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Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the EPA's receipt of an application 62719-EUP-AA from Dow AgroSciences LLC, requesting an experimental use permit (EUP). The EPA has determined that the permit may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, the EPA is seeking comments on this application.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before December 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0521, by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.
  • Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
  • Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/​dockets/​contacts.html. Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/​dockets.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Robert McNally, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; main telephone Start Printed Page 68238number: (703) 305-7090; email address: BPPDFRNotices@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

This action is directed to the public in general. Although this action may be of particular interest to those persons who conduct or sponsor research on pesticides, the EPA has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action.

B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for the EPA?

1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to the EPA through regulations.gov or email. 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 the 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 preparing and submitting your comments, see the commenting tips at http://www.epa.gov/​dockets/​comments.html.

3. Environmental justice. The 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 EPA 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 EPA taking?

Under section 5 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136c, the 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.

Pursuant to 40 CFR 172.11(a), the EPA 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: Dow AgroSciences LLC, (62719-EUP-AA).

Pesticide Chemicals: (1) Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A.105 and Cry2Ab2 proteins and the genetic material necessary for their production (vector PV-ZMIR245) in corn event MON 89034 (OECD Unique Identifier: MON-89-34-3), (2) Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-ZMIR39) in corn event MON 88017 (OECD Unique Identifier: MON-88-17-3), (3) Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1F protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PHP8999) in corn event TC1507 (OECD Unique Identifier: DAS-15-7-1), (4) Bacillus thuringiensis Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins and the genetic material necessary for their production (vector PHP17662) in corn event DAS-59122-7 (OECD Unique Identifier: DAS-59122-7), and/or (5) Double-stranded ribonucleic acid (dsRNA) transcript comprising a DvSnf7 inverted repeat sequence derived from western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) and Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and the genetic material necessary for their production (vector PV-ZMIR10871) in corn event MON 87411 (OECD Unique Identifier: MON-87411-9).

Summary of Request: Dow AgroSciences LLC, is proposing to test MON 87411, a new plant-incorporated protectant (PIP) technology, alone and in combination with other PIPs in corn to generate data and information that is intended to support future PIP registration applications (e.g., PIPs with multiple modes of action against corn rootworm and/or lepidopteran corn pests). Dow AgroSciences LLC's proposed experimental program would begin on January 1, 2015, and go until March 31, 2016; would take place on 9,038 acres in Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin; and would use 8,720.37 grams of active ingredient. Trial protocols will concentrate on seed development for future testing, nursery observations of PIPs in various genetic backgrounds, phenotypic and agronomic observations, efficacy and yield benefits, and regulatory studies.

Following the review of the application and any comments and data received in response to this solicitation, the 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.

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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.

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Dated: October 24, 2014.

Robert McNally,

Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2014-26867 Filed 11-13-14; 8:45 am]

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