[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 202 (Wednesday, October 20, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64725-64726]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-26453]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0842; FRL-8849-1]


Methamidophos 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, methamidophos, case 
0043. 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: K. Avivah Jakob, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), 
Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: 
(703) 305-1328; fax number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: 
jakob.kathryn@epa.gov.
    For general information on the registration review program, 
contact: Kevin Costello, Pesticide Re-evaluation 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?

    EPA has established a docket for this action under docket 
identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0842. 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 
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.

II. Background

A. What action is the agency taking?

    Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.58(c), this notice announces the 
availability of EPA's final registration review decision for 
methamidophos, case 0043. Methamidophos is a restricted use 
organophosphate insecticide, that as of 2009 was registered for use on 
potato, cotton, tomato, and alfalfa grown for seed. However, in 2009, 
the sole methamidophos registrant, Bayer CropScience, informed the 
Agency that they were requesting to voluntarily cancel all of their 
remaining methamidophos product registrations. Following publication of 
a Federal Register notice announcing receipt of those requests and the 
completion of the corresponding public comment period, the Agency 
issued the product cancellation order on September 23, 2009, for all 
methamidophos product registrations. Details of the cancellation dates 
can be found in the Methamidophos Registration Review Decision 
document.
    Pursuant to 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 methamidophos in 
light of the FIFRA standard for registration and has concluded the 
methamidophos registration review. No further action is needed as all 
registrations of methamidophos have been cancelled. The Methamidophos 
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 methamidophos 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.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.58(c), the registration review case docket 
for methamidophos 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/methamidophos/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.

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List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Registration review, Pesticides and 
pests, methamidophos.

    Dated: October 14, 2010.
Richard P. Keigwin, Jr.,
Director, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division, Office of Pesticide 
Programs.
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