Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone (Amical 48) Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability, and Risk Reduction Options, 2918-2920 [E8-674]

Download as PDF 2918 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 16, 2008 / Notices 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. What Action is the Agency Taking? This notice announces receipt by the Agency of applications from Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc. (Sergeant’s) to cancel two pesticide products registered under section 3 or 24(c) of FIFRA. These registrations are listed in sequence by registration number in Table 1 of this unit: TABLE 1.—REGISTRATIONS WITH PENDING REQUESTS FOR CANCELLATION Registration No. Product Name Chemical Name 2517-37 Sergeant’s Sentry Collar for Dogs Dichlorvos (DDVP) 2517-38 Sergeant’s Sentry Collar for Cats Dichlorvos (DDVP) Unless a request is withdrawn by the registrant within 30 days of publication of this notice, orders will be issued canceling all of these registrations. Users of these pesticides or anyone else desiring the retention of a registration should contact the applicable registrant directly during this 30–day period. Table 2 of this unit includes the name and address of record for the registrant of the products in Table 1 of this unit. TABLE 2.—REGISTRANTS REQUESTING VOLUNTARY CANCELLATION EPA Company No. 2517 Company Name and Address Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc. 509 Tower Valley Drive Hillsboro, Missouri 63050 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES III. What is the Agency’s Authority for Taking this Action? Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide product may at any time request that any of its pesticide registrations be canceled. FIFRA further provides that, before acting on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any such request in the Federal Register. Thereafter, the Administrator may approve such a request. IV. Procedures for Withdrawal of Request Registrants who choose to withdraw a request for cancellation must submit such withdrawal in writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, postmarked before February 15, 2008. This written withdrawal of the request for cancellation will apply only to the applicable FIFRA section 6(f)(1) request listed in this notice. If the product(s) have been subject to a previous cancellation action, the effective date of cancellation and all other provisions of VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:55 Jan 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 any earlier cancellation action are controlling. The withdrawal request must also include a commitment to pay any reregistration fees due, and to fulfill any applicable unsatisfied data requirements. V. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks The effective date of cancellation will be the date of the cancellation order. The orders effecting these requested cancellations will generally permit a registrant to sell or distribute existing stocks for 1 year after the date the cancellation request was received. This policy is in accordance with the Agency’s statement of policy as prescribed in the Federal Register of June 26, 1991 (56 FR 29362) (FRL– 3846–4). Exceptions to this general rule will be made if a product poses a risk concern, or is in noncompliance with reregistration requirements, or is subject to a data call-in. In all cases, productspecific disposition dates will be given in the cancellation orders. Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products which are currently in the United States and which have been packaged, labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the cancellation action. Unless the provisions of an earlier order apply, existing stocks already in the hands of dealers or users can be distributed, sold, or used legally until they are exhausted, provided that such further sale and use comply with the EPA-approved label and labeling of the affected product. Exception to these general rules will be made in specific cases when more stringent restrictions on sale, distribution, or use of the products or their ingredients have already been imposed, as in a special review action, or where the Agency has identified significant potential risk concerns associated with a particular chemical. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests. Dated: January 4, 2008. Steven Bradbury, Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. E8–539 Filed 1–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–1151; FRL–8346–1] Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone (Amical 48) Risk Assessments; Notice of Availability, and Risk Reduction Options Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA’s risk assessments, and related documents for the pesticide Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone (Amical 48), 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 Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone through a modified, 4–Phase public participation process that the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide reregistration decisions. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 17, 2008. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–1151, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 16, 2008 / Notices • 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– 1151. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:55 Jan 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 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: K. Avivah Jakob, Antimicrobials Division (7501P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 305–1328; fax number: (703) 308– 8481; e-mail address: jakob.kathryn@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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2919 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. II. Background A. What Action is the Agency Taking? EPA is releasing for public comment its human health and environmental fate and ecological effects risk assessments and related documents for Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone and soliciting public comment on risk management ideas or proposals. Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone is registered as an algaecide, bactericide, and fungicide and is used as a materials preservative and wood preservative. EPA developed the risk assessments and risk characterization for Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone 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). Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone is used as a materials preservative. The following materials contain Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone as a preservative: Paints, air duct coatings, fire-retardant coatings, pigment E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 2920 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 16, 2008 / Notices dispersions, inks, emulsions and extender slurries, adhesives, caulks, sealants, rubbers and plastics, textiles, leather, pulp and paper slurries, paper/ paperboard, and wetlap. Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone is also use for the preservation of wood. EPA is providing an opportunity, through this notice, for interested parties to provide comments and input on the Agency’s risk assessments for Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone. Such comments and input could address, for example, the availability of additional data to further refine the risk assessments, such as soil contamination data; wood leaching data; confirmatory monitoring data; confirmatory inhalation toxicity 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 Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone. Risks of concern associated with the use of Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone are: Residential dermal risks of concern resulting from painting (brush/ roller and airless sprayer), application of wood preservative (brush/roller and airless sprayer), and children playing with finger paint; residential inhalation risks of concern resulting from application of paint (airless sprayer); residential post-application dermal risks of concern for children resulting from treated carpets and wood products and oral risks of concern from treated carpets; occupational dermal risks of concern resulting from preservation of rubber and plastics (liquid pour and liquid pump) and preservation of leather (liquid pour); etc. 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 Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone, 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:55 Jan 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 Tolerance Reassessment and Reregistration; Public Participation Process, published in the Federal Register on May 14, 2004 (69 FR 26819) (FRL–7357–9), 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 Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone, a modified, 4–Phase process with 1 comment period and ample opportunity for public consultation seems appropriate in view of its refined risk assessments. 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 Amical 48. 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 product-specific data on individual enduse products and either reregistering products or taking other ‘‘appropriate regulatory action.’’ List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests, Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone, antimicrobials. Dated: January 10, 2008. Frank Sanders, Director, Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. 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Presentations will be made in four panels: • Panel One will feature the Managing Director and the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. • Panel Two will feature the Chiefs of the Media Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. • Panel Three will feature the Chiefs of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Office of Engineering and Technology. • Panel Four will feature the Chiefs of the International Bureau and the Enforcement Bureau. Additional information concerning this meeting may be obtained from Audrey Spivack or David Fiske, Office of Media Relations, (202) 418–0500; TTY 1–888–835–5322. Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC’s Audio/ Video Events Web page at http:// www.fcc.gov/realaudio. For a fee this meeting can be viewed live over George Mason University’s Capitol Connection. The Capitol Connection also will carry the meeting live via the Internet. To purchase these services call (703) 993–3100 or go to http://www.capitolconnection.gmu.edu. Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary. [FR Doc. 08–151 Filed 1–14–08; 12:23 pm] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION Notice of Agreements Filed The Commission hereby gives notice of the filing of the following agreements under the Shipping Act of 1984. Interested parties may submit comments on agreements to the Secretary, Federal Maritime Commission, Washington, DC 20573, within ten days of the date this notice appears in the Federal Register. Copies of agreements are available through the Commission’s Office of Agreements (202–523–5793 or tradeanalysis@fmc.gov). E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1151; FRL-8346-1]


Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone (Amical 48) Risk Assessments; Notice 
of Availability, and Risk Reduction Options

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's risk 
assessments, and related documents for the pesticide Diiodomethyl p-
tolyl sulfone (Amical 48), 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 Diiodomethyl p-tolyl 
sulfone through a modified, 4-Phase public participation process that 
the Agency uses to involve the public in developing pesticide 
reregistration decisions. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that 
all pesticides meet current health and safety standards.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 17, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-1151, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

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     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-
2007-1151. 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: K. Avivah Jakob, Antimicrobials 
Division (7501P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001; telephone number: (703) 305-1328; fax number: (703) 308-8481; e-
mail address: jakob.kathryn@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 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).
     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

A. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    EPA is releasing for public comment its human health and 
environmental fate and ecological effects risk assessments and related 
documents for Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone and soliciting public 
comment on risk management ideas or proposals. Diiodomethyl p-tolyl 
sulfone is registered as an algaecide, bactericide, and fungicide and 
is used as a materials preservative and wood preservative. EPA 
developed the risk assessments and risk characterization for 
Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone 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).
    Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone is used as a materials preservative. 
The following materials contain Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone as a 
preservative: Paints, air duct coatings, fire-retardant coatings, 
pigment

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dispersions, inks, emulsions and extender slurries, adhesives, caulks, 
sealants, rubbers and plastics, textiles, leather, pulp and paper 
slurries, paper/paperboard, and wetlap. Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone is 
also use for the preservation of wood.
    EPA is providing an opportunity, through this notice, for 
interested parties to provide comments and input on the Agency's risk 
assessments for Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone. Such comments and input 
could address, for example, the availability of additional data to 
further refine the risk assessments, such as soil contamination data; 
wood leaching data; confirmatory monitoring data; confirmatory 
inhalation toxicity 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 Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone. Risks of 
concern associated with the use of Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone are: 
Residential dermal risks of concern resulting from painting (brush/
roller and airless sprayer), application of wood preservative (brush/
roller and airless sprayer), and children playing with finger paint; 
residential inhalation risks of concern resulting from application of 
paint (airless sprayer); residential post-application dermal risks of 
concern for children resulting from treated carpets and wood products 
and oral risks of concern from treated carpets; occupational dermal 
risks of concern resulting from preservation of rubber and plastics 
(liquid pour and liquid pump) and preservation of leather (liquid 
pour); etc. 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 Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone, 
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) (FRL-7357-9), 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 Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone, a modified, 4-Phase 
process with 1 comment period and ample opportunity for public 
consultation seems appropriate in view of its refined risk assessments. 
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 Amical 48. 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 
product-specific data on individual end-use products and either 
reregistering products or taking other ``appropriate regulatory 
action.''

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests, Diiodomethyl p-
tolyl sulfone, antimicrobials.


    Dated: January 10, 2008.
Frank Sanders,
Director, Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. E8-674 Filed 1-15-08; 8:45 am]
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