[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 240 (Wednesday, December 15, 2010)]
[Pages 78243-78244]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-31338]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0650; FRL-8855-5]

Propionic Acid and Salts, Urea Sulfate, Methidathion, and Methyl 
Parathion; Registration Review Final Decisions; Notice of Availability

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's final 
registration review decisions for the pesticides propionic acid and 
salts, case no. 4078, urea sulfate, case no. 7213, methidathion, case 
no. 0034, and methyl parathion, case no. 0153. 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: The chemical review manager identified in Table 1 of Unit II 
for the pesticide of interest.
    For general information on the registration review program, 
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; e-mail address: 


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-2010-0650. 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 decisions for the 
pesticides in the table below--propionic acid and salts, case 4078, 
urea sulfate, case no. 7213, methidathion, case no. 0034, and methyl 
parathion, case no. 0153. The active ingredient propionic acid is a 
fungicide and bactericide that is used to control fungi and bacteria in 
stored hay and grains, inhibit bacterial growth in drinking water for 
livestock and poultry, control mold and fungi in poultry litter and 
animal feed, and sanitize pre-cleaned food contact surfaces. Propionic 
acid is also used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations. 
Propionic acid and its salts, sodium and calcium propionates, are 
approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States 
as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for use in food. Propionic acid 
and salts, are exempt from the requirement of a tolerance. Urea sulfate 
is used as a desiccant on cotton. No food crop uses remain and all 
tolerances for urea sulfate have been deleted. Methidathion is a non-
systemic, organophosphate (OP) used as an insecticide/acaricide on a 
wide variety of terrestrial food and feed crops and terrestrial non-
food crops. Methyl parathion is a restricted use OP insecticide and 
acaricide registered for use on a variety of food and feed crops, with 
the majority of use occurring on cotton, corn, and rice.

          Table--Registration Review Cases With Final Decisions
                                                       Chemical review
  Registration review case     Pesticide Docket ID   manager, telephone
        name and No.                   No.           No., e-mail address
Propionic Acid and Salts--    EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0024  Wilhelmena
 4078.                                               Livingston, (703)
Urea Sulfate--7213..........  EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0202  Andrea Mojica, (703)
Methidathion--0034..........  EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0723  Jose Gayoso, (703)
Methyl Parathion--0153......  EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0332  Kelly Ballard, (703)

    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 propionic acid 
and salts, urea sulfate, methidathion, and methyl parathion in light of 
the FIFRA standard for registration. The propionic acid and salts, urea 
sulfate, methidathion, and methyl parathion Final Decision documents in 
the docket describes the Agency's rationale for issuing a registration 
review final decision for these pesticides.
    In addition to the final registration review decision documents, 
the registration review docket for propionic acid and salts, urea 
sulfate, methidathion and methyl parathion also

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includes other relevant documents related to the registration review of 
these cases. The proposed registration review decisions were posted to 
the docket and the public was invited to submit any comments or new 
information. During the 60-day comment period, the public comments 
received were not substantive and did not affect the Agency's final 
decisions. Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.58(c), the registration review case 
docket for propionic acid and salts, urea sulfate, methidathion, and 
methyl parathion will remain open until all actions required in the 
final decisions 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 these chemicals are 
provided at: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/propionic_acid/index.htm., http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/urea_sulfate/index.htm., http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/methidathion/index.htm., http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/methyl-parathion/index.html.

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, Pesticides and pests, Propionic acid and 
salts, Urea sulfate, Methidathion, and Methyl parathion.

    Dated: December 7, 2010.
Richard P. Keigwin, Jr.,
Director, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division, Office of Pesticide 
[FR Doc. 2010-31338 Filed 12-14-10; 8:45 am]