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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 250 / Friday, December 29, 2006 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES comment period. Comments received after the closing date will be marked ‘‘late,’’ and may only be considered if time permits. It is EPA’s policy to include all comments it receives in the public docket without change and to make the comments available online at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless a 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 www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov Web site 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. 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AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Agency is reopening the comment period and seeking additional public comment on a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PR Notice) entitled ‘‘Use of Antimicrobial Pesticide Products in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Systems.’’ PR Notices are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. This particular draft PR Notice would, once final, provide guidance to the registrants concerning EPA-registered sanitizer, disinfectant and other antimicrobial products whose labels bear general directions for use on or incorporation within hard, nonporous or porous surfaces, but which are not specifically registered for treatment of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems (HVAC&R). DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 27, 2007. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2006–0351, 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 Building), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, 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 telephone number is (703) 305– 5805. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78433 Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2006– 0351. 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 email. The Federal regulations.gov Web site 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. 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 Building), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, 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 telephone number is (703) 305–5805. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracy Lantz, Antimicrobials Division (7510P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 78434 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 250 / Friday, December 29, 2006 / Notices (703) 308–6415; fax number: (703) 308– 8481; e-mail address: lantz.tracy@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 are required to register pesticides and those who maintain Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems. Since other entities may also 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 information in this notice, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. pwalker on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:15 Dec 28, 2006 Jkt 211001 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. B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPP–2006–0351. 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 Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S–4400, One Potomac Yard (South Building), 2777 S. Crystal Drive 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 telephone number is (703) 305–5805. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. II. What Guidance Does this PR Notice Provide? The EPA is concerned that sanitizer, disinfectant and other antimicrobial products are being used to treat surfaces of HVAC&R systems, including but not limited to use as a part of an air duct cleaning program. When initially registered, these products were approved for use on hard surfaces such as countertops, but air ducts were not intended to be included in the broad hard surface category. EPA is concerned that data demonstrating efficacy when used in air ducts have not been submitted for review by the Agency. Moreover, use of these products in HVAC&R systems such as air ducts pose potential human exposure and health risks to applicators and building occupants which have not been assessed by the Agency. This draft PR Notice provides guidance which, once final, the Agency would provide to registrants concerning labeling language that EPA believes would address its current concerns for sanitizer, disinfectant and other antimicrobial products whose labels bear directions for use on, or incorporation within, hard, non-porous surfaces, but which have not been specifically approved for use in PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 HVAC&R systems. The PR Notice describes an Agency approach that registrants of products subject to this Notice should add a ‘‘Do Not Use’’ statement to the labeling of such products. Supporting documents for this draft PR Notice are contained in the docket. EPA originally published this document for comment in the Federal Register on September 22, 2006 (71 FR 55471). The public comment period ended on November 21, 2006. EPA received a request from The Chlorine Institute to extend the comment period. The Chlorine Institute has requested that the Agency provide additional information which was utilized in support of the draft guidance. They have requested additional time to evaluate this information. EPA agrees to reopen the comment period for an additional 60 days. III. Do PR Notices Contain Binding Requirements? The PR Notice discussed in this notice is intended to provide guidance to EPA personnel and decision makers and to pesticide registrants. While the requirements in the statutes and Agency regulations are binding on EPA and the applicants, this PR Notice is not binding on either EPA or pesticide registrants, and EPA may depart from the guidance where circumstances warrant and without prior notice. Likewise, pesticide registrants may assert that the guidance is not appropriate generally or not applicable to a specific pesticide or situation. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Labeling, Pesticides and pests. Dated: December 20, 2006. James Jones, Director, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. E6–22304 Filed 12–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–8263–9; Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–ORD– 2006–1009] Draft Toxicological Review of 2,2,4Trimethylpentane: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0351; FRL-8108-9]


Pesticides; Draft Guidance for Pesticide Registrants on Use of 
Antimicrobial Pesticide Products in Heating, Ventilation, Air 
Conditioning, and Refrigeration Systems

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of availability; Reopening of Comment Period.

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SUMMARY: The Agency is reopening the comment period and seeking 
additional public comment on a draft Pesticide Registration Notice (PR 
Notice) entitled ``Use of Antimicrobial Pesticide Products in Heating, 
Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Systems.'' PR Notices 
are issued by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) to inform 
pesticide registrants and other interested persons about important 
policies, procedures, and registration related decisions, and serve to 
provide guidance to pesticide registrants and OPP personnel. This 
particular draft PR Notice would, once final, provide guidance to the 
registrants concerning EPA-registered sanitizer, disinfectant and other 
antimicrobial products whose labels bear general directions for use on 
or incorporation within hard, non-porous or porous surfaces, but which 
are not specifically registered for treatment of Heating, Ventilation, 
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems (HVAC&R).

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 27, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0351, 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 
Building), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, 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 telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-
2006-0351. 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 Federal regulations.gov Web site 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. 
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 
Building), 2777 S. Crystal Drive, 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 telephone number is (703) 
305-5805.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracy Lantz, Antimicrobials Division 
(7510P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone 
number:

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(703) 308-6415; fax number: (703) 308-8481; e-mail address: 
lantz.tracy@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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 are required 
to register pesticides and those who maintain Heating, Ventilation, Air 
Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems. Since other entities may also 
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 information in this notice, 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 
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.

B. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information?

    1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under 
docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0351. 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 Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public 
Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Building), 2777 S. 
Crystal Drive 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 telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
    2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document 
electronically through the EPA Internet under the ``Federal Register'' 
listings at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr.

II. What Guidance Does this PR Notice Provide?

    The EPA is concerned that sanitizer, disinfectant and other 
antimicrobial products are being used to treat surfaces of HVAC&R 
systems, including but not limited to use as a part of an air duct 
cleaning program. When initially registered, these products were 
approved for use on hard surfaces such as countertops, but air ducts 
were not intended to be included in the broad hard surface category. 
EPA is concerned that data demonstrating efficacy when used in air 
ducts have not been submitted for review by the Agency. Moreover, use 
of these products in HVAC&R systems such as air ducts pose potential 
human exposure and health risks to applicators and building occupants 
which have not been assessed by the Agency.
    This draft PR Notice provides guidance which, once final, the 
Agency would provide to registrants concerning labeling language that 
EPA believes would address its current concerns for sanitizer, 
disinfectant and other antimicrobial products whose labels bear 
directions for use on, or incorporation within, hard, non-porous 
surfaces, but which have not been specifically approved for use in 
HVAC&R systems. The PR Notice describes an Agency approach that 
registrants of products subject to this Notice should add a ``Do Not 
Use'' statement to the labeling of such products. Supporting documents 
for this draft PR Notice are contained in the docket.
    EPA originally published this document for comment in the Federal 
Register on September 22, 2006 (71 FR 55471). The public comment period 
ended on November 21, 2006. EPA received a request from The Chlorine 
Institute to extend the comment period. The Chlorine Institute has 
requested that the Agency provide additional information which was 
utilized in support of the draft guidance. They have requested 
additional time to evaluate this information. EPA agrees to reopen the 
comment period for an additional 60 days.

III. Do PR Notices Contain Binding Requirements?

    The PR Notice discussed in this notice is intended to provide 
guidance to EPA personnel and decision makers and to pesticide 
registrants. While the requirements in the statutes and Agency 
regulations are binding on EPA and the applicants, this PR Notice is 
not binding on either EPA or pesticide registrants, and EPA may depart 
from the guidance where circumstances warrant and without prior notice. 
Likewise, pesticide registrants may assert that the guidance is not 
appropriate generally or not applicable to a specific pesticide or 
situation.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Labeling, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: December 20, 2006.
James Jones,
Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. E6-22304 Filed 12-28-06; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6560-50-S