[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 183 (Wednesday, September 23, 2009)]
[Pages 48558-48559]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-22810]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0625; FRL-8437-9]

Receipt of Application; Comment Request

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: EPA is making available for comment a registration application 
submitted by Scimetrics Ltd. Corp. requesting the addition of the 
black-tailed prairie dog and their host fleas for the chemical 
combination of the anticoagulant rodenticide, diphacinone and the 
insecticide, imidacloprid. Diphacinone and imidacloprid are chemicals 
currently registered with the Agency. In consideration of recent public 
interest in pesticide products intended to control the black-tailed 
prairie dog, EPA is providing public notice of its receipt of this 
application and an opportunity for the public to comment on the 

DATES: Comments must be received on or before October 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0625, 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 docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-
2009-0625. 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 website 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 
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: Dan Peacock, Registration Division 
(7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone 
number: (703) 305-5407; e-mail address: peacock.dan@epa.gov.


I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of interest to various environmental groups, farmers, 
ranchers, state regulatory partners, other interested federal agencies, 
members of the public interested in the sale, distribution, or use of 
pesticides, and other pesticide registrants and pesticide users. Since 
other entities may also be interested, the Agency has not attempted to 
describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. 
If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to 
a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER 

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

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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. 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 pesticides 
discussed in this document, compared to the general population.

II. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    EPA is making available for comment a registration application for 
a product containing the chemical combination of the anticoagulant 
rodenticide, diphacinone and the insecticide, imidacloprid, to control 
black-tailed prairie dogs and their host fleas. EPA is providing this 
comment opportunity because it believes that pesticide products 
intended to control black-tailed prairie dogs have been the subject of 
particular public interest in recent years. Diphacinone is currently 
registered for use against rodents, including Norway rats, roof rats, 
house mice, ground squirrels, and voles. Imidacloprid is currently 
registered as an insecticide to control host fleas on the California 
ground squirrel. EPA will evaluate all comments received during the 
public comment period. The application would, if accepted by EPA, allow 
the use of diphacinone and imidacloprid for the control of the black-
tailed prairie dogs and their host fleas.
    A copy of the application (with information claimed by the 
applicant as CBI redacted) is available for public review in the docket 
established for this new use application as described under ADDRESSES.
    Following the review of the application, and any comments and data 
received in response to this solicitation, EPA will decide whether to 
issue or deny the registration application, and if issued, the 
conditions under which it is to be granted.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Receipt of application.

    Dated: September 14, 2009.
Lois Rossi,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. E9-22810 Filed 9-22-09; 8:45 am]