[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 188 (Wednesday, September 30, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50201-50202]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-23218]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0509; FRL-8435-1]


Pseudomonas syringae; Registration Review Final Decision; Notice 
of Availability

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's final 
registration review decision for the pesticide Pseudomonas syringae, 
case 6007. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For pesticide specific information, 
contact: Susanne Cerrelli, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention 
Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8077; fax number: (703) 308-7026; e-
mail address: cerrelli.susanne@epa.gov.
    For general information on the registration review program, 
contact: Kevin Costello, Special Review and Reregistration 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY 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?

    1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under 
docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0509. Publicly 
available

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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.
    2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document 
electronically through the EPA Internet under the ``Federal Register'' 
listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr.

II. Background

A. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    In accordance with 40 CFR 155.58(c), this notice announces the 
availability of EPA's final registration review decision for 
Pseudomonas syringae, case 6007. The Registration Review Case for 
Pseudomonas syringae was composed of the following Active Ingredients:
     Pseudomonas syringae strains ESC-10 and ESC-11 (PC Codes 006441 
and 006451) are microbial pesticides that are used to control various 
molds and rots on harvested apples, cherries, pears, lemons, oranges, 
grapefruit, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
     Pseudomonas syringae strain 742RS (PC Code 006411) is a microbial 
pesticide that is used to prevent or reduce the growth of frost-forming 
bacteria on leaves and blossoms of almonds, apples, peaches, pears, 
tomatoes, cherries, potatoes and strawberries:
     EPA has deleted the Pseudomonas syringae strain 742RS from the 
registration case pursuant to 40 CFR 155.42(b)(5) because all 
registrations of all products containing that active ingredient are 
cancelled. The registrant submitted a voluntary cancellation request 
for all products containing strain 742RS on April 7, 2008. These 
proposed voluntary cancellations were published (73 FR 53007, September 
12, 2008 FRL-8380-7. No comments were received to support Pseudomonas 
syringae strain 742RS products, and they were cancelled on March 12, 
2009.
     The exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 
Pseudomonas syringae strain 742RS in or on all raw agricultural 
commodities when applied as a frost protection agent or biological 
control agent to growing agricultural crops in accordance with good 
agricultural practices that is listed in 40 CFR 180.1114 was reassessed 
on June 3, 2002 and it was determined that it meets the FQPA 1996 
safety standard. The Agency will take separate action to propose 
revision of any affected exemptions from the requirement of a tolerance 
for Pseudomonas syringae strain 742RS that are not supported for import 
use only.
     In accordance with 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 
Pseudomonas syringae in light of the FIFRA standard for registration. 
The Pseudomonas syringae 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 Pseudomonas syringae 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.
     In accordance with 40 CFR 155.58(c), the registration review case 
docket for Pseudomonas syringae 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/pseudomonas_syringae/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.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests, Registration 
review.

    Dated: September 17, 2009.
Keith A. Matthews,
Acting Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, 
Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. E9-23218 Filed 9-29-09; 8:45 a.m.]
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