[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 239 (Tuesday, December 15, 2009)]
[Page 66353]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-29593]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0855; FRL-8800-3]

Citric Acid Registration Review Final Decision; Notice of 

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's final 
registration review decision for the pesticide citric acid, case 4024. 
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, that the pesticide can perform its 
intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human 
health or the environment. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  For pesticide specific information, 
contact: K. Avivah Jakob, Antimicrobials Division (7510P), Office of 
Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-1328; 
fax number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: jakob.kathryn@epa.gov.
    For general information on the registration review program, 
contact: Lance Wormell, Antimicrobials Division (7510P), Office of 
Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 603-0523; 
fax number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: wormell.lance@epa.gov.


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 wide range of stakeholders including environmental, human 
health, farm worker, 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. If you have any questions 
regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, 
consult the pesticide specific contact person listed under FOR FURTHER 

B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information?

    EPA has established a docket for this action under docket 
identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0855. 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 
Office of Pesticide Programs (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.

II. Background

A. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.58(c), this notice announces the 
availability of EPA's final registration review decision for citric 
acid, case 4024. Citric acid is a food-contact and non-food contact 
antimicrobial pesticide used in many products for residential and 
public access premises (e.g. kitchen counter tops, bathroom shower 
stalls, toilets, utensils, kitchen cutting boards, diaper pails, 
changing tables, garbage cans, pet area, cafeterias and doctor's 
offices) and as a disinfectant, fruit and vegetable wash, sanitizer, 
virucide, and germicide. It is also an inert ingredient in other 
pesticide products. In addition, citric acid is characterized by low 
toxicity, is biodegradable, and is found extensively in nature.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.57, a registration review decision is the 
Agency's determination whether a pesticide meets, or does not meet, the 
standard for registration in FIFRA. EPA has considered citric acid in 
light of the FIFRA standard for registration. The citric acid Final 
Decision document in the docket describes the Agency's rationale for 
issuing a registration review final decision for this pesticide.
    In addition to the final registration review decision document, the 
registration review docket for citric acid also includes other relevant 
documents related to the registration review of this case. The proposed 
registration review decision was posted to the docket and the public 
was invited to submit any comments or new information. During the 60-
day comment period, no public comments were received.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.58(c), the registration review case docket 
for citric acid will remain open until all actions required in the 
final decision have been completed.
    Background on the registration review program is provided at: 
http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review. Links to earlier 
documents related to the registration review of this pesticide are 
provided at: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/citric_acid/index.htm.

B. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?

    Section 3(g) of FIFRA and 40 CFR part 155, subpart C, provide 
authority for this action.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Antimicrobials, Citric acid, Pesticides 
and pests, Registration review.

    Dated: November 19, 2009.
Betty Shackleford,
Acting Director, Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. E9-29593 Filed 12-14-09; 8:45 a.m.]