Extension of Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals), 81393-81396 [2011-33250]

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[FR Doc. 2011–33253 Filed 12–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 180 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES [EPA–HQ–OPP–2011–0972; FRL–9329–9] Extension of Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AGENCY: ACTION: Final rule. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:19 Dec 27, 2011 State submittal date/ effective date Jkt 226001 EPA approval date * 12/12/2007, 3/11/ 2008, 4/4/2008, 11/ 23/2009 * 12/28/2012, [Insert FR page number where document begins]. This regulation extends timelimited tolerances for the pesticides listed in Unit II. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. These actions are in response to EPA’s granting of emergency exemptions under section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of these pesticides. Section 408(l)(6) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires EPA to establish a time-limited tolerance or exemption from the requirement for a tolerance for pesticide chemical residues in food that will result from the use of a pesticide under an emergency exemption granted by EPA. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Explanation Sfmt 4700 * * Approval for CAA elements 110(a)(2)(A), (B), (E), (F), (G), (H), (K), (L), and (M). Approval for CAA elements 110(a)(2)(C), (D)(ii) and (J), except for the portions that address Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Approval for revisions to prohibit interference with PSD in any other state (CAA element 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(II)), except for the portion that addresses GHG emissions. This regulation is effective December 28, 2011. Objections and requests for hearings must be received on or before February 27, 2012, and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 CFR part 178 (see also Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). DATES: EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ– OPP–2011–0972. All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 81394 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2011 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305– 5805. Pesticide/CFR citation Contact person Diflubenzuron, 40 CFR 180.377; Metconazole, 40 CFR 180.617; Pyraclostrobin, 40 CFR 180.582. Linuron, 40 CFR 180.184; Spiromesifen, 40 CFR 180.607 ..................... SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? You may be potentially affected by this action if you are an agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to: • Crop production (NAICS code 111). • Animal production (NAICS code 112). • Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311). • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532). This listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by this action. Other types of entities not listed in this unit could also be affected. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes have been provided to assist you and others in determining whether this action might apply to certain entities. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES B. How can I get electronic access to other related information? You may access a frequently updated electronic version of 40 CFR part 180 through the Government Printing Office’s e-CFR site at http://ecfr. gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?&c= ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title40/40tab_ 02.tpl. C. How can I file an objection or hearing request? Under FFDCA section 408(g), 21 U.S.C. 346a, any person may file an objection to any aspect of this regulation and may also request a hearing on those objections. You must file your objection or request a hearing on this regulation in accordance with the instructions VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:19 Dec 27, 2011 Jkt 226001 See the table in this unit for the name of a specific contact person. The following information applies to all contact persons: Emergency Response Team, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Libby Pemberton—pemberton.libby@epa.gov—(703) 764–0212. Andrea Conrath—conrath.andrea@epa.gov—(703) 308–9356. provided in 40 CFR part 178. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, you must identify docket ID number EPA–HQ– OPP–2011–0972 in the subject line on the first page of your submission. All requests must be in writing, and must be received by the Hearing Clerk on or before February 27, 2012. Addresses for mail and hand delivery of objections and hearing requests are provided in 40 CFR 178.25(b). In addition to filing an objection or hearing request with the Hearing Clerk as described in 40 CFR part 178, please submit a copy of the filing that does not contain any CBI for inclusion in the public docket. Information not marked confidential pursuant to 40 CFR part 2 may be disclosed publicly by EPA without prior notice. Submit a copy of your non-CBI objection or hearing request, identified by docket ID number EPA–HQ–OPP–2011–0972 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 Facility’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. II. Background and Statutory Findings EPA published final rules in the Federal Register for each chemical listed. The initial issuance of these final rules announced that EPA, on its own initiative, under section 408 of FFDCA, PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 21 U.S.C. 346a, was establishing timelimited tolerances. EPA established the tolerances because FFDCA section 408(l)(6) requires EPA to establish a time-limited tolerance or exemption from the requirement for a tolerance for pesticide chemical residues in food that will result from the use of a pesticide under an emergency exemption granted by EPA under FIFRA section 18. Such tolerances can be established without providing notice or time for public comment. EPA received requests to extend the use of these chemicals for this year’s growing season. After having reviewed these submissions, EPA concurs that emergency conditions exist. EPA assessed the potential risks presented by residues for each chemical. In doing so, EPA considered the safety standard in FFDCA section 408(b)(2), and decided that the necessary tolerance under FFDCA section 408(l)(6) would be consistent with the safety standard and with FIFRA section 18. The data and other relevant material have been evaluated and discussed in the final rule originally published to support these uses. Based on that data and information considered, the Agency reaffirms that extension of these timelimited tolerances will continue to meet the requirements of FFDCA section 408(l)(6). Therefore, the time-limited tolerances are extended until the date listed. EPA will publish a document in the Federal Register to remove the revoked tolerances from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Although these tolerances will expire and are revoked on the date listed, under FFDCA section 408(l)(5), residues of the pesticide not in excess of the amounts specified in the tolerance remaining in or on the commodity after that date will not be unlawful, provided the residue is present as a result of an application or use of a pesticide at a time and in a manner that was lawful under FIFRA, the tolerance was in place at the time of E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2011 / Rules and Regulations the application, and the residue does not exceed the level that was authorized by the tolerance. EPA will take action to revoke these tolerances earlier if any experience with, scientific data on, or other relevant information on this pesticide indicate that the residues are not safe. Tolerances for the use of the following pesticide chemicals on specific commodities are being extended: Diflubenzuron. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of the insecticide, diflubenzuron for control of Mormon crickets (Anabrus simplex) and grasshoppers (Family Acrididae, various spp.) on alfalfa grown for hay. This regulation extends time-limited tolerances for residues of the insecticide, diflubenzuron and its metabolites p-chlorophenylurea and pchloroaniline in or on alfalfa, forage and alfalfa, hay at 6.0 parts per million (ppm), for an additional 3-year period. These tolerances will expire and be revoked on December 31, 2014. Timelimited tolerances were originally published in the Federal Register of November 28, 2008 (73 FR 72352) (FRL 8388–9). Linuron. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of linuron on lentils for control of mayweed chamomile and prickly lettuce in Washington and Idaho. This regulation extends a time-limited tolerance for combined residues of the herbicide linuron (3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1methoxy-1-methylurea) and its metabolites convertible to 3,4dichloroaniline, in or on lentil at 0.1 ppm for an additional 3-year period. This tolerance will expire and is revoked on December 31, 2014. A timelimited tolerance was originally published in the Federal Register of September 5, 2008 (73 FR 51722) (FRL– 8379–6). Metconazole. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of the fungicide, metconazole for control of Orange Rust (Puccinia kuehnii) on sugarcane in Florida. This regulation extends time-limited tolerances for residues of the fungicide, metconazole, 5-[(4-chlorophenyl)-methyl]-2,2dimethyl-1-(1H–1,2,4-triazol-1ylmethyl)cyclopentanol, including its metabolites and degradates, in or on sugarcane, cane at 1.6 ppm and sugarcane, molasses at 3.2 ppm for an additional 3-year period. These tolerances will expire and be revoked on December 31, 2014. Time-limited tolerances were originally published in the Federal Register of May 7, 2009 (74 FR 21260) (FRL 8408–6). Pyraclostrobin. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of the VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:19 Dec 27, 2011 Jkt 226001 fungicide, pyraclostrobin for control of Orange Rust (Puccinia kuehnii) on sugarcane in Florida. This regulation extends time-limited tolerances for combined residues of the fungicide pyraclostrobin; carbamic acid, [2-[[[1-(4chlorophenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3yl]oxy]methyl]phenyl]methoxy-, methyl ester and its desmethoxy metabolite; (methyl-N-[[[1-(4-chlorophenyl)-1Hpyrazol-3yl]oxy]methyl]phenylcarbamate, in or on sugarcane, cane at 0.02 ppm and sugarcane, molasses at 0.4 ppm for an additional 3-year period. These tolerances will expire and be revoked on December 31, 2014. Time-limited tolerances were originally published in the Federal Register of March 18, 2009 (74 FR 11494) (FRL 8402–8). Spiromesifen. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of spiromesifen on soybeans for control of spider mites in Delaware. This regulation extends the time-limited tolerances for combined residues of the miticide spiromesifen [2-oxo-3-(2,4,6trimethylphenyl)-1-oxaspiro[4.4]non-3en-4-yl 3,3-dimethylbutanoate] and 4hydroxy-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-1oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-2-one, calculated as the stoichiometric equivalent of spiromesifen, in or on soybean forage at 30 ppm, soybean hay at 86 ppm, and soybean seed at 0.02 ppm for an additional 3-year period. These tolerances will expire and are revoked on December 31, 2014. Time-limited tolerances originally published in the Federal Register of April 8, 2009 (74 FR 15880) (FRL–8406–6). III. International Residue Limits In making its tolerance decisions, EPA seeks to harmonize U.S. tolerances with international standards whenever possible, consistent with U.S. food safety standards and agricultural practices. EPA considers the international maximum residue limits (MRLs) established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), as required by FFDCA section 408(b)(4). The Codex Alimentarius is a joint U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization/ World Health Organization food standards program, and it is recognized as an international food safety standards-setting organization in trade agreements to which the United States is a party. EPA may establish a tolerance that is different from a Codex MRL; however, FFDCA section 408(b)(4) requires that EPA explain the reasons for departing from the Codex level. The Codex has not established MRL’s for diflubenzuron on alfalfa; linuron on lentil; metconazole or pyraclostrobin on PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 81395 sugarcane; nor spiromesifen on soybean hay, forage, or seed. IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews This final rule establishes timelimited tolerances under section 408(d) of FFDCA in response to petitions submitted to the Agency. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has exempted these types of actions from review under Executive Order 12866, entitled Regulatory Planning and Review (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993). Because this final rule has been exempted from review under Executive Order 12866, this final rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, entitled Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) or Executive Order 13045, entitled Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997). This final rule does not contain any information collections subject to OMB approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., nor does it require any special considerations under Executive Order 12898, entitled Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994). Since tolerances and exemptions that are established on the basis of a petition under section 408(d) of FFDCA, such as the tolerances in this final rule, do not require the issuance of a proposed rule, the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do not apply. This final rule directly regulates growers, food processors, food handlers, and food retailers, not States or tribes, nor does this action alter the relationships or distribution of power and responsibilities established by Congress in the preemption provisions of section 408(n)(4) of FFDCA. As such, the Agency has determined that this action will not have a substantial direct effect on States or tribal governments, on the relationship between the national government and the States or tribal governments, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government or between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. Thus, the Agency has determined that Executive Order 13132, entitled Federalism (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999) and Executive Order 13175, entitled Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000) do not apply to this final rule. In addition, this final E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 81396 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2011 / Rules and Regulations rule does not impose any enforceable duty or contain any unfunded mandate as described under Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) (Pub. L. 104–4). This action does not involve any technical standards that would require Agency consideration of voluntary consensus standards pursuant to section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (NTTAA), Public Law 104–113, section 12(d) (15 U.S.C. 272 note). V. Congressional Review Act ‘‘Sugarcane, cane’’ and ‘‘Sugarcane, molasses’’ by revising the expiration dates ‘‘12/31/11’’ to read ‘‘12/31/2014.’’ § 180.607 [Amended] 5. In § 180.607, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the entries for ‘‘Soybean, forage’’, ‘‘Soybean, hay’’, and ‘‘Soybean, seed’’ by revising the expiration dates ‘‘12/31/11’’ to read ‘‘12/ 31/2014.’’ ■ § 180.617 6. In § 180.617, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the entries for ‘‘Sugarcane, cane’’ and ‘‘Sugarcane, molasses’’ by revising the expiration dates ‘‘12/31/11’’ to read ‘‘12/31/2014.’’ [FR Doc. 2011–33250 Filed 12–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 49 CFR Parts 172 and 173 [Docket No. PHMSA–2009–0151(HM–218F)] List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180 RIN 2137–AE84 Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Agricultural commodities, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Hazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Amendments; Response to Appeals; Corrections Dated: December 13, 2011. Lois Rossi, Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. PART 180—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 180 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321(q), 346a and 371. § 180.184 [Amended] 2. In § 180.184, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the entry for ‘‘Lentil’’ by revising the expiration date ‘‘12/31/2011’’ to read ‘‘12/31/2014.’’ ■ § 180.377 [Amended] 3. In § 180.377, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the entries for ‘‘Alfalfa, forage’’’ and ‘‘Alfalfa, hay’’ by revising the expiration dates ‘‘12/31/11’’ to read ‘‘12/31/2014.’’ mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ § 180.582 [Amended] 4. In § 180.582, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the entries for ■ VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:19 Dec 27, 2011 Jkt 226001 Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Correcting amendments. AGENCY: On July 20, 2011, PHMSA published a final rule under Docket Number PHMSA–2009–0151 (HM– 218F) making miscellaneous amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171– 180). The amendments made by PHMSA in the July 20, 2011 final rule promote safer transportation practices; eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements; finalize outstanding petitions for rulemaking; facilitate international commerce; and simplify the regulations. This final rule corrects errors in the pictorial display of labels, eliminates references to transitional provisions that were previously removed from the HMR, clarifies shipping paper amendments, corrects an editorial error, and extends the effective date of certain shipping paper amendments adopted in the July 20, 2011 final rule. DATES: These correcting amendments are effective December 28, 2011. A delayed compliance date of August 19, 2012 is authorized for shipping paper amendments in this final rule. SUMMARY: Therefore, 40 CFR chapter I is amended as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Deborah L. Boothe, Standards and Rulemaking Division, (202) 366–8553, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background A. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [Amended] ■ The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of this final rule in the Federal Register. This final rule is not a ‘‘major rule’’ as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sfmt 4700 On September 29, 2010, PHMSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) under this docket HM–218F (74 FR 16135). The NPRM proposed amendments to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171–180) based on PHMSA initiatives and petitions for rulemaking submitted in accordance with 49 CFR 106.95. The amendments proposed in the NPRM were intended to provide relief to industry by eliminating, revising, clarifying, or relaxing regulatory requirements. The comment period for the NPRM closed on November 29, 2010. Eleven commenters provided comments in response to the NPRM. PHMSA received comments from the following companies, and organizations: • United Parcel Service (UPS) • Worthington Cylinder Corporation (Worthington) • Veolia Environmental Services • Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) • PPG Industries, Inc. • Barlen and Associates, Inc. • Arrowhead Industrial Services USA, Inc. • New England Fuel Institute • Stericycle, Inc. • Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association (TTMA) • American Trucking Associations (ATA) B. Final Rule On July 20, 2011, PHMSA issued a final rule titled ‘‘Hazardous Materials: Miscellaneous Amendments’’ under Docket Number PHMSA–2009– 0151(HM–218F) (76 FR 43510) amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 171– 180) by making miscellaneous amendments to update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. Based on an assessment of the proposed changes and the comments received, PHMSA’s July 20, 2011 final rule covered the following topics: • Materials incorporated by reference • Definition of ‘‘person’’ • Consolidation bins • Transitional provisions E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 180

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0972; FRL-9329-9]


Extension of Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple 
Chemicals)

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This regulation extends time-limited tolerances for the 
pesticides listed in Unit II. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. These 
actions are in response to EPA's granting of emergency exemptions under 
section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
(FIFRA) authorizing use of these pesticides. Section 408(l)(6) of the 
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires EPA to establish 
a time-limited tolerance or exemption from the requirement for a 
tolerance for pesticide chemical residues in food that will result from 
the use of a pesticide under an emergency exemption granted by EPA.

DATES: This regulation is effective December 28, 2011. Objections and 
requests for hearings must be received on or before February 27, 2012, 
and must be filed in accordance with the instructions provided in 40 
CFR part 178 (see also Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under docket 
identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0972. All documents in the 
docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is 
not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information (CBI) 
or other information whose

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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 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 Docket Facility is open 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: See the table in this unit for the 
name of a specific contact person. The following information applies to 
all contact persons: Emergency Response Team, Registration Division 
(7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

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         Pesticide/CFR citation                   Contact person
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Diflubenzuron, 40 CFR 180.377;           Libby Pemberton--
 Metconazole, 40 CFR 180.617;             pemberton.libby@epa.gov--(703)
 Pyraclostrobin, 40 CFR 180.582.          764-0212.
Linuron, 40 CFR 180.184; Spiromesifen,   Andrea Conrath--
 40 CFR 180.607.                          conrath.andrea@epa.gov--(703)
                                          308-9356.
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

    You may be potentially affected by this action if you are an 
agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. 
Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to:
     Crop production (NAICS code 111).
     Animal production (NAICS code 112).
     Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311).
     Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532).
    This listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides 
a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by this 
action. Other types of entities not listed in this unit could also be 
affected. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) 
codes have been provided to assist you and others in determining 
whether this action might apply to certain entities. 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 electronic access to other related information?

    You may access a frequently updated electronic version of 40 CFR 
part 180 through the Government Printing Office's e-CFR site at http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title40/40tab_02.tpl.

C. How can I file an objection or hearing request?

    Under FFDCA section 408(g), 21 U.S.C. 346a, any person may file an 
objection to any aspect of this regulation and may also request a 
hearing on those objections. You must file your objection or request a 
hearing on this regulation in accordance with the instructions provided 
in 40 CFR part 178. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, you must identify 
docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0972 in the subject line on the first 
page of your submission. All requests must be in writing, and must be 
received by the Hearing Clerk on or before February 27, 2012. Addresses 
for mail and hand delivery of objections and hearing requests are 
provided in 40 CFR 178.25(b).
    In addition to filing an objection or hearing request with the 
Hearing Clerk as described in 40 CFR part 178, please submit a copy of 
the filing that does not contain any CBI for inclusion in the public 
docket. Information not marked confidential pursuant to 40 CFR part 2 
may be disclosed publicly by EPA without prior notice. Submit a copy of 
your non-CBI objection or hearing request, identified by docket ID 
number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0972 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 Facility'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.

II. Background and Statutory Findings

    EPA published final rules in the Federal Register for each chemical 
listed. The initial issuance of these final rules announced that EPA, 
on its own initiative, under section 408 of FFDCA, 21 U.S.C. 346a, was 
establishing time-limited tolerances.
    EPA established the tolerances because FFDCA section 408(l)(6) 
requires EPA to establish a time-limited tolerance or exemption from 
the requirement for a tolerance for pesticide chemical residues in food 
that will result from the use of a pesticide under an emergency 
exemption granted by EPA under FIFRA section 18. Such tolerances can be 
established without providing notice or time for public comment.
    EPA received requests to extend the use of these chemicals for this 
year's growing season. After having reviewed these submissions, EPA 
concurs that emergency conditions exist. EPA assessed the potential 
risks presented by residues for each chemical. In doing so, EPA 
considered the safety standard in FFDCA section 408(b)(2), and decided 
that the necessary tolerance under FFDCA section 408(l)(6) would be 
consistent with the safety standard and with FIFRA section 18.
    The data and other relevant material have been evaluated and 
discussed in the final rule originally published to support these uses. 
Based on that data and information considered, the Agency reaffirms 
that extension of these time-limited tolerances will continue to meet 
the requirements of FFDCA section 408(l)(6). Therefore, the time-
limited tolerances are extended until the date listed. EPA will publish 
a document in the Federal Register to remove the revoked tolerances 
from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Although these tolerances 
will expire and are revoked on the date listed, under FFDCA section 
408(l)(5), residues of the pesticide not in excess of the amounts 
specified in the tolerance remaining in or on the commodity after that 
date will not be unlawful, provided the residue is present as a result 
of an application or use of a pesticide at a time and in a manner that 
was lawful under FIFRA, the tolerance was in place at the time of

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the application, and the residue does not exceed the level that was 
authorized by the tolerance. EPA will take action to revoke these 
tolerances earlier if any experience with, scientific data on, or other 
relevant information on this pesticide indicate that the residues are 
not safe.
    Tolerances for the use of the following pesticide chemicals on 
specific commodities are being extended:
    Diflubenzuron. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of 
the insecticide, diflubenzuron for control of Mormon crickets (Anabrus 
simplex) and grasshoppers (Family Acrididae, various spp.) on alfalfa 
grown for hay. This regulation extends time-limited tolerances for 
residues of the insecticide, diflubenzuron and its metabolites p-
chlorophenylurea and p-chloroaniline in or on alfalfa, forage and 
alfalfa, hay at 6.0 parts per million (ppm), for an additional 3-year 
period. These tolerances will expire and be revoked on December 31, 
2014. Time-limited tolerances were originally published in the Federal 
Register of November 28, 2008 (73 FR 72352) (FRL 8388-9).
    Linuron. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of 
linuron on lentils for control of mayweed chamomile and prickly lettuce 
in Washington and Idaho. This regulation extends a time-limited 
tolerance for combined residues of the herbicide linuron (3-(3,4-
dichlorophenyl)-1-methoxy-1-methylurea) and its metabolites convertible 
to 3,4-dichloroaniline, in or on lentil at 0.1 ppm for an additional 3-
year period. This tolerance will expire and is revoked on December 31, 
2014. A time-limited tolerance was originally published in the Federal 
Register of September 5, 2008 (73 FR 51722) (FRL-8379-6).
    Metconazole. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of 
the fungicide, metconazole for control of Orange Rust (Puccinia 
kuehnii) on sugarcane in Florida. This regulation extends time-limited 
tolerances for residues of the fungicide, metconazole, 5-[(4-
chlorophenyl)-methyl]-2,2-dimethyl-1-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-
ylmethyl)cyclopentanol, including its metabolites and degradates, in or 
on sugarcane, cane at 1.6 ppm and sugarcane, molasses at 3.2 ppm for an 
additional 3-year period. These tolerances will expire and be revoked 
on December 31, 2014. Time-limited tolerances were originally published 
in the Federal Register of May 7, 2009 (74 FR 21260) (FRL 8408-6).
    Pyraclostrobin. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use 
of the fungicide, pyraclostrobin for control of Orange Rust (Puccinia 
kuehnii) on sugarcane in Florida. This regulation extends time-limited 
tolerances for combined residues of the fungicide pyraclostrobin; 
carbamic acid, [2-[[[1-(4-chlorophenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3-
yl]oxy]methyl]phenyl]methoxy-, methyl ester and its desmethoxy 
metabolite; (methyl-N-[[[1-(4-chlorophenyl)-1H-pyrazol-3-
yl]oxy]methyl]phenylcarbamate, in or on sugarcane, cane at 0.02 ppm and 
sugarcane, molasses at 0.4 ppm for an additional 3-year period. These 
tolerances will expire and be revoked on December 31, 2014. Time-
limited tolerances were originally published in the Federal Register of 
March 18, 2009 (74 FR 11494) (FRL 8402-8).
    Spiromesifen. EPA has authorized under FIFRA section 18 the use of 
spiromesifen on soybeans for control of spider mites in Delaware. This 
regulation extends the time-limited tolerances for combined residues of 
the miticide spiromesifen [2-oxo-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-1-
oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-4-yl 3,3-dimethylbutanoate] and 4-hydroxy-3-
(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-1-oxaspiro[4.4]non-3-en-2-one, calculated as 
the stoichiometric equivalent of spiromesifen, in or on soybean forage 
at 30 ppm, soybean hay at 86 ppm, and soybean seed at 0.02 ppm for an 
additional 3-year period. These tolerances will expire and are revoked 
on December 31, 2014. Time-limited tolerances originally published in 
the Federal Register of April 8, 2009 (74 FR 15880) (FRL-8406-6).

III. International Residue Limits

    In making its tolerance decisions, EPA seeks to harmonize U.S. 
tolerances with international standards whenever possible, consistent 
with U.S. food safety standards and agricultural practices. EPA 
considers the international maximum residue limits (MRLs) established 
by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), as required by FFDCA 
section 408(b)(4). The Codex Alimentarius is a joint U.N. Food and 
Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization food standards 
program, and it is recognized as an international food safety 
standards-setting organization in trade agreements to which the United 
States is a party. EPA may establish a tolerance that is different from 
a Codex MRL; however, FFDCA section 408(b)(4) requires that EPA explain 
the reasons for departing from the Codex level.
    The Codex has not established MRL's for diflubenzuron on alfalfa; 
linuron on lentil; metconazole or pyraclostrobin on sugarcane; nor 
spiromesifen on soybean hay, forage, or seed.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    This final rule establishes time-limited tolerances under section 
408(d) of FFDCA in response to petitions submitted to the Agency. The 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has exempted these types of 
actions from review under Executive Order 12866, entitled Regulatory 
Planning and Review (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993). Because this final 
rule has been exempted from review under Executive Order 12866, this 
final rule is not subject to Executive Order 13211, entitled Actions 
Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, 
Distribution, or Use (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) or Executive Order 
13045, entitled Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks 
and Safety Risks (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997). This final rule does 
not contain any information collections subject to OMB approval under 
the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., nor does it 
require any special considerations under Executive Order 12898, 
entitled Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority 
Populations and Low-Income Populations (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).
    Since tolerances and exemptions that are established on the basis 
of a petition under section 408(d) of FFDCA, such as the tolerances in 
this final rule, do not require the issuance of a proposed rule, the 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et 
seq.) do not apply.
    This final rule directly regulates growers, food processors, food 
handlers, and food retailers, not States or tribes, nor does this 
action alter the relationships or distribution of power and 
responsibilities established by Congress in the preemption provisions 
of section 408(n)(4) of FFDCA. As such, the Agency has determined that 
this action will not have a substantial direct effect on States or 
tribal governments, on the relationship between the national government 
and the States or tribal governments, or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities among the various levels of government or between 
the Federal Government and Indian tribes. Thus, the Agency has 
determined that Executive Order 13132, entitled Federalism (64 FR 
43255, August 10, 1999) and Executive Order 13175, entitled 
Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments (65 FR 
67249, November 9, 2000) do not apply to this final rule. In addition, 
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rule does not impose any enforceable duty or contain any unfunded 
mandate as described under Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act 
of 1995 (UMRA) (Pub. L. 104-4).
    This action does not involve any technical standards that would 
require Agency consideration of voluntary consensus standards pursuant 
to section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement 
Act of 1995 (NTTAA), Public Law 104-113, section 12(d) (15 U.S.C. 272 
note).

V. Congressional Review Act

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., generally 
provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating 
the rule must submit a rule report to each House of the Congress and to 
the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report 
containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, 
the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the 
United States prior to publication of this final rule in the Federal 
Register. This final rule is not a ``major rule'' as defined by 5 
U.S.C. 804(2).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Agricultural commodities, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: December 13, 2011.
Lois Rossi,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
    Therefore, 40 CFR chapter I is amended as follows:

PART 180--[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 180 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321(q), 346a and 371.

Sec.  [emsp14]180.184  [Amended]

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2. In Sec.  [emsp14]180.184, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the 
entry for ``Lentil'' by revising the expiration date ``12/31/2011'' to 
read ``12/31/2014.''


Sec.  [emsp14]180.377  [Amended]


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3. In Sec.  [emsp14]180.377, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the 
entries for ``Alfalfa, forage''' and ``Alfalfa, hay'' by revising the 
expiration dates ``12/31/11'' to read ``12/31/2014.''


Sec.  [emsp14]180.582  [Amended]


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4. In Sec.  [emsp14]180.582, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the 
entries for ``Sugarcane, cane'' and ``Sugarcane, molasses'' by revising 
the expiration dates ``12/31/11'' to read ``12/31/2014.''


Sec.  [emsp14]180.607  [Amended]


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5. In Sec.  [emsp14]180.607, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the 
entries for ``Soybean, forage'', ``Soybean, hay'', and ``Soybean, 
seed'' by revising the expiration dates ``12/31/11'' to read ``12/31/
2014.''


Sec.  [emsp14]180.617  [Amended]


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6. In Sec.  [emsp14]180.617, in the table to paragraph (b), amend the 
entries for ``Sugarcane, cane'' and ``Sugarcane, molasses'' by revising 
the expiration dates ``12/31/11'' to read ``12/31/2014.''

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