[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 96 (Wednesday, May 19, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28019-28021]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-11697]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0306; FRL-8825-7]


Resmethrin; Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel 
Certain Pesticide Registrations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a 
notice of receipt of requests by the registrants to voluntarily cancel 
their registrations of certain products containing the pesticide 
resmethrin. The requests would terminate resmethrin products registered 
for use as a wide area mosquito abatement adulticide in the United 
States. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment 
period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive 
comments within the comment period that would merit its further review 
of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests. If 
these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products 
listed in this notice will be permitted after the registration has been 
cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with 
the terms as described in the final order. Resmethrin users or anyone 
else that desires the retention of a resmethrin registration should 
contact the applicable registrants during the comment period.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 15, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0306, 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-
2010-0306. 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: Tom Myers, Pesticide Re-evaluation 
Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8589; fax number: (703) 308-7070; e-
mail address: myers.tom@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, 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 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

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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.

II. Background on the Receipt of Requests to Cancel Registrations

    This notice announces receipt by EPA of requests from registrants 
to cancel certain resmethrin product registrations. Resmethrin is a 
member of the pyrethroid class of pesticides. It is a broad spectrum, 
non-systemic, synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. Resmethrin is 
registered for use as a wide area mosquito abatement insecticide for 
use in industrial, recreational, and residential areas to control 
flying and crawling insects. All remaining resmethrin end use products 
not listed in this notice will be proposed for cancellation in a 
subsequent Federal Register notice.
    The registrants have requested voluntary cancellation of these 
resmethrin containing products based on the fact that the costs to 
fulfill the data call-in requirements from the 2006 Resmethirn 
Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED), coupled with the costs to 
satisfy the recently issued Endocrine Disrupter Screening Program 
(EDSP) testing orders are not justified by the market opportunity in 
the vector control business segment. Resmethrin users or anyone else 
that desires the retention of a resmethrin registration should contact 
the applicable registrants during the comment period. The data required 
to support the resmethrin wide area mosquito abatement use are 
identified in Table 1.

  Table 1.--Data Required to Support for the Mosquito Abatement Use of
                               Resmethrin
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                    2006 Resmethrin RED Data Call-In
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810.3400                                   Mosquito, black fly, and
                                            biting midge (sand fly)
                                            treatments
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830.7050                                   UV/Visible absorption
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835.2410                                   Photodegradation of parent
                                            and degradates in soil
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850.1300                                   Daphnid chronic toxicity test
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850.1350                                   Mysid chronic toxicity test
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Non-guideline                              Chronic freshwater sediment
                                            testing - special study
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Non-guideline                              Chronic estuarine/marine
                                            sediment testing - special
                                            study
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870.6200                                   Neurotoxicity screening
                                            battery
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870.6300                                   Developmental neurotoxicity
                                            study
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                           EDSP testing orders
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2.1.1                                      Amphibian metamorphosis
                                            (frog)
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2.1.2                                      Androgen receptor binding
                                            (rat prostate)
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2.1.3                                      Aromatase (human recombinant)
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2.1.4                                      Estrogen receptor binding
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2.1.5                                      Estrogen receptor
                                            transcriptional activation
                                            (human cell line - HeLa-
                                            9903)
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2.1.6                                      Fish short-term reproduction
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2.1.7                                      Hershberger (rat)
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2.1.8                                      Female Pubertal (rat)
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2.1.9                                      Male pubertal (rat)
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2.1.10                                     Steroidogenesis (human cell
                                            line - H295R)
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2.1.11                                     Uterotrophic
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    In letters received by the Agency, the registrants requested EPA to 
cancel certain pesticide product registrations identified in this 
notice in Table 2. This action would terminate the use of resmethrin 
products registered in the United States as a wide area mosquito 
abatement insecticide.

III. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    This notice announces receipt by EPA of requests from registrants 
to cancel certain resmethrin product registrations. The affected 
products and the registrants making the requests are identified in 
Tables 2 and 3 of this unit.
    Unless a request is withdrawn by the registrant or if the Agency 
determines that there are substantive comments that warrant further 
review of this request, EPA intends to issue an order canceling the 
affected registrations.

  Table 2.--Resmethrin Product Registrations with Pending Requests for
                              Cancellation
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     Registration Number             Product Name            Chemical
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432-595                        SBP-1382 Insecticide      Resmethrin
                                Concentrate 40% Formula
                                I
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432-596                        SBP-1382 Insecticide 40   Resmethrin
                                MF Solvent Dilutable
                                Concentrate Formula I
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432-667                        SCOURGE Insecticide w/    Resmethrin
                                SBP-1382/PBO 18%+54% MF  Piperonyl
                                Formula II                butoxide
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432-716                        SCOURGE Insecticide w/    Resmethrin
                                SBP-1382/PBO 4%+12% MF   Piperonyl
                                Formula II                butoxide
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432-1246                       Aqua-SCOURGE              Resmethrin
                                                         Piperonyl
                                                          butoxide
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73049-78                       SBP-1382 Concentrate 40   Resmethrin
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73049-79                       SBP-1382 Insecticide      Resmethrin
                                Concentrate 15%
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73049-80                       SBP-1382 Pressurized      Resmethrin
                                Wasp and Hornet Spray
                                0.15%
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73049-86                       SBP-1382 Technical with   Resmethrin
                                Antioxidant
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73049-95                       SBP-1382 Bioallethrin/    Resmethrin
                                Insecticide Concentrate  S-Bioallethrin
                                10%-6.25% Formula I
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73049-101                      SBP-1382 T.E.C. 6%        Resmethrin
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73049-134                      SBP-1382 Insecticide      Resmethrin
                                Concentrate 40% Formula
                                II
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73049-372                      Synthrin Technical with   Resmethrin
                                Antioxidant Insecticide
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    Table 3 of this unit includes the names and addresses of record for 
the registrants of the products listed in Table 2 of this unit, in 
sequence by EPA company number. This number corresponds to the first 
part of the EPA registration numbers of the products listed above.

         Table 3.--Registrants Requesting Voluntary Cancellation
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           EPA Company Number                Company Name and Address
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000432                                   Bayer Environmental Science
                                         P.O. Box 12014
                                         Research Triangle Park, NC
                                          27709
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073049                                   Valent BioSciences Corporation
                                         870 Technology Way
                                         Libertyville, IL 60048
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IV. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?

    Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide 
product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations 
be canceled or amended to terminate one or more uses. FIFRA further 
provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice 
of receipt of any such request in the Federal Register.
    Section 6(f)(1)(B) of FIFRA requires that before acting on a 
request for voluntary cancellation, EPA must provide a 30-day public 
comment period on the request for voluntary cancellation or use 
termination. In addition, section 6(f)(1)(C) of FIFRA requires that EPA 
provide a 180-day comment period on a request for voluntary 
cancellation or termination of any minor agricultural use before 
granting the request, unless:
    1. The registrants request a waiver of the comment period, or
    2. The Administrator determines that continued use of the pesticide 
would pose an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment.
    The resmethrin registrants have not requested that EPA waive the 
180-day comment period. Accordingly, EPA will provide a 180-day comment 
period on the proposed requests.

V. Procedures for Withdrawal of Requests

    Registrants who choose to withdraw a request for product 
cancellation should submit the withdrawal in writing to the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. If the products(s) have 
been subject to a previous cancellation action, the effective date of 
cancellation and all other provisions of any earlier cancellation 
action are controlling.

VI. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks

    Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products 
that are currently in the United States and that were packaged, 
labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the 
action. If the requests for voluntary cancellation are granted, the 
Agency intends to publish the cancellation order in the Federal 
Register.
    In any order issued in response to these requests for cancellation 
of product registrations, EPA proposes to include the following 
provisions for the treatment of any existing stocks of the products 
listed in Table 2.
    After December 31, 2012, registrants are prohibited from selling or 
distributing existing stocks of products containing resmethrin for all 
uses, including the use of resmethrin as a wide area mosquito abatement 
insecticide.
    Persons other than the registrant may sell, distribute, or use 
existing stocks of canceled products until supplies are exhausted, 
provided that such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the 
terms of the previously approved labeling on, or that accompanied, the 
canceled products.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: May 7, 2010.
 Richard P. Keigwin, Jr.,
Director, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division, Office of Pesticide 
Programs.

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