Soil Fumigant Pesticides; Notice of Public Meetings, 24289-24290 [E7-8277]

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The public meetings will be held in the states of Washington and Florida in late May and early June 2007. The purpose of the meetings is for the Agency to obtain first-hand comments on possible human health risk mitigation options from stakeholders who are most affected by soil fumigant use, including growers, professional fumigant applicators, farm workers, neighbors and community members, local officials, and others. EPA also plans to participate in a stakeholder meeting focusing on risk mitigation options for the soil fumigants metam sodium and metam potassium, held by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in late May 2007. California and EPA have been working together on soil fumigant issues during the last several years, and use similar approaches to reduce exposure. Stakeholders’ comments at these meetings will help inform EPA’s decision later this year on the reregistration eligibility of several soil fumigant pesticides. Through the PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24289 reregistration program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards. DATES: The meeting in Richland, Washington will be held on May 22, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting in Ft. Myers, Florida will be held on June 6, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Spanish language translation will be available at both meetings. ADDRESSES: The Washington meeting will be held at the Federal Building, 825 Jadwin Avenue, Richland, Washington 99352. The Florida meeting will be held at the Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street, Ft. Myers, Florida 33901. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Washington meeting information contact. Veronique LaCapra, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 605–1525; fax number: (703) 308– 8090; e-mail address: lacapra.veronique@epa.gov/. For Florida meeting information contact. Nathan Mottl, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 305–0208; fax number: (703) 308– 7070; e-mail address: mottl.nathan@epa.gov/. For general information contact. John Leahy, 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– 6703; fax number: (703) 308–8090; email address: leahy.john@epa.gov/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 E:\FEDREG\02MYN1.LOC 02MYN1 24290 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 84 / Wednesday, May 2, 2007 / Notices 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. mmaher on DSK3CLS3C1PROD with $$_JOB 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–2007–0343. 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. Background EPA is currently reviewing six soil fumigant pesticides. Four of the six are in review for reregistration, including chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium, metam potassium, and methyl bromide. A fifth chemical, iodomethane, is being reviewed for registration and is a possible alternative to methyl bromide. Reregistration for 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D or Telone) was completed in 1998, but is included in the review for comparative purposes. EPA is reviewing the soil fumigant pesticides using the 6-Phase Public Participation Process described in the Agency’s May 14, 2004 Federal Register notice (69 FR 26819)(FRL–7357–9). During Phase 5, the Agency is issuing for public comment revised risk assessments, benefits assessments, and a paper outlining risk management options for the soil fumigants. To obtain additional, first-hand input from stakeholders, EPA is holding meetings during the Phase 5 public comment period in areas of high soil fumigant use. EPA will begin each public meeting with a brief overview of predicted risks and benefits of soil fumigant use, as well as possible measures that the Agency expects will reduce risks. After providing guidelines for making comments, the Agency will take comments from the public during the remainder of the day. EPA plans to transcribe the meetings so that VerDate Mar 15 2010 03:08 Aug 19, 2011 Jkt 223001 comments received can be placed in the docket where they will be available to other members of the public. EPA also plans to participate in a stakeholder meeting held by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation on May 30, 2007, focusing on California’s risk management proposals for soil fumigants that produce MITC, specifically metam sodium and metam potassium. California and EPA have been working together on soil fumigant issues during the last several years. Because the mitigation proposals for these chemicals include similar approaches to reduce exposures, EPA will also consider public comments provided by stakeholders during this meeting. Please visit the California Department of Pesticide Regulation website for more information: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/. After considering all information and comments received during Phase 5 through the public meetings and the docket, EPA plans to develop risk management decisions for the soil fumigant pesticides later in 2007. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests. Dated: April 24, 2007. Peter Caulkins, Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. E7–8277 Filed 5–1–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2005–0125; FRL–8127–7] Metam Sodium and Metam Potassium; Revised Human Health Risk Assessment, Notice of Availability and Solicitation of Risk Reduction Options Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability and seeks comments on EPA’s revised human health risk assessment for the pesticide fumigants metam sodium and metam potassium. In addition, this notice solicits public comment on the risk reduction options paper for fumigants including metam sodium and metam potassium and EPA’s benefits assessments for the soil fumigants. The Agency is also seeking comments on the ecological risk assessment which was not revised since the last public comment period. The public is encouraged to suggest risk PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 management ideas or proposals to address the risks identified. EPA is developing a Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) for metam sodium and metam potassium through the full, 6Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration and tolerance reassessment decisions. EPA also is concurrently assessing the risks of four other soil fumigant pesticides to ensure that its assessment approaches are consistent, and to ensure that risk tradeoffs and economic outcomes can be adequately predicted in reaching risk management decisions. The Agency is seeking the same input from the public on these pesticides on a similar schedule. Through these programs, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards. Comments must be received on or before July 2, 2007. DATES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2005–0125, by one of the following methods: <bullet≤ Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. <bullet≤ Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. <bullet≤ 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 telephone number is (703) 3055805. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2005– 0125. 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 website is an ‘‘anonymous access’’ system, which means EPA will not ADDRESSES: E:\FEDREG\02MYN1.LOC 02MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 84 (Wednesday, May 2, 2007)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-8277]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0343; FRL-8127-4]


Soil Fumigant Pesticides; Notice of Public Meetings

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is planning to hold 
two stakeholder meetings to obtain public input on risk management 
options for the soil fumigant pesticides chloropicrin, dazomet, metam 
sodium, metam potassium, and methyl bromide. Reregistration for 1,3-
dichloropropene (1,3-D or Telone) was completed in 1998, but it is 
included in the review for comparative purposes. The public meetings 
will be held in the states of Washington and Florida in late May and 
early June 2007. The purpose of the meetings is for the Agency to 
obtain first-hand comments on possible human health risk mitigation 
options from stakeholders who are most affected by soil fumigant use, 
including growers, professional fumigant applicators, farm workers, 
neighbors and community members, local officials, and others. EPA also 
plans to participate in a stakeholder meeting focusing on risk 
mitigation options for the soil fumigants metam sodium and metam 
potassium, held by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in 
late May 2007. California and EPA have been working together on soil 
fumigant issues during the last several years, and use similar 
approaches to reduce exposure. Stakeholders' comments at these meetings 
will help inform EPA's decision later this year on the reregistration 
eligibility of several soil fumigant pesticides. Through the 
reregistration program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet 
current health and safety standards.

DATES: The meeting in Richland, Washington will be held on May 22, 2007 
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting in Ft. Myers, Florida will be held on 
June 6, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    To request accommodation of a disability, please contact the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATON CONTACT, preferably at least 10 
days prior to the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to 
process your request. Spanish language translation will be available at 
both meetings.

ADDRESSES: The Washington meeting will be held at the Federal Building, 
825 Jadwin Avenue, Richland, Washington 99352. The Florida meeting will 
be held at the Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street, Ft. Myers, 
Florida 33901.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For Washington meeting information 
contact. Veronique LaCapra, Special Review and Reregistration Division 
(7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone 
number: (703) 605-1525; fax number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: 
lacapra.veronique@epa.gov/.
    For Florida meeting information contact. Nathan Mottl, Special 
Review and Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide 
Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-0208; fax 
number: (703) 308-7070; e-mail address: mottl.nathan@epa.gov/.
    For general information contact. John Leahy, Special Review and 
Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-6703; fax 
number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: leahy.john@epa.gov/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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

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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. 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-2007-0343. 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. Background

    EPA is currently reviewing six soil fumigant pesticides. Four of 
the six are in review for reregistration, including chloropicrin, 
dazomet, metam sodium, metam potassium, and methyl bromide. A fifth 
chemical, iodomethane, is being reviewed for registration and is a 
possible alternative to methyl bromide. Reregistration for 1,3-
dichloropropene (1,3-D or Telone) was completed in 1998, but is 
included in the review for comparative purposes.
    EPA is reviewing the soil fumigant pesticides using the 6-Phase 
Public Participation Process described in the Agency's May 14, 2004 
Federal Register notice (69 FR 26819)(FRL-7357-9). During Phase 5, the 
Agency is issuing for public comment revised risk assessments, benefits 
assessments, and a paper outlining risk management options for the soil 
fumigants. To obtain additional, first-hand input from stakeholders, 
EPA is holding meetings during the Phase 5 public comment period in 
areas of high soil fumigant use.
    EPA will begin each public meeting with a brief overview of 
predicted risks and benefits of soil fumigant use, as well as possible 
measures that the Agency expects will reduce risks. After providing 
guidelines for making comments, the Agency will take comments from the 
public during the remainder of the day. EPA plans to transcribe the 
meetings so that comments received can be placed in the docket where 
they will be available to other members of the public.
    EPA also plans to participate in a stakeholder meeting held by the 
California Department of Pesticide Regulation on May 30, 2007, focusing 
on California's risk management proposals for soil fumigants that 
produce MITC, specifically metam sodium and metam potassium. California 
and EPA have been working together on soil fumigant issues during the 
last several years. Because the mitigation proposals for these 
chemicals include similar approaches to reduce exposures, EPA will also 
consider public comments provided by stakeholders during this meeting. 
Please visit the California Department of Pesticide Regulation website 
for more information: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/.
    After considering all information and comments received during 
Phase 5 through the public meetings and the docket, EPA plans to 
develop risk management decisions for the soil fumigant pesticides 
later in 2007.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.


    Dated: April 24, 2007.
Peter Caulkins,
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of 
Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. E7-8277 Filed 5-1-07; 8:45 am]
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