[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 196 (Wednesday, October 8, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58958-58962]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-23552]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0722; FRL-8385-2]


Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain 
Pesticide Registrations and Amend to Terminate Certain Uses

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a 
notice of receipt of requests by the registrants to voluntarily cancel 
and amend their registrations to terminate uses of certain products. 
EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period 
for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments 
within the comment period that would merit its further review of the 
requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests within this 
period. Upon acceptance of these requests, any sale, distribution, or 
use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such 
sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in 
the final order.

DATES: Unless a request is withdrawn by November 7, 2008, orders will 
be issued canceling these registrations. The Agency will consider 
withdrawal requests postmarked no later than November 7, 2008. Comments 
must be received on or before November 7, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0722, 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-
2008-0722. 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:

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                                                        Office Location
         Product Manager              Pesticides         for Mail  and     Telephone  Number    E-mail Address
                                                        Special Courier
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Susan Bartow                      ETO, methamidophos  Special Review and  (703) 603-0065      [email protected]
                                                       Registration Div.                       ov
                                                      Office of
                                                       Pesticide
                                                       Programs (7508P).
                                                      Environmental
                                                       Protection Agency.
                                                      1200 Pennsylvania
                                                       Ave., NW..
                                                      Washington, DC
                                                       20460-0001.
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Andrea Carone                     Thiram              Special Review and  (703) 308-0122      [email protected]
                                                       Registration Div.                       gov
                                                      Office of
                                                       Pesticide
                                                       Programs (7508P).
                                                      Environmental
                                                       Protection Agency.
                                                      1200 Pennsylvania
                                                       Ave., NW..
                                                      Washington, DC
                                                       20460-0001.
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Wilhelmena Livingston             Chloroneb,          Special Review and  (703) 308-8025      livingston.wilhelm
                                   pronamide           Registration Div.                       [email protected]
                                                      Office of
                                                       Pesticide
                                                       Programs (7508P).
                                                      Environmental
                                                       Protection Agency.
                                                      1200 Pennsylvania
                                                       Ave., NW..
                                                      Washington, DC
                                                       20460-0001.
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Joy Schnackenbeck                 Aldicarb            Special Review and  (703) 308-8072      [email protected]
                                                       Registration Div.                       epa.gov
                                                      Office of
                                                       Pesticide
                                                       Programs (7508P).
                                                      Environmental
                                                       Protection Agency.
                                                      1200 Pennsylvania
                                                       Ave., NW..
                                                      Washington, DC
                                                       20460-0001.
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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, 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 
appropriate person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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 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 
reproduced.
    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.

II. Background on the Receipt of Requests to Cancel and Amend 
Registrations to Delete Uses

    This notice announces receipt by EPA of requests from registrants 
to cancel 1 and amend to terminate uses of 29 product registrations. 
Registrants requested EPA to cancel affected product registrations and 
amend to terminate uses of pesticide product registrations identified 
in Tables 1 and 2 of Unit III.

III. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    This notice announces receipt by EPA of requests from 8 registrants 
to cancel and amend to terminate uses of a total of 30 product 
registrations. The affected products and the registrants making the 
requests are identified in Tables 1-3 of this unit.
    Under section 6(f)(1)(A) of FIFRA, registrants may request, at any 
time, that their pesticide registrations be canceled or amended to 
terminate one or more pesticide uses. Section 6(f)(1)(B) of FIFRA 
requires that before acting on a request for voluntary cancellation, 
EPA must provide a 30-day public comment period on the request for 
voluntary cancellation or use termination. In addition, section 
6(f)(1)(C) of FIFRA requires that EPA provide a 180-day comment period 
on a request for voluntary cancellation or termination of any minor 
agricultural use before granting the request, unless:
    1. The registrants request a waiver of the comment period, or
    2. The Administrator determines that continued use of the pesticide 
would pose an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment.
    A request to waive the 180-day comment period has been received for 
all registrations included in this notice: 000264-00330, 000264-00426, 
000264-00729, 000264-00741, 000264-00744, 000264-01020, 000264-AR-81-
0044, 000264-AR-87-0007, 000264-CA-79-0188, 000264-MS-81-0014, 000264-
MS-81-0055, 010330-00016, 010330-00018, 010330-00021, 036736-00002, 
036736-00003, 036736-00004, 036736-00005, 036736-00006, 036736-00007, 
036736-00008, 400-434, 045728-00001, 045728-00021, 062719-00391, 
062719-00578, 062719-00397, 067470-00006, 067470-00007, and 073782-
00002.
    Unless a request is withdrawn by the registrant within the 30-day 
window established in this notice, or if the Agency determines that 
there are substantive comments that warrant further review of this 
request, an order will be issued canceling and amending the affected 
registrations.

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 Table 1.--Product Registrations With Pending Requests for Cancellation
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     EPA Registration Number         Product Name      Active Ingredient
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073782-00002                      Demosan 65W         Chloroneb
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                       Table 2.--Product Registrations With Pending Requests for Amendment
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         Registration Number                Product Name           Active Ingredient         Delete From Use
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000264-00330                          Temik brand 15 grams (g)  Aldicarb                 Alfalfa grown for
                                       aldicarb pesticide                                 coffee, ornamentals,
                                                                                          pecans, seed, sorghum,
                                                                                          sugarcane, tobacco
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000264-00426                          Temik brand 15g aldicarb  Aldicarb                 Alfalfa grown for
                                       pesticide for sale and                             coffee, ornamentals,
                                       use in CA                                          pecans, seed, sorghum,
                                                                                          sugarcane, tobacco
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000264-00729                           Monitor 4                Methamidophos            Cotton
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000264-00741                          Monitor technical         Methamidophos            Cotton
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000264-00744                          Monitor 60% concentrate   Methamidophos            Cotton
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000264-01020                          Monitor 4 spray           Methamidophos            Cotton
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000264-AR-81-0044                     Monitor 4                 Methamidophos            Cotton
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000264-AR-87-0007                     Monitor 4                 Methamidophos            Cotton
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000264-CA-79-0188                     Monitor 4                 Methamidophos            Cotton
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000264-MS-81-0014                     Monitor 4                 Methamidophos            Cotton
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000264-MS-81-0055                     Monitor 4                 Methamidophos            Cotton
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010330-00016                          Ethylene oxide 10% and    ETO                      Basil
                                       carbon dioxide
                                       sterilizing gas
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010330-00018                          20% Ethylene oxide and    ETO                      Basil
                                       80% carbon dioxide
                                       sterilizing gas
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010330-00021                          8.5% Ethylene oxide and   ETO                      Basil
                                       carbon dioxide
                                       sterilizing gas
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036736-00002                          Ethylene oxide 100%       ETO                      Basil
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036736-00003                          Sterilizing gas 3         ETO                      Basil
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036736-00004                          Sterilizing gas 4         ETO                      Basil
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036736-00005                          Sterilizing gas 5         ETO                      Basil
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036736-00006                          Sterilizing gas 6         ETO                      Basil
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036736-00007                          Sterilizing gas 8         ETO                      Basil
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036736-00008                          Ethylene oxide - MUP      ETO                      Basil
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045728-00001                          Thiram technical          Thiram                   Athletic fields,
                                                                                          commercial areas,
                                                                                          homeowner fungicide,
                                                                                          homeowner turf, parks,
                                                                                          sod
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045728-00021                          Thiram 75WP fruit, turf,  Thiram                   Athletic fields,
                                       and vegetable fungicide                            commercial areas,
                                                                                          homeowner fungicide,
                                                                                          homeowner turf, parks,
                                                                                          sod
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400-434                               Thiram 480 DP             Thiram                   Athletic fields,
                                                                                          commercial areas,
                                                                                          homeowner fungicide,
                                                                                          homeowner turf, parks,
                                                                                          sod
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062719-00391                          Kerb 50-W selective       Pronamide                All residential uses
                                       herbicide
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062719-00397                          Kerb 50-W herbicide in    Pronamide                All residential uses
                                       WSP
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062719-00578                          Kerb 3.3 SC               Pronamide                All residential uses
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067470-00006                          Ethylene oxide            ETO                      Basil
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067470-00007                          Ethylene oxide 100 R      ETO                      Basil
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    Table 3 of this unit includes the names and addresses of record for 
the registrants of the products listed in Table 1 and Table 2 of this 
unit.

 Table 3.--Registrants Requesting Voluntary Cancellation and Amendments
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            EPA Company Number                Company Name and Address
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000264                                      Bayer Crop Science, LP
                                            2 T.W., Alexander Dr.
                                            Research Triangle Park, NC
                                             27709
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010330                                      Praxair, Inc.
                                            39 Old Ridgebury Rd.
                                            Danbury, CT 06810-5113
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036736                                      Balchem Corporation
                                            P.O. Box 600
                                            New Hampton, NY 10958
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400                                         Chemtura Corporation
                                            199 Benson Rd.
                                            Middlebury, CT 06749
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045728                                      Taminco, Inc.
                                            21320 Sweet Clover Pl.
                                            Ashburn, VA 20147
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062719                                      Dow Agrosciences, LLLC
                                            9330 Zionsville Rd. 308/2e
                                            Indianapolis, IN 46268-1054
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067470                                      Honeywell Specialty
                                             Chemicals NIC-4
                                            101 Columbia Rd.
                                            Morristown, NJ 07962-1139
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073782                                      Kincaid, Inc.
                                            2805 North Ridge Dr.
                                            P.O. Box 490
                                            Athens, TN 37371
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IV. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?

    Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide 
product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations 
be canceled or amended to terminate one or more uses. FIFRA further 
provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice 
of receipt of any such request in the Federal Register. Thereafter, 
following the public comment period, the Administrator may approve such 
a request.

V. Procedures for Withdrawal of Request and Considerations for 
Reregistration

    Registrants who choose to withdraw a request for cancellation must 
submit such withdrawal in writing to the appropriate person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, postmarked before November 7, 
2008. This written withdrawal of the request for cancellation will 
apply only to the applicable FIFRA section 6(f)(1) request listed in 
this notice. If the products(s) have been subject to a previous 
cancellation action, the effective date of cancellation and all other 
provisions of any earlier cancellation action are controlling.

VI. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks

    Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products 
which are currently in the United States and which were packaged, 
labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the 
cancellation action.

A. Methamidophos

     On April 7, 2002, EPA signed the Interim Reregistration 
Eligibility Decision (IRED) for methamidophos. That IRED specified risk 
mitigation measures including: ``Implement a 5-year phase out of the 
use on cotton.'' In accordance with the IRED, Bayer CropScience has 
submitted a request to voluntarily terminate all cotton uses of the 
methamidophos products listed in Table 2 of Unit III. effective 
September 30, 2009.
    Provisions for the sale, disposition, and use of existing stocks of 
methamidophos products include the following:
     1. All sale or distribution by the registrant of existing stocks 
labeled for use on cotton is prohibited after September 30, 2009, 
unless that sale or distribution is solely for the purpose of 
facilitating disposal or export of the product.
     2. Existing stocks labeled for use on cotton may be sold and 
distributed by persons other than the registrant until July 31, 2010.
     3. Existing stocks labeled for use on cotton may be used until 
September 30, 2010, provided that such use complies with the EPA-
approved label and labeling of the product.

B. Other Chemicals Addressed in this Order

    If the request for voluntary cancellation and use terminations is 
granted as discussed in this unit, the Agency intends to issue a 
cancellation order that will allow persons other than the registrant to 
continue to sell and/or use existing stocks of canceled products until 
such stocks are exhausted, provided that such use is consistent with 
the terms of the previously approved labeling on, or that accompanied, 
the canceled product. The order will specifically prohibit any use of 
existing stocks that is not consistent with such previously approved 
labeling. If, as the Agency currently intends, the final cancellation 
order contains the existing stocks provision just described, the order 
will be sent only to the affected registrants of the canceled products. 
If the Agency determines that

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the final cancellation order should contain existing stocks provisions 
different than the ones just described, the Agency will publish the 
cancellation order in the Federal Register.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: September 25, 2008.
 Steven Bradbury,
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of 
Pesticide Programs.
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