Rodenticides Final Risk Mitigation Decision; Notice of Availability, 31868-31869 [E8-12493]

Download as PDF 31868 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 108 / Wednesday, June 4, 2008 / Notices exceed 300 pounds of the active ingredient denatonium benzoate; 2. The product cancellation is effective December 1, 2009; 3. Becker Underwood may sell and distribute existing stocks until December 1, 2011. EPA has recently approved, pursuant to FIFRA section 3(c)(7)(A), registrations for products substantially similar to Tree Guard. Both of these products are subject to the same cancellation conditions applicable to Tree Guard and described above in this order. Accordingly, the following products were registered subject to the conditions that the registrations are cancelled effective December 1, 2009, and subject to an annual limit on distribution and sales of 300 lb active ingredient: TABLE 3.—OTHER PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO THIS CANCELLATION ORDER Product Name and Registration Number Company Name and Address Deer Guard≤ EPA Reg. No. 84681-1 Repel Holding, Inc. D/B/A Repel Products 1150 18th Street, NW, Ste. 1000 Washington, DC 20036 Gold, N Gro Guardian Deer Repellent EPA Reg. No. 84524-2 Ag-Chem Consulting c/o Itronics Metallurgical, Inc.12208 Quinque Lane Clifton, VA 20124 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES III. Summary of Public Comments Received and Agency Response to Comments The Agency received comments during the 30–day public comment period. The comments stated that there is a great need for deer repellent and the annual 300 lb distribution and sales limit is arbitrary and unwarranted. The Agency appreciates the submitted comments, however the distribution and sales limit is a condition of the voluntary cancellation. For this reason, the Agency does not believe that the comments submitted during the comment period merit further review or a denial of the requests for voluntary cancellation. IV. Cancellation Order Pursuant to FIFRA section 6(f), EPA hereby approves the requested cancellation of Tree Guard, EPA Reg. No. 66676-1. Accordingly, the Agency orders that the registration of Tree Guard, EPA Reg. No. 66676-1, is hereby canceled effective December 1, 2009. Any distribution, sale, or use of existing VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jun 03, 2008 Jkt 214001 stocks of Tree Guard, EPA Reg. No. 66676-1 in a manner inconsistent with any of the Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks set forth in Unit VI. will be considered a violation of FIFRA. V. 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 or amended to terminate one or more uses. 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, following the public comment period, the Administrator may approve such a request. VI. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products which are currently in the United States and which were packaged, labeled, and released for shipment prior to the effective date of the cancellation action. The cancellation order issued in this notice includes the following existing stocks provisions. For EPA Registration No. 66676–1 sale by the registrant of existing stocks will be allowed for a period of 24 months, starting from the effective voluntary cancellation date, December 1, 2009. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests. Dated: May 28, 2008. Peter Caulkins, Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. E8–12386 Filed 6–3–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2006–0955; FRL–8367–8] Rodenticides Final Risk Mitigation Decision; Notice of Availability Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA’s final risk mitigation decision for 10 rodenticides, an addendum to the economic impact assessment, responses to comments on the proposed risk mitigation decision, PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and other supporting documents. The 10 rodenticides covered by this risk mitigation decision are brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, cholecalciferol, difenacoum, difethialone, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), warfarin (and its sodium salt), and zinc phosphide. EPA’s final decision on the rodenticides includes two major components. To minimize children’s exposure to rodenticide products used in homes, EPA is requiring that in the future, all rodenticide bait products available for sale to general consumers be sold only in bait stations. To reduce wildlife exposures and ecological risks, the Agency intends to prevent general consumers from purchasing bait products containing the rodenticides that pose the greatest risk to wildlife (the second generation anticoagulants – brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, and difenacoum) by requiring various measures to control sales and distribution. The Agency’s decision will reduce rodenticide exposures to children and non-target wildlife, while ensuring residential users, livestock producers, and professional applicators access to a variety of effective and affordable rodent control products. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Sherman, 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– 8401; fax number: (703) 305–8005; email address: sherman.kelly@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action Apply to Me? This notice 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. How Can I Get Copies of this Document and Other Related Information? 1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under docket E:\FR\FM\04JNN1.SGM 04JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 108 / Wednesday, June 4, 2008 / Notices identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPP–2006–0955. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at https:// 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 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. 2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document electronically through the EPA Internet under the ‘‘Federal Register’’ listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES II. Background A. What Action is the Agency Taking? EPA is making available the final risk mitigation decision document and related supporting documents for the following 10 rodenticides: brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, cholecalciferol, difenacoum, difethialone, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), warfarin (and its sodium salt), and zinc phosphide. This final risk mitigation decision represents the Agency’s final decision on the reregistration eligibility of rodenticide products containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, cholecalciferol, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), warfarin (and its sodium salt), and zinc phosphide. It also constitutes the Agency’s final action in response to the remand order in ‘‘West Harlem Environmental Action and Natural Resources Defense Council v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’’, 380 F.Supp.2d 289 (S.D.N.Y. 2005). EPA’s final decision on the rodenticides includes two major components. To minimize children’s exposure to rodenticide products used in homes, EPA is requiring that in the future, all rodenticide bait products available for sale to general consumers be sold only in bait stations. A range of different types of bait stations will meet the new requirements, providing flexibility in cost. To reduce wildlife exposures and ecological risks, the Agency intends to prevent general consumers from purchasing bait products containing the rodenticides that pose the greatest risk to wildlife (the second generation anticoagulants – brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, and difenacoum) by requiring various measures to control sales and distribution. These new VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jun 03, 2008 Jkt 214001 requirements support EPA’s goal of preventing the sale of the second generation anticoagulants on the general consumer market, but will not change how the livestock industry or other professional applicators use rodenticides. The Agency’s decision will reduce rodenticide exposures to children and non-target wildlife, while ensuring residential users, livestock producers, and professional applicators access to a variety of effective and affordable rodent control products. The decision document, including the Agency’s supporting rationale for the decision, can be found in docket identification number EPA–HQ–OPP– 2006–0955 at https:// www.regulations.gov. Over the past 10 years, EPA has undertaken an open and transparent process to assess and mitigate the risks associated with use of the nine rodenticides as part of the Agency’s program to ensure that all pesticides meet current health and safety standards. Draft documents and proposals have been subject to numerous opportunities for public comment; the Agency received over 700 comments in response to the January 2007 proposed decision and is releasing a response to comments along with the decision document. In reaching its regulatory decision on the 10 rodenticides, EPA has worked extensively with its stakeholders, interested Federal agencies, and the public to hear their concerns and suggestions. B. What is the Agency’s Authority for Taking this Action? EPA is reevaluating the use of eight of these rodenticides (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, cholecalciferol, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), warfarin (and its sodium salt), and zinc phosphide) pursuant to section 4 of FIFRA. The Agency’s authority for implementing the risk mitigation measures identified in this risk mitigation decision in regard to all 10 redenticides derives from various sections of FIFRA, including, but not limited to, sections 3, 4, and 6. List of Subjects Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests. PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31869 Dated: May 28, 2008. Steve Bradbury, Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. 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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0955; FRL-8367-8]


Rodenticides Final Risk Mitigation Decision; Notice of 
Availability

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of EPA's final risk 
mitigation decision for 10 rodenticides, an addendum to the economic 
impact assessment, responses to comments on the proposed risk 
mitigation decision, and other supporting documents. The 10 
rodenticides covered by this risk mitigation decision are brodifacoum, 
bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, cholecalciferol, 
difenacoum, difethialone, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), warfarin 
(and its sodium salt), and zinc phosphide.
    EPA's final decision on the rodenticides includes two major 
components. To minimize children's exposure to rodenticide products 
used in homes, EPA is requiring that in the future, all rodenticide 
bait products available for sale to general consumers be sold only in 
bait stations. To reduce wildlife exposures and ecological risks, the 
Agency intends to prevent general consumers from purchasing bait 
products containing the rodenticides that pose the greatest risk to 
wildlife (the second generation anticoagulants - brodifacoum, 
bromadiolone, difethialone, and difenacoum) by requiring various 
measures to control sales and distribution. The Agency's decision will 
reduce rodenticide exposures to children and non-target wildlife, while 
ensuring residential users, livestock producers, and professional 
applicators access to a variety of effective and affordable rodent 
control products.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelly Sherman, Special Review and 
Reregistration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 305-8401; fax 
number: (703) 305-8005; e-mail address: sherman.kelly@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

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

    1. Docket. EPA has established a docket for this action under 
docket

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identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0955. Publicly available 
docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at 
https://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 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.
    2. Electronic access. You may access this Federal Register document 
electronically through the EPA Internet under the ``Federal Register'' 
listings at https://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr.

II. Background

A. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    EPA is making available the final risk mitigation decision document 
and related supporting documents for the following 10 rodenticides: 
brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, 
cholecalciferol, difenacoum, difethialone, diphacinone (and its sodium 
salt), warfarin (and its sodium salt), and zinc phosphide. This final 
risk mitigation decision represents the Agency's final decision on the 
reregistration eligibility of rodenticide products containing 
brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, 
cholecalciferol, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), warfarin (and its 
sodium salt), and zinc phosphide. It also constitutes the Agency's 
final action in response to the remand order in ``West Harlem 
Environmental Action and Natural Resources Defense Council v. U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency'', 380 F.Supp.2d 289 (S.D.N.Y. 2005).
    EPA's final decision on the rodenticides includes two major 
components. To minimize children's exposure to rodenticide products 
used in homes, EPA is requiring that in the future, all rodenticide 
bait products available for sale to general consumers be sold only in 
bait stations. A range of different types of bait stations will meet 
the new requirements, providing flexibility in cost. To reduce wildlife 
exposures and ecological risks, the Agency intends to prevent general 
consumers from purchasing bait products containing the rodenticides 
that pose the greatest risk to wildlife (the second generation 
anticoagulants - brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, and 
difenacoum) by requiring various measures to control sales and 
distribution. These new requirements support EPA's goal of preventing 
the sale of the second generation anticoagulants on the general 
consumer market, but will not change how the livestock industry or 
other professional applicators use rodenticides.
    The Agency's decision will reduce rodenticide exposures to children 
and non-target wildlife, while ensuring residential users, livestock 
producers, and professional applicators access to a variety of 
effective and affordable rodent control products.
    The decision document, including the Agency's supporting rationale 
for the decision, can be found in docket identification number EPA-HQ-
OPP-2006-0955 at https://www.regulations.gov.
    Over the past 10 years, EPA has undertaken an open and transparent 
process to assess and mitigate the risks associated with use of the 
nine rodenticides as part of the Agency's program to ensure that all 
pesticides meet current health and safety standards. Draft documents 
and proposals have been subject to numerous opportunities for public 
comment; the Agency received over 700 comments in response to the 
January 2007 proposed decision and is releasing a response to comments 
along with the decision document. In reaching its regulatory decision 
on the 10 rodenticides, EPA has worked extensively with its 
stakeholders, interested Federal agencies, and the public to hear their 
concerns and suggestions.

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

    EPA is reevaluating the use of eight of these rodenticides 
(brodifacoum, bromadiolone, bromethalin, chlorophacinone, 
cholecalciferol, diphacinone (and its sodium salt), warfarin (and its 
sodium salt), and zinc phosphide) pursuant to section 4 of FIFRA. The 
Agency's authority for implementing the risk mitigation measures 
identified in this risk mitigation decision in regard to all 10 
redenticides derives from various sections of FIFRA, including, but not 
limited to, sections 3, 4, and 6.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.


    Dated: May 28, 2008.
Steve Bradbury,
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of 
Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. E8-12493 Filed 6-3-08; 8:45 am]
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