[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 248 (Wednesday, December 24, 2008)]
[Pages 79097-79099]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-30380]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-1070; FRL-8391-4]

L-Latic Acid Registration Review Final Work Plan and Proposed 
Registration Review Decision; Notice of Availability

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's Final Work 
Plan and Proposed Registration Review Decision for the pesticides case 
L-Latic Acid, and opens a public comment period on the proposed 
registration review decision. 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 
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.

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

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) numbers EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0383 for L-Latic Acid 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'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 and the 
regulatory contact listed under Table 1 for the case you are submitting 
a comment. 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

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of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.
    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index 
available in regulations.gov. To access the electronic docket, go to 
http://www.regulations.gov, select ``Advanced Search,'' then ``Docket 
Search.'' Insert the docket ID number where indicated and select the 
``Submit'' button. Follow the instructions on the regulations.gov 
website to view the docket index or access available documents. 
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) 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the pesticide 
included in this document, contact the specific Chemical Review Manager 
as identified in the table in Unit II.
    For general questions on the registration review program, contact 
Kevin Costello, Special Review and Reregistration 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: 
[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 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 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 
    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

A. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    This notice opens a 60-day public comment period on the subject 
proposed registration review decision. The Agency is proposing 
registration a review decision for the pesticide case shown in the 
following Table.

    Table 1.--Registration Review Dockets - Proposed Final Decisions
                                                      Regulatory Contact
  Registration Review Case Name    Pesticide Docket       name, Phone
           and Number                  ID Number        Number, E-mail
L-Latic Acid; Case 6062           EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-03  Andrew Bryceland;
                                   83                 (703) 305-6928;
                                                      [email protected]

    The docket for registration review of this pesticide case includes 
earlier documents related to the registration review of the subject 
case. For example, the review opened with the posting of a Summary 
Document, containing a Preliminary Work Plan (PWP), for public comment. 
Because no comments were received, and because the Agency required no 
further risk assessments to complete registration review of this case, 
the Final Work Plan and Proposed Decision were combined into a single 
document. The documents in the initial docket described the Agency's 
rationale for not conducting new risk assessments for the registration 
review of L-Latic Acid. This proposed registration review decision now 
included in the docket continue to be supported by those rationales 
included in documents in the initial docket. Following public comment, 
the Agency will issue a final registration review decision for this 
    The registration review program is being conducted under 
congressionally mandated time frames, and EPA recognizes the need both 
to make timely decisions and to involve the public. Section 3(g) of the 
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) as amended 
in 1996 required EPA to establish by regulation procedures for 
reviewing pesticide registrations, originally with a goal of reviewing 
each pesticide's registration every 15 years to ensure that a pesticide 
continues to meet the FIFRA standard for registration. The Agency's 
final rule to implement this program was issued in August 2006 and 
became effective in

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October 2006 and appears at 40 CFR 155.40. The Pesticide Registration 
Improvement Act of 2003 (``PRIA'') was amended and extended in 
September 2007. FIFRA as amended by PRIA in 2007 requires EPA to 
complete registration review decisions by October 1, 2022 for all 
pesticides registered as of October 1, 2007. The registration review 
final rule provides for a minimum 60-day public comment period for all 
proposed registration review decisions.
    This comment period is intended to provide an opportunity for 
public input and a mechanism for initiating any necessary amendments to 
the proposed decision. All comments should be submitted using the 
methods in ADDRESSES, and must be received by EPA on or before the 
closing date. These comments will become part of the Agency Docket for 
L-Latic Acid. Comments received after the close of the comment period 
will be marked ``late.'' EPA is not required to consider these late 
comments. The Agency will carefully consider all comments received by 
the closing date and will provide a Response to Comments Memorandum in 
the Docket and www.regulations.gov. The final registration review 
decisions will explain the effect that any comments have had on the 
    Background on the registration review program is provided at: 
http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/. Quick links to 
earlier documents related to the registration review of this pesticide 
are provided at: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/reg_review_status.htm/.

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

    FIFRA Section 3(g) and 40 CFR 155.40 provide authority for this 

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Registration review, Pesticides and 
pests, L-Latic Acid.

    Dated: December 4, 2008.
Janet L. Andersen,
Director, Biopesticide and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of 
Pesticide Programs

[FR Doc. E8-30380 Filed 12-23-08; 8:45 am]