[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 44 (Wednesday, March 6, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 14487-14490]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04934]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 180

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0360; FRL-9380-8]


Tetrachlorvinphos; Proposed Extension of Time-Limited Interim 
Pesticide Tolerances

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: This regulation proposes the extension of the time-limited 
interim tolerances for the combined residues of the insecticide 
tetrachlorvinphos, including its metabolites, in or on multiple 
commodities which are identified in Unit III of this document, under 
the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 11, 2013.

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ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0360, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online 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), (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: Carmen Rodia, Registration Division 
(7504P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone 
number: (703) 306-0327; email address: rodia.carmen@epa.gov.

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. 
The following list of North American Industrial Classification System 
(NAICS) codes is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a 
guide to help readers determine whether this document applies to them. 
Potentially affected entities may include:
     Crop production (NAICS code 111).
     Animal production (NAICS code 112).
     Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311).
     Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532).

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.

II. Background

    A detailed summary of the background related to EPA's extension of 
the time-limited interim tolerances for the combined residues of the 
insecticide tetrachlorvinphos, including its metabolites, in or on 
multiple commodities can be found in the Federal Register notices of 
June 8, 2011 (76 FR 33184) (FRL-8874-7) and September 16, 2011 (76 FR 
57657) (FRL-8887-5). The referenced documents are available in the 
docket established by this action, which is described under ADDRESSES. 
Locate and click on the hyperlink for docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-
0360. Double-click on the documents to view the referenced background 
summary information.

III. Proposal

    EPA, on its own initiative, under section 408(e) of the FFDCA, 21 
U.S.C. 346a(e), is proposing to extend the expiration dates of the 
time-limited interim tolerances for the combined residues of the 
insecticide tetrachlorvinphos, including its metabolites, in or on 
cattle, fat (of which no more than 0.1 part per million (ppm) is 
tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 0.2 ppm; cattle, kidney (of which no more 
than 0.05 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 1.0 ppm; cattle, liver 
(of which no more than 0.05 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 0.5 
ppm; cattle, meat (of which no more than 2.0 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos 
per se) at 2.0 ppm; cattle, meat byproducts, except kidney and liver at 
1.0 ppm; egg (of which no more than 0.05 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per 
se) at 0.2 ppm; hog, fat (of which no more than 0.1 ppm is 
tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 0.2 ppm; hog, kidney (of which no more 
than 0.05 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 1.0 ppm; hog, liver (of 
which no more than 0.05 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 0.5 ppm; 
hog, meat (of which no more than 2.0 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se) 
at 2.0 ppm; hog, meat byproducts, except kidney and liver at 1.0 ppm; 
milk, fat (reflecting negligible residues in whole milk and of which no 
more than 0.05 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 0.05 ppm; poultry, 
fat (of which no more than 7.0 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 7.0 
ppm; poultry, liver (of which no more than 0.05 ppm is 
tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 2.0 ppm; poultry, meat (of which no more 
than 3.0 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se) at 3.0 ppm; and poultry, meat 
byproducts, except liver at 2.0 ppm. The existing tolerances, which are 
found in 40 CFR 180.252 will expire on March 18, 2013. EPA is proposing 
a new expiration date of August 18, 2013, for these tolerances.
    As discussed in the previous rulemakings, these time-limited 
interim tolerances for tetrachlorvinphos, and its metabolites, have 
been determined to be safe based on previously submitted magnitude of 
residue data. See the 2011 proposed and final rules (76 FR 33184, June 
8, 2011 and 76 FR 57657, September 16, 2011); the 2008 proposed and 
final rules (73 FR 6867, February 6, 2008 and 73 FR 53732, September 
17, 2008); and the 2002 notice (67 FR 52985, Aug. 14, 2002). In order 
to support making these tolerances permanent, EPA required the 
submission of new magnitude of residue data. The registrant submitted 
livestock magnitude of residue data, and storage stability data to 
support previously submitted magnitude of residue data in poultry and 
cattle, and a waiver request for the swine magnitude of residue data. 
Based on that data, EPA has concluded that the data confirm previous 
findings made by the Agency with regard to the

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level of residues of tetrachlorvinphos in livestock commodities and 
consequently, the safety finding for these tolerances. The Agency is 
proposing an interim extension of the expiration dates of these time-
limited interim tolerances in order to maintain the status quo while 
allowing the public a sufficient time to comment on the proposal to 
make these time-limited interim tolerances permanent.

IV. Shortened Comment Period

    FFDCA section 408(e)(2) requires a comment period of not less than 
60 days on EPA tolerance actions proposed on the Agency's initiative 
unless EPA ``for good cause finds that a shorter comment period would 
be in the public interest * * *.'' EPA has determined that such good 
cause exists here. This rulemaking is intended to provide an interim 
extension of the existing time-limited tolerances for tetrachlorvinphos 
to allow the Agency sufficient time to comply with the procedural 
requirements of section 408(e)(2). As indicated in Unit III, EPA's 
review of the submitted data confirms the Agency's previous safety 
findings and supports allowing these tolerances to remain in effect, 
and EPA intends to initiate a section 408(e) rulemaking to amend these 
time-limited tolerances to be permanent.
    The existing time-limited interim tolerances are set to expire on 
March 18, 2013, which does not allow sufficient time for the Agency to 
provide a 60-day public comment period on a proposal to make these 
tolerances permanent. EPA intends to give the public the full 60 days 
to comment on this proposal, so it is proposing to extend the 
expiration date of the existing time-limited tolerances to maintain the 
status quo for the duration of the rulemaking to make the time-limited 
tolerances permanent. It is in the public interest to retain the 
existing tolerances for a sufficient period to enable the public to 
have an adequate opportunity to comment on the Agency's proposal to 
make these tolerances permanent; thus, EPA concludes there is good 
cause to limit the comment period for this interim proposal to 5 days.

V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    This proposed rule proposes to amend a tolerance under FFDCA 
section 408(e). The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has exempted 
these types of actions from review under Executive Order 12866, 
entitled ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' (58 FR 51735, October 4, 
1993). Because this proposed rule has been exempted from review under 
Executive Order 12866 due to its lack of significance, this proposed 
rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, entitled ``Actions 
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use'' (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001). This proposed rule 
does not contain any information collections subject to OMB approval 
under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), or 
impose any enforceable duty or contain any unfunded mandate as 
described under Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 
(UMRA) (2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.). Nor does it require any special 
considerations under Executive Order 12898, entitled ``Federal Actions 
to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income 
Populations'' (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994); or OMB review or any 
Agency action under Executive Order 13045, entitled ``Protection of 
Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks'' (62 FR 
19885, April 23, 1997). This action does not involve any technical 
standards that would require Agency consideration of voluntary 
consensus standards pursuant to section 12(d) of the National 
Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 
note). Pursuant to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Agency hereby certifies that this 
proposed action will not have significant negative economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities. In fact, this rule will have no 
impact because it merely maintains the status quo by leaving in effect 
existing tolerances for 5 months beyond the existing expiration dates. 
In addition, the Agency has determined that this action will not have a 
substantial direct effect on States, on the relationship between the 
national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government, as specified 
in Executive Order 13132, entitled ``Federalism'' (64 FR 43255, August 
10, 1999). Executive Order 13132 requires EPA to develop an accountable 
process to ensure ``meaningful and timely input by State and local 
officials in the development of regulatory policies that have 
federalism implications.'' ``Policies that have federalism 
implications'' is defined in the Executive order to include regulations 
that have ``substantial direct effects on the States, on the 
relationship between the national government and the States, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of 
government.'' This proposed rule directly regulates growers, food 
processors, food handlers, and food retailers, not States. This action 
does not alter the relationships or distribution of power and 
responsibilities established by Congress in the preemption provisions 
of FFDCA section 408(n)(4). For these same reasons, the Agency has 
determined that this proposed rule does not have any ``tribal 
implications'' as described in Executive Order 13175, entitled 
``Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments'' (65 FR 
67249, November 9, 2000). Executive Order 13175 requires EPA to develop 
an accountable process to ensure ``meaningful and timely input by 
tribal officials in the development of regulatory policies that have 
tribal implications.'' ``Policies that have tribal implications'' is 
defined in the Executive order to include regulations that have 
``substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, on the 
relationship between the Federal Government and the Indian tribes, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal 
Government and Indian tribes.'' This proposed rule will not have 
substantial direct effects on tribal governments, on the relationship 
between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the 
distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal 
Government and Indian tribes, as specified in Executive Order 13175. 
Thus, Executive Order 13175 does not apply to this proposed rule.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Agricultural commodities, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: February 26, 2013.
G. Jeffrey Herndon,
Acting Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
    Therefore, it is proposed that 40 CFR chapter I be amended as 
follows:

PART 180--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 180 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  21 U.S.C. 321(q), 346a and 371.

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2. In Sec.  180.252, paragraph (a), revise the table to read as 
follows:


Sec.  180.252  Tetrachlorvinphos; tolerances for residues.

    (a) * * *

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                                                             Expiration/
                  Commodity                      Parts per    revocation
                                                  million        date
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Cattle, fat (of which no more than 0.1 ppm is          0.2       8/18/13
 tetrachlorvinphos per se)...................
Cattle, kidney (of which no more than 0.05             1.0       8/18/13
 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se)............
Cattle, liver (of which no more than 0.05 ppm          0.5       8/18/13
 is tetrachlorvinphos per se)................
Cattle, meat (of which no more than 2.0 ppm            2.0       8/18/13
 is tetrachlorvinphos per se)................
Cattle, meat byproducts, except kidney and             1.0       8/18/13
 liver.......................................
Egg (of which no more than 0.05 ppm is                 0.2       8/18/13
 tetrachlorvinphos per se)...................
Hog, fat (of which no more than 0.1 ppm is             0.2       8/18/13
 tetrachlorvinphos per se)...................
Hog, kidney (of which no more than 0.05 ppm            1.0       8/18/13
 is tetrachlorvinphos per se)................
Hog, liver (of which no more than 0.05 ppm is          0.5       8/18/13
 tetrachlorvinphos per se)...................
Hog, meat (of which no more than 2.0 ppm is            2.0       8/18/13
 tetrachlorvinphos per se)...................
Hog, meat byproducts, except kidney and liver          1.0       8/18/13
Milk, fat (reflecting negligible residues in           0.05      8/18/13
 whole milk and of which no more than 0.05
 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se)............
Poultry, fat (of which no more than 7.0 ppm            7.0       8/18/13
 is tetrachlorvinphos per se)................
Poultry, liver (of which no more than 0.05             2.0       8/18/13
 ppm is tetrachlorvinphos per se)............
Poultry, meat (of which no more than 3.0 ppm           3.0       8/18/13
 is tetrachlorvinphos per se)................
Poultry, meat byproducts, except liver.......          2.0       8/18/13
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