[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 17 (Wednesday, January 27, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4381-4383]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-1356]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0091; FRL-8807-3]


Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Amendment and 
Extension Application; Comment Request

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

[[Page 4382]]


ACTION: Notice.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA's receipt of an application 29964-
EUP-6 from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Incorporated requesting to 
amend and extend an existing experimental use permit (EUP) for the 
following plant-incorporated protectants (PIPs) and their associated 
combined-trait hybrids. The Agency has determined that the permit may 
be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 
40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this 
application.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 26, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0091, 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 docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-
2009-0091. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeannine Kausch, Biopesticides and 
Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 347-8920; e-mail 
address: kausch.jeannine@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of interest to those persons interested in agricultural 
biotechnology or those who are or may be required to conduct testing of 
chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act 
(FFDCA) or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
(FIFRA). Since other entities may also 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 person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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

[[Page 4383]]

human health impacts or environmental effects from exposure to the 
pesticide(s) discussed in this document, compared to the general 
population.

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: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Incorporated, (29964-EUP-
6).
    Pesticide Chemicals: Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1F protein and the 
genetic material necessary (vector PHP8999) for its production in corn 
event TC1507 (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 
(OECD) Unique Identifier: DAS-01507-1), Bacillus thuringiensis Cry34Ab1 
and Cry35Ab1 proteins and the genetic material necessary (vector 
PHP17662) for their production in corn event DAS-59122-7 (OECD Unique 
Identifier: DAS-59122-7), Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab delta-endotoxin 
protein and the genetic material necessary (vector pZO1502) for its 
production in corn event Bt11 (OECD Unique Identifier: SYN-BT011-1), 
Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab delta-endotoxin protein and the genetic 
material necessary (vector PV-ZMCT01) for its production in corn event 
MON 810 (OECD Unique Identifier: MON-00810-6), Bacillus thuringiensis 
Vip3Aa20 insecticidal protein and the genetic material necessary 
(vector pNOV1300) in corn event MIR162 (OECD Unique Identifier: SYN-
IR162-4), and Bacillus thuringiensis mCry3A protein and the genetic 
material necessary (vector pZM26) in corn event MIR604 (OECD Unique 
Identifier: SYN-IR604-5).
    Summary of Request: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Incorporated has 
requested an amendment and extension of experimental use permit 29964-
EUP-6, which was first granted on April 22, 2009. Under the existing 
EUP, plantings are permitted through March 31, 2010. Pioneer Hi-Bred 
International, Incorporated is now proposing to extend the experimental 
program until June 30, 2011 and to amend it by conducting testing with 
up to 1.52 pounds of Cry1F protein, 19.52 pounds of Cry34Ab1 and 
Cry35Ab1 proteins, 0.16 pounds of Cry1Ab protein (MON 810), 14.51 
pounds of Vip3Aa20 protein, 0.47 pounds of mCry3A protein, and 0.16 
pounds of Cry1Ab protein (Bt11) on 33,311 acres (1,414 acres of non-PIP 
and border corn plants are also proposed for a total of 34,725 acres). 
The proposed program will be conducted in the Commonwealth of Puerto 
Rico and States of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, 
Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, 
Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, 
Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and 
Wisconsin. Trial protocols will concentrate on nursery/breeding 
observation, yield and agronomic evaluation, efficacy, insect 
resistance management, inbred and hybrid seed production, and 
regulatory studies.
    A copy of the application and any information submitted is 
available for public review in the docket established for this EUP 
application as described under ADDRESSES.
    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: January 14, 2010.
Keith A. Matthews,
Acting Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, 
Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2010-1356 Filed 1-26-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6560-50-S