EUP for two years to test new PIP technology for control of corn rootworm (CRW), a major pest of corn in the United States (U.S.). Corn Events MON 87410 and 87411 express a double stranded RNA (dsRNA) transcript suppression cassette with an inverted repeat sequence, Dv49, obtained from Diabrotica virgifera. When PIP-produced Dv49 dsRNA is consumed by the pest, it down regulates the targeted pest's Snf7 gene, resulting in pest mortality.
As described in the application documents for 524-EUP-RNU in this docket, the PIP events comprising the single and combined trait products in this request include other registered PIP Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) proteins and either of the two new corn events MON 87410 and 87411. The Bt proteins to be used in the single or combination traits in the proposed EUP include Cry1A.105, Cry2Ab2, Cry IF, Vip3Aa20, Cry3Bb1, Cry34Abl/Cry35Abl and eCry3.1Ab. The environmental and human health safety of these proteins has been demonstrated, and they are exempted from the requirement of a tolerance (40 CFR 174.501, 174.502, 174.506, 174.518, 174.519, 174.520, 174.528, 174.532). A permanent tolerance exemption has been established for nucleic acids including the dsRNA that is part of the PIPs (40 CFR 174.507). Other marker proteins PAT, CP4 EPSPS, and PMI are also exempt from the requirement of a tolerance (40 CFR 174.522, 174.523, 174.527).
The tests will be conducted in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico and in the U.S. in twenty two (22) states as follows: Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), Nebraska (NE), North Carolina (NC), Ohio (OH), Pennsylvania (PA), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Wisconsin (WI).
The two protocols in the EUP include: (1) Seed development and increase for future testing including nursery observations of traits in various genetic backgrounds; and (2) product characterization work including phenotypic and agronomic observations, efficacy, yield benefit evaluations and regulatory data generation.
A copy of the application and any information submitted is available for public review in the docket established for this EUP application.
Following the review of the application and any comments and data received in response to this solicitation, EPA will decide whether to issue or deny the EUP request, and if issued, the conditions under which it is to be conducted. Any issuance of an EUP will be announced in the Federal Register.
List of Subjects
Environmental protection, Experimental use permits.
Dated: November 8, 2012,
Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-28215 Filed 11-20-12; 8:45 am]
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