Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Amendment, 71907-71908 [E7-24601]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2007 / Notices concerns associated with a particular chemical. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests. Dated: December 11, 2007. ´ Kathryn Bouve, Acting Director, Information Technology and Resource Management Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. E7–24604 Filed 12–18–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–1047; FRL–8343–4] Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Amendment Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt of an application 524–EUP–97 from Monsanto Company requesting an amendment to the experimental use permit (EUP) for Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A.105 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV–ZMIR245) in event MON 89034 corn, Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab2 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV–ZMIR245) in event MON 89034 corn, and Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and the genetic material (vector PV–ZMIR39) necessary for its production in event MON 88017 corn. The Agency has determined that the application may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this application. DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 18, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–1047, 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 Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:40 Dec 18, 2007 Jkt 214001 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 Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007– 1047. 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 regulations.gov website 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 available in regulations.gov. To access the electronic docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, select ‘‘Advanced Search,’’ then ‘‘Docket Search.’’ Insert the docket ID number where indicated and select the ‘‘Submit’’ button. Follow the instructions on the regulations.gov website to view the docket index or access available documents. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71907 Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S– 4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., 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 Facility telephone number is (703) 305–5805. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susanne Cerrelli, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 308–8077; e-mail address: cerrelli.susanne@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to those persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 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 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 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). E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1 71908 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 19, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 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. II. Background On June 29, 2006, EPA approved Monsanto’s application for an EUP for the testing of MON 89034 x MON 88017 combined insecticidal trait corn as well as MON 89034 and MON 88017 individually (524–EUP–97). This permit allows planting through June 20, 2008. MON 89034 contains the lepidopteran protecting Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A.105 protein and the genetic material necessary (vector PV– ZMIR245) for its production in MON 89034 corn and Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab2 protein and the genetic material necessary (vector PV– ZMIR245) for its production in MON 89034 corn. MON 88017 contains the corn rootworm protecting Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and the genetic material necessary (vector PV– ZMIR39) for its production in MON 88017 corn. Monsanto proposes amending the EUP to allow the treatment of 11,952 acres in total. This includes a maximum of 4,421 acres for MON 89034 x MON 88017, 3,687 acres of MON 89034, 1,742 acres of MON 88017, 415 acres of corn containing registered plant-incorporated protectants (PIPS) and 1,687 acres of non-PIP and border rows. The proposed period of use of this amended EUP is February 15, 2008–June 15, 2009. Eight trial protocols are proposed to be conducted including: • Breeding and observation nursery. • Inbred seed increase and sample hybrid production. • Line per se hybrid yield and herbicide tolerance trials. • Insect efficacy trials. • Product characterization and performance trials. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:40 Dec 18, 2007 Jkt 214001 • Insect resistance management trials. • Benefit trials. • Seed treatment trials. States and Commonwealth involved include: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. III. What Action is the Agency Taking? Following the review of the Monsanto Company application and any comments and data received in response to this notice, EPA will decide whether to issue or deny the EUP request for this EUP program, and if issued, the conditions under which it is to be conducted. Any issuance of an EUP will be announced in the Federal Register. IV. What is the Agency’s Authority for Taking this Action? The Agency’s authority for taking this action is under FIFRA section 5. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Experimental use permits. Dated: December 10, 2007. Janet L. Andersen, Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. E7–24601 Filed 12–18–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY Meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology ACTION: Notice of meeting. SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Dates and Place: January 8, 2008, Washington, DC. The meeting will be held in Room 100 at the Keck Center of the National Academies at 500 5th St. NW., Washington DC. Type of Meeting: Open. Further details on the meeting agenda will be posted on the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/pcast.html. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on Tuesday January 8, 2008, at approximately 9 a.m. The co-chairs of the PCAST subcommittee on nanotechnology are tentatively scheduled to lead a discussion on the findings of the PCAST review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The PCAST also is tentatively scheduled to convene two panels. The first panel will address approaches and barriers to research partnerships among universities and the private sector. The second panel will address policy issues associated with realizing the benefits of personalized medicine. This session will end at approximately 4 p.m. Additional information and the final agenda will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/ PCAST/pcast.html. Public Comments: There will be time allocated for the public to speak on the above agenda items. This public comment time is designed for substantive commentary on PCAST’s work topics, not for business marketing purposes. Please submit a request for the opportunity to make a public comment five (5) days in advance of the meeting. The time for public comments will be limited to no more than 5 minutes per person. Written comments are also welcome at any time following the meeting. Please notify Dr. Celia Merzbacher, PCAST Executive Director, at (202) 456–7116, or fax your request/ comments to (202) 456–6021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information regarding agenda, time, and location is available at the PCAST Web site at: http://www.ostp.gov/PCAST/ pcast.html. Questions about the meeting should be directed to PCAST Executive Director Dr. Celia Merzbacher at (202) 456–7116 prior to 3 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1047; FRL-8343-4]


Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Amendment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt of an application 524-EUP-97 
from Monsanto Company requesting an amendment to the experimental use 
permit (EUP) for Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A.105 protein and the 
genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-ZMIR245) in 
event MON 89034 corn, Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab2 protein and the 
genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-ZMIR245) in 
event MON 89034 corn, and Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and 
the genetic material (vector PV-ZMIR39) necessary for its production in 
event MON 88017 corn. The Agency has determined that the application 
may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, in accordance 
with 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency is soliciting comments on this 
application.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 18, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1047, 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 
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 Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-
2007-1047. 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 regulations.gov website 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 
available in regulations.gov. To access the electronic docket, go to 
http://www.regulations.gov, select ``Advanced Search,'' then ``Docket 
Search.'' Insert the docket ID number where indicated and select the 
``Submit'' button. Follow the instructions on the regulations.gov 
website to view the docket index or access available documents. 
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 Bldg.), 
2777 S. Crystal Dr., 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 Facility telephone number is (703) 
305-5805.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susanne Cerrelli, Biopesticides and 
Pollution Prevention Division (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-8077; e-mail 
address: cerrelli.susanne@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, 
however, be of interest to those persons who are or may be required to 
conduct testing of chemical substances under the Federal Food, Drug, 
and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) or the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 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 
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 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).

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    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.

II. Background

    On June 29, 2006, EPA approved Monsanto's application for an EUP 
for the testing of MON 89034 x MON 88017 combined insecticidal trait 
corn as well as MON 89034 and MON 88017 individually (524-EUP-97). This 
permit allows planting through June 20, 2008. MON 89034 contains the 
lepidopteran protecting Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A.105 protein and 
the genetic material necessary (vector PV-ZMIR245) for its production 
in MON 89034 corn and Bacillus thuringiensis Cry2Ab2 protein and the 
genetic material necessary (vector PV-ZMIR245) for its production in 
MON 89034 corn. MON 88017 contains the corn rootworm protecting 
Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Bb1 protein and the genetic material 
necessary (vector PV-ZMIR39) for its production in MON 88017 corn.
    Monsanto proposes amending the EUP to allow the treatment of 11,952 
acres in total. This includes a maximum of 4,421 acres for MON 89034 x 
MON 88017, 3,687 acres of MON 89034, 1,742 acres of MON 88017, 415 
acres of corn containing registered plant-incorporated protectants 
(PIPS) and 1,687 acres of non-PIP and border rows. The proposed period 
of use of this amended EUP is February 15, 2008-June 15, 2009.
    Eight trial protocols are proposed to be conducted including:
     Breeding and observation nursery.
     Inbred seed increase and sample hybrid production.
     Line per se hybrid yield and herbicide tolerance trials.
     Insect efficacy trials.
     Product characterization and performance trials.
     Insect resistance management trials.
     Benefit trials.
     Seed treatment trials.
    States and Commonwealth involved include: Alabama, Arizona, 
California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, 
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, 
Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, 
New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, 
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, 
Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

III. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    Following the review of the Monsanto Company application and any 
comments and data received in response to this notice, EPA will decide 
whether to issue or deny the EUP request for this EUP program, and if 
issued, the conditions under which it is to be conducted. Any issuance 
of an EUP will be announced in the Federal Register.

IV. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?

    The Agency's authority for taking this action is under FIFRA 
section 5.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Experimental use permits.


    Dated: December 10, 2007.
Janet L. Andersen,
Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of 
Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. E7-24601 Filed 12-18-07; 8:45 am]
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