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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
40 CFR Part 180

[PP 3F4232/R2062; FRL-4864-2]
RIN 2070-AB78

 

Acetochlor; Pesticide Tolerances

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This document establishes tolerances for residues of the 
herbicide acetochlor (2-chloro-2`-methyl-6-ethyl-N-ethoxymethyl 
acetanilide) and its metabolites containing the ethyl methyl aniline 
(EMA) moiety and the hydroxyethyl methyl aniline (HEMA) moiety, to be 
analyzed as acetochlor, and expressed as acetochlor equivalents, in or 
on the raw agricultural commodities (RACs) wheat grain at 0.02 part per 
million (ppm) and sorghum grain at 0.02 ppm. This regulation was 
requested by the Acetochlor Registration Partnership and establishes 
the maximum permissible level for residues of the herbicide in or on 
the raw agricultural commodities.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This regulation becomes effective May 25, 1994.

ADDRESSES: Written objections, identified by the document control 
number, [PP 3F4232/R2062], may be submitted to: Hearing Clerk (1900), 
Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. M3708, 401 M St., SW., Washington, 
DC 20460. A copy of any objections and hearing requests filed with the 
Hearing Clerk should be identified by the document control number and 
submitted to: Public Response and Program Resources Branch, Field 
Operations Division (7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. 
In person, bring copy of objections and hearing requests to: Rm. 1132, 
CM #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202. Fees 
accompanying objections shall be labeled ``Tolerance Petition Fees'' 
and forwarded to: EPA Headquarters Accounting Operations Branch, OPP 
(Tolerance Fees), P.O. Box 360277M, Pittsburgh, PA 15251.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By mail: Robert J. Taylor, Product 
Manager (PM) 25, Registration Division (7505C), Environmental 
Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. Office 
location and telephone number: Rm. 241, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 
Arlington, VA 22202, (703)-305-6800.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Federal Register of March 30, 1994 
(59 FR 14824), EPA issued a proposed rule that gave notice that 
pursuant to petitions by the Acetochlor Registration Partnership 
(formed by Monsanto Co. and Zeneca Ag. Products (see the Federal 
Register of March 23, 1994 (13655))) under section 408 of the Federal 
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. 346a, it was proposed to 
establish tolerances for residues of the herbicide acetochlor (2-
chloro-2`-methyl-6-ethyl-N-ethoxymethyl acetanilide) and its 
metabolites containing the ethyl methyl aniline (EMA) moiety and the 
hydroxyethyl methyl aniline (HEMA) moiety, to be analyzed as 
acetochlor, and expressed as acetochlor equivalents, in or on the raw 
agricultural commodities (RACs) wheat grain at 0.02 ppm and sorghum 
grain at 0.02 ppm.
    There were no comments or requests for referral to an advisory 
committee received in response to the proposed rule.
    The data submitted on the proposal and other relevant material have 
been evaluated and discussed in the proposed rule. Based on the data 
and information considered, the Agency concludes that the tolerances 
will protect the public health. Therefore, the tolerances are 
established as set forth below.
    Any person adversely affected by this regulation may, within 30 
days after publication of this document in the Federal Register, file 
written objections and/or request a hearing with the Hearing Clerk, at 
the address given above (40 CFR 178.20). A copy of the objections and/
or hearing requests filed with the Hearing Clerk should be submitted to 
the OPP docket for this rulemaking. The objections submitted must 
specify the provisions of the regulation deemed objectionable and the 
grounds for the objections (40 CFR 178.25). Each objection must be 
accompanied by the fee prescribed by 40 CFR 180.33(i). If a hearing is 
requested, the objections must include a statement of the factual 
issue(s) on which a hearing is requested, the requestor's contentions 
on such issues, and a summary of any evidence relied upon by the 
objector (40 CFR 178.27). A request for a hearing will be granted if 
the Administrator determines that the material submitted shows the 
following: There is a genuine and substantial issue of fact; there is a 
reasonable possibility that available evidence identified by the 
requestor would, if established, resolve one or more of such issues in 
favor of the requestor, taking into account uncontested claims or facts 
to the contrary; and resolution of the factual issue(s) in the manner 
sought by the requestor would be adequate to justify the action 
requested (40 CFR 178.32).
    Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993), the Agency 
must determine whether the regulatory action is ``significant'' and 
therefore subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) and the requirements of the Executive Order. Under section 3(f), 
the order defines a ``significant regulatory action'' as an action that 
is likely to result in a rule (1) having an annual effect on the 
economy of $100 million or more, or adversely and materially affecting 
a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the 
environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal 
governments or communities (also referred to as ``economically 
significant''); (2) creating serious inconsistency or otherwise 
interfering with an action taken or planned by another agency; (3) 
materially altering the budgetary impacts of entitlement, grants, user 
fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients 
thereof; or (4) raising novel legal or policy issues arising out of 
legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth 
in this Executive Order.
    Pursuant to the terms of the Executive Order, EPA has determined 
that this rule is not ``significant'' and is therefore not subject to 
OMB review.
    Pursuant to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(Pub. L. 96-354, 94 Stat. 1164, 5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Administrator 
has determined that regulations establishing new tolerances or raising 
tolerance levels or establishing exemptions from tolerance requirements 
do not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. A certification statement to this effect was published 
in the Federal Register of May 4, 1981 (46 FR 24950).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180

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

Dated: May 13, 1994.

Douglas D. Campt,
Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.

    Therefore, 40 CFR part 180 is amended as follows:

PART 180--[AMENDED]

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

    Authority: 21 U.S.C. 346a and 371.

    2. By amending Sec. 180.470 in the table therein by adding and 
alphabetically inserting the following commodities, to read as follows:


Sec. 180.470  Acetochlor; tolerances for residues.

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                                                              Parts per 
                         Commodity                             million  
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Sorghum, grain.............................................         0.02
                                                                        
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Wheat, grain...............................................         0.02
                                                                        
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[FR Doc. 94-12699 Filed 5-24-94; 8:45 am]
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