Federal Register: November 1, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 211)
DOCID: FR Doc E6-18398
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA ID: [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0874; FRL-8101-5]
ACTION: Pesticide programs:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice.
Chlorflurenol Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability, and Risk Reduction Options
DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 2, 2007.
This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk assessment(s), and related documents for the herbicidal pesticide chlorflurenol, and opens a public comment period on these documents. The public is encouraged to suggest risk management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for chlorflurenol through a modified, 4 Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. This is Phase 3 of the 4Phase process. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.
Risk assessments—; Chlorflurenol,
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 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 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 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.
A. What Action is the Agency Taking?
EPA is releasing for public comment its human health and ecological risk assessments and related documents for chlorflurenol and soliciting public comment on risk management ideas or proposals. EPA developed the risk assessments and risk characterization for chlorflurenol through a modified version of its public process for making pesticide reregistration eligibility and tolerance reassessment decisions. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that pesticides meet current standards under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA).
Chlorflurenol is a nonfood use herbicide, plant growth retardant, and plant growth regulator used in agricultural, commercial, and residential settings. As an herbicide or plant growth retardant, it is used for the postemergent control of annual grasses, broadleaf weeds, trees, shrubs and vines for nonagricultural rightsofway (e.g., utility lines), lawns, ornamental turf (including golf courses and parks), and high density forestry management areas. As a plant growth regulator, chlorflurenol is used in the production of pineapple planting material (sliplets); this use is considered to be nonfood as no finite residues are expected. Chlorflurenol is registered in emulsifiable concentrate and granular formulations.
EPA is providing an opportunity, through this notice, for interested parties to provide comments and input on the Agency's risk assessments for chlorflurenol. Such comments and input could address, for example, the availability of additional data to further refine the risk assessments, such as worker, residential, and drinking water exposure data and ecological effects data, or could address the Agency's risk assessment methodologies and assumptions as applied to this specific pesticide.
Through this notice, EPA also is providing an opportunity for interested parties to provide risk management proposals or otherwise comment on risk management for chlorflurenol. Risks of concern associated with the use of chlorflurenol are: dermal occupational risks from applying liquid sprays with rightsofway equipment at 3 to 5 lbs active ingredient/acre (a.i./A); postapplication dermal risks for adults at 3 lbs a.i./A; postapplication dermal risks to toddlers from high contact activity on lawns at 1 to 3 lbs a.i./A; and risks to infants from chronic exposure to drinking water using modeled ground water estimated concentrations. Risk could not be precluded for terrestrial and aquatic organisms and plants due to a lack of data; limited data suggest potential chronic risk to mammals. In targeting these risks of concern, the Agency solicits information on effective and practical risk reduction measures.
EPA seeks to achieve environmental justice, the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. To help address potential environmental justice issues, the Agency 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, unusually high exposure to chlorflurenol, compared to the general population.
EPA is applying the principles of public participation to all
pesticides undergoing reregistration and tolerance reassessment. The
Agency's Pesticide Tolerance Reassessment and Reregistration; Public Participation
Process, published in the Federal Register on May 14, 2004 (69 FR 26819)(FRL73579), explains that in conducting these programs, the Agency is tailoring its public participation process to be commensurate with the level of risk, extent of use, complexity of the issues, and degree of public concern associated with each pesticide. For chlorflurenol, a modified, 4Phase process with one comment period and ample opportunity for public consultation seems appropriate in view of its limited use. However, if as a result of comments received during this comment period EPA finds that additional issues warranting further discussion are raised, the Agency may lengthen the process and include a second comment period, as needed.
All comments should be submitted using the methods in ADDRESSES, and must be received by EPA on or before the closing date. Comments will become part of the Agency Docket for chlorflurenol. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked ``late.'' EPA is not required to consider these late comments.
B. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?
Section 4(g)(2) of FIFRA as amended directs that, after submission
of all data concerning a pesticide active ingredient, ``the
Administrator shall determine whether pesticides containing such active
ingredient are eligible for reregistration,'' before calling in
productspecific data on individual enduse products and either
reregistering products or taking other ``appropriate regulatory action.''
List of Subjects
Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.
Dated: October 24, 2006.
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Tracy L. Perry, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 204600001; telephone number: (703) 3080128; fax number: (703) 3088005; email address:email@example.com.