[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 220 (Friday, November 14, 2014)]
[Pages 68237-68238]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-26867]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0521; FRL-9918-25]

Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the EPA's receipt of an application 
62719-EUP-AA from Dow AgroSciences LLC, requesting an experimental use 
permit (EUP). The EPA has determined that the permit may be of regional 
and national significance. Therefore, because of the potential 
significance, the EPA is seeking comments on this application.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0521, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit 
electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business 
Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted 
by statute.
     Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket 
Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 
     Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand 
delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the 
instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html. Additional 
instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more 
information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert McNally, Biopesticides and 
Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; main telephone

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number: (703) 305-7090; email address: [email protected].


I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. Although this 
action may be of particular interest to those persons who conduct or 
sponsor research on pesticides, the EPA has not attempted to describe 
all the specific entities that may be affected by this action.

B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for the EPA?

    1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to the EPA 
through regulations.gov or email. 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 the 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 preparing and submitting 
your comments, see the commenting tips at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html.
    3. Environmental justice. The 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 
EPA 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 EPA taking?

    Under section 5 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136c, the EPA can allow manufacturers 
to field test pesticides under development. Manufacturers are required 
to obtain an EUP before testing new pesticides or new uses of 
pesticides if they conduct experimental field tests on 10 acres or more 
of land or one acre or more of water.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 172.11(a), the EPA has determined that the 
following EUP application may be of regional and national significance, 
and therefore is seeking public comment on the EUP application:
    Submitter: Dow AgroSciences LLC, (62719-EUP-AA).
    Pesticide Chemicals: (1) Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A.105 and 
Cry2Ab2 proteins and the genetic material necessary for their 
production (vector PV-ZMIR245) in corn event MON 89034 (OECD Unique 
Identifier: MON-89-34-3), (2) Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein 
and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-
ZMIR39) in corn event MON 88017 (OECD Unique Identifier: MON-88-17-3), 
(3) Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1F protein and the genetic material 
necessary for its production (vector PHP8999) in corn event TC1507 
(OECD Unique Identifier: DAS-15-7-1), (4) Bacillus thuringiensis 
Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins and the genetic material necessary for 
their production (vector PHP17662) in corn event DAS-59122-7 (OECD 
Unique Identifier: DAS-59122-7), and/or (5) Double-stranded ribonucleic 
acid (dsRNA) transcript comprising a DvSnf7 inverted repeat sequence 
derived from western corn rootworm (Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) and 
Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and the genetic material 
necessary for their production (vector PV-ZMIR10871) in corn event MON 
87411 (OECD Unique Identifier: MON-87411-9).
    Summary of Request: Dow AgroSciences LLC, is proposing to test MON 
87411, a new plant-incorporated protectant (PIP) technology, alone and 
in combination with other PIPs in corn to generate data and information 
that is intended to support future PIP registration applications (e.g., 
PIPs with multiple modes of action against corn rootworm and/or 
lepidopteran corn pests). Dow AgroSciences LLC's proposed experimental 
program would begin on January 1, 2015, and go until March 31, 2016; 
would take place on 9,038 acres in Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, 
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, 
Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin; and 
would use 8,720.37 grams of active ingredient. Trial protocols will 
concentrate on seed development for future testing, nursery 
observations of PIPs in various genetic backgrounds, phenotypic and 
agronomic observations, efficacy and yield benefits, and regulatory 
    Following the review of the application and any comments and data 
received in response to this solicitation, the EPA will decide whether 
to issue or deny the EUP request, and if issued, the conditions under 
which it is to be conducted. Any issuance of an EUP will be announced 
in the Federal Register.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.

    Dated: October 24, 2014.
Robert McNally,
Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of 
Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2014-26867 Filed 11-13-14; 8:45 am]