[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 100 (Wednesday, May 23, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 30481-30485]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-12126]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 180

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0001; FRL-9347-8]


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

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of filing of petitions and request for comment.

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

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 22, 2012.

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 online

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instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any 
information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) 
or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.
     Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket 
Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001.
     Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand 
delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the 
instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.htm.
    Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along 
with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A contact person, with telephone 
number and email address, is listed at the end of each pesticide 
petition summary. You may also reach each contact person by mail at 
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 email. 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, requesting the establishment or modification of 
regulations in 40 CFR part 174 or part 180 for residues of pesticide 
chemicals in or on various food commodities. The Agency is taking 
public comment on the requests before responding to the petitioners. 
EPA is not proposing any particular action at this time. EPA has 
determined that the pesticide petitions described in this document 
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. After considering the public comments, EPA intends to 
evaluate whether and what action may be warranted. 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 document, prepared by the petitioner, is 
included in a docket EPA has created for each rulemaking. The docket 
for each of the petitions is available online 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 Tolerances

    1. PP 2E7988. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0204). Interregional Research 
Project Number 4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201 W, Princeton, 
NJ 08540, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for 
residues of the insecticide imidacloprid (1-[6-chloro-3-pyridinyl) 
methyl]-N-nitro-2-imidazolidinimine) and its metabolites containing the 
6-chloropyridinyl moiety, in or on fish at 0.05 parts per million (ppm) 
and fish-shellfish, mollusk at 0.05 ppm. Adequate enforcement 
methodologies, Bayer gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) 
method 00200 and Bayer GC/MS method 00191, is available to enforce the 
tolerance expression. Contact: Sidney Jackson, (703) 305-

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7610, email address: jackson.sidney@epa.gov.
    2. PP 0F7690. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0234). BASF Corporation, 26 Davis 
Drive, P.O. Box 13528, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, requests to 
establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for the insecticide for the 
combined residues of alpha-cypermethrin and cypermethrin including 
zeta-cypermethrin (S)-[alpha]-cyano-3-phenoxy-benzyl (1R,3R)-3-(2,2-
dichlorovinyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane-carboxylate and (R)-[alpha]-
cyano-3-phenoxybenzyl (1S,3S)-3-(2,2-dichlorovinyl)-2,2-
dimethylcyclopropane-carboxylate, in or on tree nuts (group 14); dried 
shelled pea and bean, except soybean (subgroup 6C); corn, grain; corn, 
corn, sweet; soybeans; and sugar beet roots at 0.05 ppm; succulent 
shelled pea and bean (subgroup 6B); and root and tuber vegetables 
(group 1) at 0.1 ppm; cucurbit vegetables (group 9); fruiting 
vegetables (group 8); sugar beet, tops; and wheat, grain at 0.2 ppm; 
citrus fruit (group 10) at 0.35 ppm; cottonseed, legume, edible podded 
vegetable (subgroup 6A); and sorghum, grain at 0.5 ppm; rice, grain at 
1.5 ppm; citrus, dried pulp at 1.8 ppm; Brassica, head and stem 
(subgroup 5A) at 2.0 ppm; citrus, oil at 4.0 ppm; leafy vegetable, 
except Brassica (group 4) at 10 ppm; and alfalfa, hay at 15 ppm. 
Cypermethrin is a pyrethroid insecticide consisting of three asymmetric 
carbon atoms, and therefore, 8 stereo-isomeric mixtures. Cypermethrin 
is also characterized as consisting of cis- and trans-configured 
diastereo-isomeric components based on orientation around its 
cyclopropane ring. Zeta-cypermethrin and alpha-cypermethrin are 
optimized stereo-isomeric mixtures of cypermethrin, each consisting of 
4 major components. These zeta-cypermethrin and alpha-cypermethrin 
components are the enriched trans- (alpha-S) and cis (cis2-R) isomeric 
orientations of cypermethrin, respectively. There is a practical 
analytical method for detecting and measuring levels of cypermethrin in 
or on food with a limit of detection (LOD) that allows monitoring of 
food with residues at or above the levels set in these tolerances GC 
with electron capture detection (GC/ECD) and liquid chromatography with 
tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) methods are available. Contact: 
Bewanda Alexander, (703) 305-7460, email address: 
alexander.bewanda@epa.gov.
    3. PP 1F7894. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0668). E.I. du Pont de Nemours & 
Company (``DuPont''), 1007 Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19898, 
requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the 
insecticide cyantraniliprole, 3-bromo-1-(3-chloro-2-pyridinyl)-N-[4-
cyano-2-methyl-6-[(methylamino)carbonyl]phenyl]-1H-pyrazole-5-
carboxamide, including its metabolites and degradates, in or on almond 
hulls at 30 ppm; berries and small fruits, bushberries (crop subgroup 
13-07B) at 4 ppm; Brassica (cole) leafy vegetables, head and stem 
Brassica (crop subgroup 5A) at 2 ppm; Brassica (cole) leafy vegetables, 
leafy Brassica greens (crop subgroup 5B) at 30 ppm; bulb vegetables, 
onion, bulb (crop subgroup 3-07A) at 0.04 ppm; bulb vegetables, onion, 
green (crop subgroup 3-07B) at 8 ppm; cattle, fat at 0.01 ppm; cattle, 
liver at 0.04 ppm; cattle, meat at 0.01 ppm; cattle, meat byproducts, 
except liver at 0.01 ppm; cherries at 6 ppm; citrus fruits (crop group 
10-10) at 0.7 ppm; cotton gin byproduct at 10 ppm; cucurbit vegetables 
(crop group 9) at 0.3 ppm; fruiting vegetables (crop group 8-10) at 2 
ppm; goat, fat at 0.01 ppm; goat, liver at 0.04 ppm; goat, meat at 0.01 
ppm; goat, meat byproducts, except liver at 0.01 ppm; hog, fat at 0.01 
ppm; hog, liver at 0.04 ppm; hog, meat at 0.01 ppm; hog, meat 
byproducts, except liver at 0.01 ppm; horse, fat at 0.01 ppm; horse, 
liver at 0.04 ppm; horse, meat at 0.01 ppm; horse, meat byproducts, 
except liver at 0.01 ppm; leafy vegetables (except Brassica vegetables) 
(crop group 4) at 15 ppm; milk at 0.01 ppm; milk, fat at 0.04 ppm; 
oilseeds, except cotton gin byproduct (crop group 20) at 1 ppm; pome 
fruits (crop group 11-10) at 0.8 ppm; root and tuber vegetables, 
tuberous and corm vegetables (crop subgroup 1C) at 0.15 ppm; sheep, fat 
at 0.01 ppm; sheep, liver at 0.04 ppm; sheep, meat at 0.01 ppm; sheep, 
meat byproducts, except liver at 0.01 ppm; stone fruits, except 
cherries (crop group 12) at 1.5 ppm; tree nuts, except almond hulls 
(crop group 14) at 0.06 ppm; citrus, oil at 6 ppm; citrus, raw peel at 
2 ppm; and potato, wet peel at 0.3 ppm. In addition, DuPont is 
proposing pursuant to section 408 (d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and 
Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. 346a (d), to amend 40 CFR part 180 to establish 
indirect or inadvertent tolerances for residues of cyantraniliprole, 3-
bromo-1-(3-chloro-2-pyridinyl)-N-[4-cyano-2-methyl-6-
[(methylamino)carbonyl]phenyl]-1H-pyrazole-5-carboxamide, including its 
metabolites and degradates, in or on the following commodities: Foliage 
of legume vegetables (crop group 7), forage at 0.15 ppm, hay at 0.6 
ppm; forage, fodder and straw of cereal grains (crop group 16), forage 
at 0.06 ppm, hay and straw at 0.15 ppm; grass forage, fodder, and hay 
(crop group 17), forage at 0.06 ppm, hay at 0.15 ppm; leaves of root 
and tuber vegetables (human food or animal feed) (crop group 2) at 0.04 
ppm; nongrass animal feeds (forage, fodder, straw, and hay) (crop group 
18), forage at 0.06 ppm, hay at 0.15 ppm; peanut hay at 0.03 ppm; and 
root and tuber vegetables, root vegetables (crop subgroup 1A) at 0.03 
ppm. Adequate analytical methodology, high-pressure liquid 
chromatography with (HPLC) electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-
MS/MS) detection, is available for enforcement purposes. Contact: 
Thomas Harris, (703) 308-9423, email address: harris.thomas@epa.gov.
    4. PP 1F7953. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0060). Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc., 
c/o Landis International, Inc., P.O. Box 5126, Valdosta, GA 31603, 
requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of 
the insecticide dinotefuran, (RS)-1-methyl-2-nitro-3-(tetrahydro-3-
furylmethyl)guanidine and its major metabolites DN, 1-methyl-3-
(tetrahydro-3-furylmethyl)guanidine, and UF, 1-methyl-3-(tetrahydro-3-
furylmethyl)-urea, in or on rice, grain at 10 ppm. Practical analytical 
methodology for detecting and measuring levels of dinotefuran and its 
metabolites, UF and DN, in or on raw agricultural commodities has been 
conducted. Dinotefuran and its metabolites in the plant matrix extracts 
were analyzed by HPLC and thin layer chromatography (TLC) to determine 
the number of metabolites and their relative distribution in the 
samples. The HPLC method was validated for determination of 
dinotefuran, DN and UF in or on tomatoes and peppers, cucurbits, 
Brassica, grapes, potatoes, mustard greens, rice, and lettuce for raw 
agricultural commodity matrices and in or on tomato paste and puree, 
grape juice and raisins and potato chips, granules, and wet peel, rice 
grain, hulls, and bran for processed commodity matrices. After 
extraction with a water/acetonitrile mixture and clean up with hexane 
and extraction columns, concentrations of dinotefuran and its 
metabolites were quantified after HPLC separation by MS/MS detection. 
Contact: Rita Kumar, (703) 308-8291, email address: kumar.rita@epa.gov.
    5. PP 1F7956. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0177). Syngenta Crop Protection, 
LLC., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419-8300, requests to establish 
tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide 
cyproconazole, in or on peanut, nutmeat at 0.03 ppm; peanut, hay at 6 
ppm; peanut, meal at 0.03 ppm; peanut, butter at 0.03 ppm; and peanut, 
refined oil at 0.03 ppm. An adequate analytical method for 
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enforcement purposes. Determination and quantitation for cyproconazole 
are conducted using GC employing mass selective detection (MSD). A 
method for analysis of triazole metabolites is available using Morse 
Labs Analytical Method No. Meth-160, Revision 2. Residues are 
quantified by GC equipped with a nitrogen-phosphorous detector (NPD). 
The limit of quantitation (LOQ) is 0.01 ppm for cyproconazole parent. 
The analytical method, AM-0842-0790-0, is available in the Pesticide 
Analytical Manual, Vol. II (PAM II). Contact: Shaunta Hill, (703) 347-
8961, email address: hill.shaunta@epa.gov.
    6. PP 1F7967. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0092). BASF Corporation, c/o Landis 
International, Inc., P.O. Box 5126, 3185 Madison Highway, Valdosta, GA 
31603, requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for 
residues of the insecticide dinotefuran, (RS)-1-methyl-2-nitro-3-
(tetrahydro-3-furylmethyl)guanidine, in or on all food/feed items 
(other than those already covered by a higher tolerance as a result of 
use on growing crops) in food/feed handling establishments where food 
products are held, processed or prepared at 0.01 ppm. Practical 
analytical methodology for detecting the magnitude of residues that 
accumulate in/on perishable food matrices (butter, processed meat, 
lettuce, bread, milk, peaches and pie), on non-perishable food matrices 
((candy M&Ms), rice, crackers, potatoes and flour) and on bare surfaces 
(dinner plates, aluminum foil and table knives) following a spot and 
crack and crevice treatment of dinotefuran in a simulated food handling 
establishment has been conducted. The analytical method included sample 
extraction with acetonitrile or acetonitrile/water in conjunction with 
a solid-phase extraction/clean-up of extracts prior to analysis. 
Quantitation of dinotefuran in extracts was performed using LC/MS/MS. 
Contact: Rita Kumar, (703) 308-8291, email address: kumar.rita@epa.gov.
    7. PP 2F7973. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0269). BASF Corporation, P.O. Box 
13528, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, requests to establish 
tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the insecticide 
cyflumetofen, in or on almond, hulls at 4.0 ppm; fruit, citrus, group 
10 at 0.3 ppm; citrus, oil at 16 ppm; grape at 0.6 ppm; grape, raisin 
at 0.9 ppm; fruit, pome, group 11 at 0.3 ppm; strawberry at 0.6 ppm; 
tomato at 0.2 ppm; and nut, tree, group 14 at 0.01 ppm. The analytical 
method D1003, ``Method for Determination of Residues of Cyflumetofen 
(BAS 9210 I) and its Metabolites in Plant Matrices using LC-MS/MS'' was 
validated successfully for the analysis of cyflumetofen and its 
metabolites (B-1, AB-6, and AB-7) in tomato (high water), soybean seed 
(high oil), rice grain (high starch), dry bean (high protein), orange 
(high acid), raisins (process fraction), orange oil (process fraction), 
orange juice (process fraction), and rice straw (feed). Contact: Driss 
Benmhend, (703) 308-9525, email address: benmhend.driss@epa.gov.
    8. PP 2F7976. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0282). Syngenta Crop Protection, 
LLC., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, requests to establish 
tolerances in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide 
azoxystrobin (methyl (E)-2-(2-[6-(2-cyanophenoxy)pyrimidin-4-
yloxy]phenyl)-3-methoxyacrylate) and the Z isomer of azoxystrobin, 
(methyl (Z)-2-(2-[6-(2-cyanophenoxy)pyrimidin-4-yloxy] phenyl)-3-
methoxyacrylate), in or on oat, forage at 4 ppm; oat, hay at 7 ppm; 
oat, straw at 3 ppm; oat, grain at 1 ppm; rye, forage at 4 ppm; rye, 
straw at 0.8 ppm and rye, grain at 0.07 ppm and in or on the animal 
commodities poultry, meat at 0.01 ppm; poultry, fat at 0.01 ppm; 
poultry, liver at 0.2 ppm; egg at 0.1 ppm; cattle, liver at 0.5 ppm; 
cattle, kidney at 0.1 ppm; hog, liver at 0.2 ppm and hog, kidney at 
0.03 ppm. An adequate analytical method, GC-NPD or in mobile phase by 
HPLC with ultra-violet (UV) detection (HPLC-UV), is available for 
enforcement purposes with a LOD that allows monitoring of food with 
residues at or above the levels set in these tolerances. The Analytical 
Chemistry section of the EPA concluded that the method(s) are adequate 
for enforcement. Analytical methods are also available for analyzing 
meat, milk, poultry and eggs which also underwent successful 
independent laboratory validations. Contact: Erin Malone, (703) 347-
0253, email address: malone.erin@epa.gov.
    9. PP 2F7984. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0283). Syngenta Crop Protection, 
LLC., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, requests to establish a 
tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide azoxystrobin 
(methyl (E)-2-(2-[6-(2-cyanophenoxy) pyrimidin-4-yloxy]phenyl)-3-
methoxyacrylate) and the Z isomer of azoxystrobin, (methyl (Z)-2-(-[6-
(2-cyanophenoxy)pyrimidin-4-yloxy] phenyl)-3-methoxyacrylate), in or on 
the animal commodities poultry, meat at 0.01 ppm; poultry, fat at 0.01 
ppm; poultry, liver at 0.2 ppm; egg at 0.1 ppm; cattle, liver at 0.5 
ppm; cattle, kidney at 0.1 ppm; hog, liver at 0.2 ppm and hog, kidney 
at 0.03 ppm. An adequate analytical method, GC-NPD or in mobile phase 
by HPLC with ultra-violet (UV) detection (HPLC-UV), is available for 
enforcement purposes with a LOD that allows monitoring of food with 
residues at or above the levels set in these tolerances. The Analytical 
Chemistry section of the EPA concluded that the method(s) are adequate 
for enforcement. Analytical methods are also available for analyzing 
meat, milk, poultry and eggs which also underwent successful 
independent laboratory validations. Contact: Erin Malone, (703) 347-
0253, email address: malone.erin@epa.gov.
    10. PP 2F7997. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0262). BASF Corporation, P.O. Box 
13528, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, requests to establish a 
tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the herbicide topramezone, 
3-(4,5-dihydro-3-isoxazolyl)-2-methyl-4-(methylsulfonyl)phenyl](5-
hydroxy-1-methyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)methanone, in or on fish at 0.05 ppm 
and shellfish at 0.05 ppm. Suitable independently validated analytical 
methods (for animal matrices), LC/MS/MS, are submitted for detecting 
and measuring topramezone levels in or on food with an application LOD 
that is satisfactory for enforcing the requested tolerances. Contact: 
Bethany Benbow, (703) 347-8072, email address: benbow.bethany@epa.gov.
    11. PP 2F8005. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0308). K-I Chemical U.S.A., Inc., 
c/o Landis International, Inc., 3185 Madison Highway, P.O. Box 
5126,Valdosta, GA 31603-5126, requests to establish tolerances in 40 
CFR part 180 for residues of the herbicide pyroxasulfone (3-[(5-
(difluoromethoxy)-1-methyl-3-(trifluoromethyl) pyrazole-4-
ylmethylsulfonyl]-4,5-dihydro-5,5-dimethyl-1,2-oxazole) and its 
metabolites M-3 (5-difluoromethoxy-1-methyl-3-trifluoromethyl-1H-
pyrazol-4-carboxylic acid), M-25 (5-difluoromethoxy-3-trifluoromethyl-
1H-pyrazol-4-yl)methanesulfonic acid and M-28 (3-[1-carboxy-2-(5,5-
dimethyl-4,5-dihydroisoxazol-3-ylthio)ethylamino]-3-oxopropanoic acid) 
calculated as the stoichiometric equivalent of pyroxasulfone, in or on 
soybean, seed at 0.07 ppm; and pyroxasulfone (3-[(5-(difluoromethoxy)-
1-methyl-3-(trifluoromethyl) pyrazole-4-ylmethylsulfonyl]-4,5-dihydro-
5,5-dimethyl-1,2-oxazole) and its metabolites M-1 (5-difluoromethoxy-1-
methyl-3-trifluoromethyl-1H-pyrazol-4-ylmethanesulfonic acid), M-3 (5-
difluoromethoxy-1-methyl-3-trifluoromethyl-1H-pyrazol-4-carboxylic 
acid), and M-25 (5-difluoromethoxy-3-trifluoromethyl-1H-pyrazol-4-
yl)methanesulfonic acid) calculated as the stoichiometric equivalent of 
pyroxasulfone in or on soybean, forage at 1.5 ppm and soybean, hay at 
2.0 ppm. EPA has approved an analytical

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enforcement methodology including LC/MS/MS to enforce the tolerance 
expression for pyroxasulfone. Contact: Michael Walsh, (703) 308-2972, 
email address: walsh.michael@epa.gov.

Amended Tolerances

    1. PP 2E7993. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0241). Interregional Research 
Project Number 4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201 W, Princeton, 
NJ 08540, requests to amend the tolerance in 40 CFR 180.300 by 
increasing the tolerance for residues of the plant regulator ethephon, 
in or on tomato from 2.0 ppm to 3.5 ppm. The increased tolerance is 
required to accommodate tomatoes of less than one inch in diameter 
grown in the greenhouse. Adequate methods for purposes of enforcement 
of ethephon tolerances in plant commodities, ruminant tissues and milk 
are available. The FDA (PAM Vol. I Appendix, 8/93) indicates that 
ethephon is not recovered through any of the Multiresidue Protocols. 
Contact: Andrew Ertman, (703) 308-9367, email address: 
ertman.andrew@epa.gov.
    2. PP 2F7975. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0246). Syngenta Crop Protection, 
LLC, P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, requests to amend the 
tolerances in 40 CFR 180.434 for residues of the fungicide 
propiconazole, 1H-1,2,4-Triazole, 1-([2-(4-dichlorophenyl)-4-propyl-
1,3-dioxolan-2-yl]methyl)-, and its metabolites determined as 2,4-
dichlorobenzoic acid and expressed as parent compound, in or on barley, 
hay from 1.4 ppm to 30 ppm; barley, straw from 10 ppm to 20 ppm; 
barley, grain from 0.3 ppm to 3 ppm; oat, forage from 1.7 ppm to 4 ppm; 
oat, hay from 1.4 ppm to 15 ppm; oat, grain from 0.3 ppm to 3 ppm; rye, 
forage from 1.7 ppm to 9 ppm; rye, straw from 10 ppm to 9 ppm; wheat, 
forage from 1.7 ppm to 15 ppm; wheat, hay from 1.4 ppm to 30 ppm; 
wheat, straw from 10 ppm to 20 ppm; and grain, aspirated fraction from 
30 ppm to 108 ppm. Analytical methods adequate to determine parent 
propiconazole, total propiconazole as 2,4-dichlorobenzoic acid, and the 
triazole metabolites (1,2,4-Triazole, Triazole Alanine, and Triazole 
Acetic Acid) are available for enforcement purposes with LOD that allow 
monitoring of food with residues at or above the levels set in this 
tolerance. Contact: Heather Garvie, (703) 308-0034, email address: 
garvie.heather@epa.gov.
    3. PP 2F7976. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0282). Syngenta Crop Protection, 
LLC., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, requests to amend the 
tolerances in 40 CFR 180.507 for residues of the fungicide azoxystrobin 
(methyl (E)-2-(2-[6-(2-cyanophenoxy) pyrimidin-4-yloxy]phenyl)-3-
methoxyacrylate) and the Z isomer of azoxystrobin, (methyl (Z)-2-(2-[6-
(2-cyanophenoxy)pyrimidin-4-yloxy] phenyl)-3-methoxyacrylate), in or on 
animal commodities cattle, fat from 0.03 ppm to 0.3 ppm; hog, fat from 
0.010 ppm to 0.1 ppm and hog, meat from 0.01 to 0.02 ppm. An adequate 
analytical method, GC-NPD or in mobile phase by HPLC with ultra-violet 
(UV) detection (HPLC-UV), is available for enforcement purposes with a 
LOD that allows monitoring of food with residues at or above the levels 
set in these tolerances. The Analytical Chemistry section of the EPA 
concluded that the method(s) are adequate for enforcement. Analytical 
methods are also available for analyzing meat, milk, poultry and eggs 
which also underwent successful independent laboratory validations. 
Contact: Erin Malone, (703) 347-0253, email address: 
malone.erin@epa.gov.
    4. PP 2F7981. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0099). Nichino America, Inc., 4550 
New Linden Hill Road, Suite 501, Wilmington, DE 19808, has requested 
that the established tolerances listed in 40 CFR 180.639 for residues 
of the insecticide flubendiamide per se, (N\2\ -[1,1-dimethyl-2-
(methylsulfonyl)ethyl]-3-iodo-N\1\-[2-methyl-4-[1,2,2,2-tetrafluoro-1-
(trifluoromethyl) ethyl]phenyl]-1,2-benzenedicarboxamide), in or on 
apple, wet pomace be increased from 2.0 ppm to 5.0 ppm; and fruit, 
pome, group 11 be increased from 0.70 ppm to 1.5 ppm. Adequate 
enforcement methodology, LC/MS/MS detection (Methods 00816/M002 and 
00912), is available to enforce the tolerance expression. Contact: 
Carmen Rodia, (703) 306-0327, email address: rodia.carmen@epa.gov.
    5. PP 2F7984. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0283). Syngenta Crop Protection, 
LLC., P.O. Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27419, requests to amend the 
tolerances in 40 CFR 180.507 for residues of the fungicide azoxystrobin 
(methyl (E)-2-(2-[6-(2-cyanophenoxy) pyrimidin-4-yloxy]phenyl)-3-
methoxyacrylate) and the Z isomer of azoxystrobin, (methyl (Z)-2-(2-[6-
(2-cyanophenoxy)pyrimidin-4-yloxy] phenyl)-3-methoxyacrylate), in or on 
barley, hay from 15 ppm to 7 ppm; barley, straw from 7 ppm to 8 ppm; 
barley, grain from 3 ppm to 2 ppm; wheat, forage from 25 ppm to 10 ppm; 
wheat, hay from 15 ppm to 20 ppm; wheat, straw from 4 ppm to 6 ppm and 
grain, aspirated fraction from 420 ppm to 460 ppm and in or on the 
animal commodities cattle, fat from 0.03 ppm to 0.3 ppm; hog, fat from 
0.010 ppm to 0.1 ppm and hog, meat from 0.01 to 0.02 ppm. An adequate 
analytical method, GC-NPD or in mobile phase by HPLC with ultra-violet 
(UV) detection (HPLC-UV), is available for enforcement purposes with a 
LOD that allows monitoring of food with residues at or above the levels 
set in these tolerances. The Analytical Chemistry section of the EPA 
concluded that the method(s) are adequate for enforcement. Analytical 
methods are also available for analyzing meat, milk, poultry and eggs 
which also underwent successful independent laboratory validations. 
Contact: Erin Malone, (703) 347-0253, email address: 
malone.erin@epa.gov.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180

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

    Dated: May 9, 2012.
Lois Rossi,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2012-12126 Filed 5-22-12; 8:45 am]
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