[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 187 (Wednesday, September 26, 2012)]
[Pages 59188-59190]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23520]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0736; FRL-9362-2]

Registration Review; Pesticide Dockets Opened for Review and 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: EPA is opening the public comment period for several 
registration reviews. 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, the pesticide 
can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects 
on human health or the environment. Registration review dockets contain 
information that will assist the public in understanding the types of 
information and issues that the Agency may consider during the course 
of registration reviews. 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. 
This document announces the Agency's intent not to open a registration 
review docket for bitertanol (case 8007), tridemorph (case 
8009), and bethoxazin (case 5110). These pesticides 
do not currently have any actively registered pesticide products and 
are not, therefore, scheduled for review under the registration review 

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 26, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments identified by the docket identification 
(ID) number for the specific pesticide of interest provided in the 
table in Unit III.A., 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 
     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 pesticide specific information contact: The Chemical Review 
Manager identified in the table in Unit III.A. for the pesticide of 
    For general information 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; email address: [email protected].


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

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wide range of stakeholders including environmental, human health, 
farmworker, 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.

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 
    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 
pesticide(s) discussed in this document, compared to the general 

II. Authority

    EPA is initiating its reviews of the pesticides identified in this 
document pursuant to section 3(g) of the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Procedural Regulations 
for Registration Review at 40 CFR part 155, subpart C. Section 3(g) of 
FIFRA provides, among other things, that the registrations of 
pesticides are to be reviewed every 15 years. Under FIFRA, a pesticide 
product may be registered or remain registered only if it meets the 
statutory standard for registration given in FIFRA section 3(c)(5). 
When used in accordance with widespread and commonly recognized 
practice, the pesticide product must perform its intended function 
without unreasonable adverse effects on the environment; that is, 
without any unreasonable risk to man or the environment, or a human 
dietary risk from residues that result from the use of a pesticide in 
or on food.

III. Registration Reviews

A. What action is the Agency taking?

    As directed by FIFRA section 3(g), EPA is reviewing the pesticide 
registrations identified in the table in this unit to assure that they 
continue to satisfy the FIFRA standard for registration--that is, they 
can still be used without unreasonable adverse effects on human health 
or the environment. A pesticide's registration review begins when the 
Agency establishes a docket for the pesticide's registration review 
case and opens the docket for public review and comment. At present, 
EPA is opening registration review dockets for the cases identified in 
the following table.

               Table--Registration Review Dockets Opening
                                                      Chemical review
 Registration review case name    Docket ID No.      manager, telephone
            and No.                                number, email address
Acetamiprid (Case 7617).                        329.               8019,
                                                    [email protected].
Diflubenzuron (Case 144).                         714.               (703) 347-0249,
                                                    [email protected].
Halofenozide (Case 7425).                        231.               308-8172,
                                                    [email protected].
Metribuzin (Case 181)  EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0  Dana Friedman, (703)
                                 487.               347-8827,
                                                    [email protected].
Norflurazon (Case 229).                         565.               347-0248,
                                                    [email protected].
Pendimethalin (Case 187).                         219.               347-0248,
                                                    [email protected].
Rimsulfuron (Case 7218).                        178.               347-8652,
                                                    [email protected].
Tefluthrin (Case 7409).                        501.               603-0552,
                                                    [email protected].
Thiacloprid (Case 7622).                        218.               Livingston, (703)
                                                    [email protected].
Triflusulfuron (Case 7236).                        605.               308-0122,
                                                    [email protected].
4-t-Amylphenol, and salts       EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0  Seiichi Murasaki,
 (Case 3016).           682.               (703) 347-0163,
                                                    [email protected].
Ammonium bromide (Case 5002).                        683.               Hagen, (703) 305-
                                                    6785, [email protected].
Didecyl dimethyl ammonium       EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0  Wanda Henson, ( 703)
 carbonate and didecyl           651.               308-6345,
 dimethyl ammonium bicarbonate                      [email protected]
 (Case 5014).                              .
Ammonium sulfate (Case 5073).                        684.               Hagen, (703) 305-
                                                    6785, [email protected].

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Ammonia (Case 7440)..  EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0  Rebecca von dem
                                 684.               Hagen, (703) 305-
                                                    6785, [email protected].
1,4 DMN (Case 6029)..  EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0  Colin Walsh, (703)
                                 670.               308-0298,
                                                    [email protected].
Cytokinins (Case 4107).                        671.               308-0352,
                                                    [email protected].
Phosphoric acid and salts       EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0  Menyon Adams, (703)
 (Case 6072).           672.               347-8496,
                                                    [email protected]
Harpin Proteins (Case 6010).                        641.               (703) 347-8920,
                                                    [email protected].

    EPA is also announcing that it will not be opening dockets for 
bitertanol (case 8007), tridemorph (case 8009), and 
bethoxazin (case 5110) because these pesticides are not 
included in any products actively registered under FIFRA section 3. The 
Agency will take separate actions to cancel any remaining FIFRA section 
24(c) Special Local Needs registrations with these active ingredients 
and to propose revocation of any affected tolerances that are not 
supported for import purposes only.

 B. Docket Content

    1. Review dockets. The registration review dockets contain 
information that the Agency may consider in the course of the 
registration review. The Agency may include information from its files 
including, but not limited to, the following information:
     An overview of the registration review case status.
     A list of current product registrations and registrants.
     Federal Register notices regarding any pending 
registration actions.
     Federal Register notices regarding current or pending 
     Risk assessments.
     Bibliographies concerning current registrations.
     Summaries of incident data.
     Any other pertinent data or information.
    Each docket contains a document summarizing what the Agency 
currently knows about the pesticide case and a preliminary work plan 
for anticipated data and assessment needs. Additional documents provide 
more detailed information. During this public comment period, the 
Agency is asking that interested persons identify any additional 
information they believe the Agency should consider during the 
registration reviews of these pesticides. The Agency identifies in each 
docket the areas where public comment is specifically requested, though 
comment in any area is welcome.
    2. Other related information. More information on these cases, 
including the active ingredients for each case, may be located in the 
registration review schedule on the Agency's Web site at http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/schedule.htm. Information on 
the Agency's registration review program and its implementing 
regulation may be seen at http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review.
    3. Information submission requirements. Anyone may submit data or 
information in response to this document. To be considered during a 
pesticide's registration review, the submitted data or information must 
meet the following requirements:
     To ensure that EPA will consider data or information 
submitted, interested persons must submit the data or information 
during the comment period. The Agency may, at its discretion, consider 
data or information submitted at a later date.
     The data or information submitted must be presented in a 
legible and useable form. For example, an English translation must 
accompany any material that is not in English and a written transcript 
must accompany any information submitted as an audiographic or 
videographic record. Written material may be submitted in paper or 
electronic form.
     Submitters must clearly identify the source of any 
submitted data or information.
     Submitters may request the Agency to reconsider data or 
information that the Agency rejected in a previous review. However, 
submitters must explain why they believe the Agency should reconsider 
the data or information in the pesticide's registration review.
    As provided in 40 CFR 155.58, the registration review docket for 
each pesticide case will remain publicly accessible through the 
duration of the registration review process; that is, until all actions 
required in the final decision on the registration review case have 
been completed.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: September 14, 2012.
Richard P. Keigwin, Jr.,
Director, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division, Office of Pesticide 
[FR Doc. 2012-23520 Filed 9-25-12; 8:45 am]