[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 24 (Friday, February 4, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6465-6468]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-2509]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0012; FRL-8858-7]


Notice of Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for 
Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the Agency's receipt of several initial 
filings of pesticide petitions proposing the establishment or 
modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or 
on various commodities.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 7, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number and the pesticide petition number (PP) of interest as shown 
in the body of this document, 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 the docket ID number and the 
pesticide petition number of interest as shown in the body of this 
document. 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 Web site 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

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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: A contact person, with telephone 
number and e-mail address, is listed at the end of each pesticide 
petition summary. You may also reach each contact person by mail at 
their Division: Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P) 
or Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    You may be potentially affected by this action if you are an 
agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. 
Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to:
     Crop production (NAICS code 111).
     Animal production (NAICS code 112).
     Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311).
     Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532).
    This listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides 
a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by this 
action. Other types of entities not listed in this unit could also be 
affected. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) 
codes have been provided to assist you and others in determining 
whether this action might apply to certain entities. If you have any 
questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular 
entity, consult the person listed at the end of the pesticide petition 
summary of interest.

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 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 Agency Taking?

    EPA is announcing its receipt of several pesticide petitions filed 
under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 
21 U.S.C. 346a, proposing the establishment or modification of 
regulations in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of pesticide chemicals in 
or on various food commodities. EPA has determined that the pesticide 
petitions described in this notice contain the data or information 
prescribed in FFDCA section 408(d)(2); however, EPA has not fully 
evaluated the sufficiency of the submitted data at this time or whether 
the data support granting of the pesticide petitions. Additional data 
may be needed before EPA can make a final determination on these 
pesticide petitions.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 180.7(f), a summary of each of the petitions 
that are the subject of this notice, prepared by the petitioner, is 
included in a docket EPA has created for each rulemaking. The docket 
for each of the petitions is available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov.
    As specified in FFDCA section 408(d)(3), (21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(3)), 
EPA is publishing notice of the petition so that the public has an 
opportunity to comment on this request for the establishment or 
modification of regulations for residues of pesticides in or on food 
commodities. Further information on the petition may be obtained 
through the petition summary referenced in this unit.

New Tolerance

    1. PP 0E7787. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0916). Interregional Research 
Project, No. 4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201 W, Princeton, 
NJ 08540, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for 
residues of the insecticide hexythiazox (trans-5-(4-chlorophenyl)-N-
cyclohexyl-4-methyl-2-oxothiazolidine-3-carboxamide) and its 
metabolites containing the (4-chlorophenyl)-4-methyl-2-oxo-3-
thiazolidine moiety, in or on tomato at 0.50 parts per million (ppm). A 
practical analytical method, high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) 
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ultraviolet (UV) detector, which detects and measures residues of 
hexythiazox and its metabolites as a common moiety, is available for 
enforcement purposes with a limit of detection that allows monitoring 
of food with residues at or above the level set in this tolerance. 
Contact: Sidney Jackson, (703) 305-7610, Registration Division (7505P), 
e-mail address: jackson.sidney@epa.gov.
    2. PP 0E7793. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0957). BASF Corporation, 26 Davis 
Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, proposes to establish a 
tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the herbicide imazapyr, 2-
[4,5-dihydro-4-methyl-4-(1-methylethyl)-5-oxo-]H-imidazol-2-yl]-3-
pyridinecarboxylic acid], in or on soybean at 4.0 ppm; and in or on the 
processed commodity soybean meal at 4.5 ppm. The proposed analytical 
method for detecting residues of imazapyr in soybean seed and processed 
fractions is a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/
MS) method. This validated method has a level of quantitation (LOQ) of 
0.01 milligrams/kilogram. Contact: Hope Johnson, (703) 305-5410, 
Registration Division (7505P), e-mail address: johnson.hope@epa.gov.
    3. PP 0E7806. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-1026). BASF Corporation, 26 Davis 
Drive, P.O. Box 13528, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3528, proposes 
to establish import tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the 
herbicide saflufenacil, including its metabolites and degradates, in or 
on banana, whole fruit at 0.03 ppm; coffee, green bean at 0.03 ppm; and 
mango, fruit at 0.03 ppm. Compliance with the tolerance levels is to be 
determined by measuring only the sum of saflufenacil, 2-chloro-5-[3,6-
dihydro-3-methyl-2,6-dioxo-4-(trifluoromethyl)-1(2H)-pyrimidinyl]-4-
fluoro-N-[[methyl(1-methylethyl)amino]sulfonyl]benzamide, and its 
metabolites N-[2-chloro-5-(2,6-dioxo-4-(trifluoromethyl)-3,6-dihydro-
1(2H)-pyrimidinyl)-4-fluorobenzoyl]-N'-isopropylsulfamide and N-[4-
chloro-2-fluoro-5-({[(isopropylamino)sulfonyl]amino{time}  
carbonyl)phenyl]urea, calculated as the stoichiometric equivalent of 
saflufenacil, in or on the commodities. Adequate enforcement 
methodology (liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry 
(LCMS/MS) methods D0603/02 (plants) and L0073/01 (livestock)) is 
available to enforce the tolerance expression. Contact: Susan Stanton, 
(703) 305-5218, Registration Division (7505P), e-mail address: 
stanton.susan@epa.gov.
    4. PP 0F7741. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0938). Monsanto Company, 1300 I St., 
NW., Suite 450 East, Washington, DC 20052, proposes to establish a 
tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the herbicide glyphosate, 
N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine, in or on corn, field, forage at 13 ppm to 
support the use of glyphosate in RHS seed corn production. Adequate 
enforcement methods are available for analysis of residues of 
glyphosate and its metabolite AMPA in or on plant and livestock 
commodities. These methods include gas liquid chromatography (GLC), 
Method I in Pesticides Analytical Manual (PAM) II (0.05 ppm limit of 
detection (LOD)), and HPLC with fluorometric detection (0.0005 ppm 
(LOD)). The HPLC procedure has undergone successful Agency validation 
and was recommended for inclusion in PAM II. A gas chromatography/mass 
spectrometry (GC/MS) method for glyphosate in crops has also been 
validated by EPA's 2 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (ACL). Contact: 
Hope Johnson, (703) 305-5410, Registration Division (7505P), e-mail 
address: johnson.hope@epa.gov.
    5. PP 0F7785. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0959). Syngenta Crop Protection, 
Inc., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, proposes to establish a 
tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide 
difenoconazole, 1-[2-[2-chloro-4-(4-chlorophenoxy) phenyl]-4-methyl-
1,3-dioxolan-2-ylmethyl]-1H-1,2,4-triazole, in or on oats, grain at 0.1 
ppm; and in or on rye, grain at 0.1 ppm. A practical analytical method 
(AG-5758) for detecting and measuring levels of difenoconazole in or on 
food with an LOQ that allows monitoring of food with residues at or 
above the levels set in the proposed tolerances. Method REM 147.08 is 
also available for enforcement method for the determination of residues 
of difenoconazole in crops. Residues are qualified by LC-MS/MS. A 
practical analytical method (AG-544A) for detecting and measuring 
levels of difenoconazole in or on cattle tissues and milk, and poultry 
tissues and eggs with an LOQ that allows monitoring of food with 
residues at or above the levels set in the proposed tolerances. 
Contact: Rose Mary Kearns, (703) 305-5611, Registration Division 
(7505P), e-mail address:kearns.rosemary@epa.gov.
    6. PP 0F7796. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0905). Interregional Research 
Project Number 4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201 W, Princeton, 
NJ 08540, proposes to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for 
residues of the herbicide 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), both 
free and conjugated, determined as the acid, in or on teff, bran at 4.0 
ppm; teff, forage at 25.0 ppm; teff, grain at 2.0 ppm; and teff, straw 
at 50.0 ppm. An adequate gas/electron chromatography detection (GC/ECD) 
enforcement method for plants (designated as EN-CAS Method No. ENC-2/
93) is available and has been independently validated. Adequate 
radiovalidation data have been submitted and evaluated for the 
enforcement method using samples from the wheat metabolism study. 
Contact: Laura E. Nollen, (703) 305-7390, Registration Division 
(7505P), e-mail address: nollen.laura@epa.gov.

 New Tolerance Exemption

    1. PP 0E7784. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0878). Rhodia, Inc., c/o SciReg, 
Inc., 12733 Director's Loop, Woodbridge VA 22192, proposes to establish 
an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 
carboxymethyl guar gum sodium salt (CAS No. 39346-76-4) with a minimum 
number average molecular weight (in amu) of 100,000 under 40 CFR 
180.920 when used as a thickener/drift reduction agent in pesticide 
formulations. Based upon the structural similarities between 
carboxymethyl guar, guar gum, hydroxypropyl guar, and carboxymethyl-
hydroxypropyl guar, the tolerance exemption petition for carboxymethyl 
guar gum sodium salt summarizes and relies upon available data on all 
four substances. Rhodia, Inc. is requesting that carboxymethyl guar be 
exempt from the requirement of a tolerance under 40 CFR 180.920. 
Therefore, Rhodia, Inc. believes that an analytical method to determine 
residues in treated crops is not relevant. Contact: Alganesh Debesai, 
(703) 308-8353, Registration Division (7505P), e-mail address: 
debesai.alganesh@epa.gov.
    2. PP 0E7803. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-1019). Rhodia, Inc., c/o SciReg, 
Inc., 12733 Director's Loop, Woodbridge VA 22192, proposes to establish 
an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 
carboxymethyl-hydroxypropyl guar (CAS No. 68130-15-4) with a minimum 
number average molecular weight (in amu) of 100,000 under 40 CFR 
180.920 when used as a thickener/drift reduction agent in pesticide 
formulations. Based upon the structural similarities between 
carboxymethyl-hydroxypropyl guar, guar gum, hydroxypropyl guar, and 
carboxymethyl guar, the tolerance exemption petition for carboxymethyl-
hydroxypropyl guar summarizes and relies upon available data on all 
four substances. Rhodia, Inc. is requesting that carboxymethyl-
hydroxypropyl guar be exempt from the requirement of a tolerance under 
40 CFR 180.920. Therefore, Rhodia, Inc. believes that an

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analytical method to determine residues in treated crops is not 
relevant. Contact: Alganesh Debesai, (703) 308-8353, Registration 
Division (7505P), e-mail address: debesai.alganesh@epa.gov.
    3. PP 0F7745. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0805). Pasteuria Bioscience, Inc., 
12085 Research Drive, Suite 185, Alachua, FL 32615, proposes to 
establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues 
of the microbial pesticide Pasteuria reniformis--Pr3 [SD-5834], in or 
on all raw agricultural crops. The petitioner believes no analytical 
method is needed because an exemption from the requirement of a 
tolerance is being sought. Contact: Jeannine Kausch, (703) 347-8920, 
Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), e-mail 
address: kausch.jeannine@epa.gov.
    4. PP 0F7749. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0807). Pasteuria Bioscience, Inc., 
12085 Research Drive, Suite 185, Alachua, FL 32615, proposes to 
establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues 
of the microbial pesticide Pasteuria nishizawae--Pn1 [SD-5833], in or 
on all raw agricultural crops. The petitioner believes no analytical 
method is needed because an exemption from the requirement of a 
tolerance is being sought. Contact: Jeannine Kausch, (703) 347-8920, 
Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), e-mail 
address: kausch.jeannine@epa.gov.
    5. PP 0F7760. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0944). Certis USA LLC, 9145 Guilford 
Road, Suite 175, Columbia, MD 21046, proposes to establish an exemption 
from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of the microbial 
pesticide Bacillus subtilis var. amyloliquefaciens strain D747 in or on 
all agricultural commodities when applied/used in accordance with label 
directions. No analytical method is needed because this petition 
requests an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: 
Susanne Cerrelli, (703) 308-8077, Biopesticides and Pollution 
Prevention Division (7511P), e-mail address: cerrelli.susanne@epa.gov.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Agricultural commodities, Feed additives, 
Food additives, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    Dated: January 21, 2011.
Lois Rossi,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
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