[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 115 (Thursday, June 14, 2018)]
[Pages 27765-27766]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-12815]



[EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0769; FRL-9978-37]

Difenacoum; Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel 
Certain Pesticide Registrations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests 
by the registrant to voluntarily cancel its registrations of products 
containing the pesticide difenacoum. The requests would terminate the 
last difenacoum products registered for use in the United States. 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 registrant withdraws its requests. If these 
requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed 
in this notice will be permitted after the registration has been 
cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with 
the terms as described in the final order.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 16, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0769, 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: Julie Javier, Pesticide Re-Evaluation 
Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 347-0790; email 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, 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.

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 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 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.

II. Background on the Receipt of Requests To Cancel Registrations

    This notice announces receipt by EPA of requests from registrant 
Woodstream Corporation to cancel all their difenacoum product 
registrations. Difenacoum is a second generation anticoagulant 
rodenticide used in and around homes, buildings, and in commercial 
transportation vehicles. It is formulated as ready-to-use pelleted bait 
to control rats and mice. In letters dated October 19, 2017 and April 
4, 2018, Woodstream Corporation requested EPA to cancel the pesticide 
product registrations identified in Table 1 of Unit III. They also 
requested that the timeframe for the existing stocks provisions be two 
years from the date of the 90-day response to the GDCI, i.e., to 
October 18, 2019. (The 90-day response to the DCI is dated October 19, 
2017, where the registrant requested to cancel EPA Registration Nos. 
36488-66 and 47629-12. They followed this up with a request dated April 
4, 2018, to cancel the rest of the registrations identified in Table 1 
of Unit III.) The registrant does not expect any significant adverse 
effects to public health or the environment as a result. The 
registrant's request will terminate the last difenacoum products 
registered in the United States.

III. What action is the Agency taking?

    This notice announces receipt by EPA of requests from a registrant 
to cancel all difenacoum product registrations. The affected products 
and the registrant making the requests are identified in Tables 1 and 2 
of this unit.
    Unless a request is withdrawn by the registrant or if the Agency 
determines that there are substantive comments that warrant further 
review of this request, EPA intends to issue an order canceling the 
affected registrations.

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                Table 1--Difenacoum Product Registrations With Pending Requests for Cancellation
          Registration No.                    Product name                             Company
36488-63...........................  Difenacoum Rat and Mouse Block  Woodstream Corporation.
36488-64...........................  Difenacoum Rat and Mouse Place  Woodstream Corporation.
                                      Packs IV.
36488-65...........................  Difenacoum Rat and Mouse        Woodstream Corporation.
                                      Pellets IV.
36488-66...........................  Technical Difenacoum..........  Woodstream Corporation.
47629-12...........................  Difenacoum Technical..........  Woodstream Corporation.
47629-14...........................  Difenacoum Rat and Mouse        Woodstream Corporation.
47629-16...........................  Difenacoum Rat and Mouse Block  Woodstream Corporation.
47629-17...........................  Difenacoum Rat and Mouse Place  Woodstream Corporation.

    Table 2 of this unit includes the names and addresses of record for 
the registrant of the products listed in Table 1 of this unit, in 
sequence by EPA company number. This number corresponds to the first 
part of the EPA registration numbers of the products listed in Table 1 
of this unit.

Table 2--Registrants Requesting Voluntary Cancellation and/or Amendments
          EPA Company No.                 Company name and address
36488.............................  Woodstream Corporation, 69 N Locust
                                     St., P.O. Box 327, Lititz, PA
47629.............................  Woodstream Corporation, 69 N Locust
                                     St., P.O. Box 327, Lititz, PA

IV. What is the Agency's authority for taking this action?

    Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA (7 U.S.C. 136d(f)(1)) 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 
    Section 6(f)(1)(B) of FIFRA (7 U.S.C. 136d(f)(1)(B)) 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, FIFRA section 6(f)(1)(C) 
(7 U.S.C. 136d(f)(1)(C)) 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 EPA Administrator determines that continued use of the 
pesticide would pose an unreasonable adverse effect on the environment.
    Since difenacoum is not registered for minor agricultural use, the 
provision for a 180-day comment period does not apply. Accordingly, EPA 
will provide a 30-day comment period on the proposed requests.

V. Procedures for Withdrawal of Requests

    Registrants who choose to withdraw a request for product 
cancellation or use deletion should submit the withdrawal in writing to 
the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. If the 
products 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 
that are currently in the United States and that were packaged, 
labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the 
action. If the requests for voluntary cancellation are granted, the 
Agency intends to publish the cancellation order in the Federal 
    In any order issued in response to these requests for cancellation 
of product registrations, EPA proposes to include the following 
provisions for the treatment of any existing stocks of the products 
listed in Table 1 of Unit III.
    For these voluntary product cancellations, the registrant will be 
permitted to sell and distribute existing stocks of voluntarily 
canceled products until October 18, 2019, which is two years from the 
date of the 90-day response to the GDCI, as requested by the 
registrant. Thereafter, the registrant will be prohibited from selling 
or distributing the products identified in Table 1 of Unit III., except 
for export consistent with FIFRA section 17 (7 U.S.C. 136o) or for 
proper disposal.
    Persons other than the registrant may sell, distribute, or use 
existing stocks of canceled products until supplies are exhausted, 
provided that such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the 
terms of the previously approved labeling on, or that accompanied, the 
canceled products.

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

    Dated: June 4, 2018.
Yu-Ting Guilaran,
Director, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division, Office of Pesticide 
[FR Doc. 2018-12815 Filed 6-13-18; 8:45 am]