Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations, 57081-57084 [2014-22746]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 185 / Wednesday, September 24, 2014 / Notices perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on the environment; that is, without any unreasonable risk to man or the environment, or a human dietary risk from residues that result from the use of a pesticide in or on food. III. Registration Reviews A. What action is the Agency taking? As directed by FIFRA section 3(g), EPA is reviewing the pesticide registrations for 2–EEEBC (debacarb) and isoxaben, to ensure that they continue to satisfy the FIFRA standard for registration—that is, that these pesticides can still be used without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Pursuant to 40 CFR 155.53(c), EPA is providing an opportunity, through this notice of availability, for interested parties to provide comments and input concerning the Agency’s draft human health and ecological risk assessments for 2–EEEBC (debacarb) and isoxaben. Such comments and input could address, among other things, the Agency’s risk assessment methodologies and assumptions, as applied to these draft risk assessments. The Agency will consider all comments received during the public comment period and make changes, as appropriate, to the draft human health and ecological risk 57081 assessments. EPA will then issue revised risk assessments, explain any changes to the draft risk assessments, and respond to comments. In the Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the revised risk assessments, if the revised risk assessments indicate risks of concern, the Agency may provide a comment period for the public to submit suggestions for mitigating the risk identified in the revised risk assessments. At present, EPA is releasing registration review draft risk assessments for the pesticide cases identified in the following table and further described after the table. TABLE 1—REGISTRATION REVIEW DRAFT RISK ASSESSMENTS Pesticide docket ID No. Chemical review manager, telephone No., and email address 2–EEEBC (Debacarb) (Case 4031) Isoxaben (Case 7219) ..................... asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Registration review case name and No. EPA–HQ–OPP–2008–0802 ........... EPA–HQ–OPP–2007–1038 ........... Roy Johnson (703) 347–0492, johnson.roy@epa.gov. Christina Scheltema, (703) 308–2201, scheltema.christina@epa.gov. 1. 2–EEEBC (debacarb). Debacarb is a fungicide registered for use to control certain diseases in ornamental trees. The fungicide is applied to mature trees by injection through the trunk. EPA has completed a draft ecological risk assessment, including a screening-level listed species assessment. A human health risk assessment is not needed because the method of application limits the possibility for applicator or other human exposure. EPA acknowledges that further refinements to the listed species assessment will be completed in future revisions and requests public comment on any aspect of the ecological risk assessment, particularly any information on the disposition of the fungicide within the plant after application, the extent of use of the registered products, or any data available on adverse effects to potentially exposed non-target species. 2. Isoxaben. Isoxaben is a broad spectrum pre-emergent herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds, grasses, and vines. Isoxaben is used around nonbearing food crops, ornamental trees, and shrubs in agriculture nurseries, rights-of-way, and urban areas. It is also used on bearing nut trees and grape vineyards. EPA has completed draft human health and ecological risk assessments, including a screening-level listed species assessment, for all isoxaben uses. EPA acknowledges that further refinements to the listed species assessment will be completed in future revisions and requests public comment on specific areas that will reduce the uncertainties associated with the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Sep 23, 2014 Jkt 232001 characterization of risk to listed species identified in the current assessment. 3. Other related information. Additional information on chemicals 2– EEEBC (debacarb) and isoxaben, is available for each pesticide, at http:// www.epa.gov/pesticides/chemicalsearch and in each chemical’s individual docket listed in the table in Unit III.A. Information on the Agency’s registration review program and its implementing regulation is available at http:// www2.epa.gov/pesticide-reevaluation. 4. Information submission requirements. Anyone may submit data or information in response to this document. To be considered during a pesticide’s registration review, the submitted data or information must meet the following requirements: • To ensure that EPA will consider data or information submitted, interested persons must submit the data or information during the comment period. The Agency may, at its discretion, consider data or information submitted at a later date. • The data or information submitted must be presented in a legible and useable form. For example, an English translation must accompany any material that is not in English and a written transcript must accompany any information submitted as an audiographic or videographic record. Written material may be submitted in paper or electronic form. • Submitters must clearly identify the source of any submitted data or information. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Submitters may request the Agency to reconsider data or information that the Agency rejected in a previous review. However, submitters must explain why they believe the Agency should reconsider the data or information in the pesticide’s registration review. As provided in 40 CFR 155.58, the registration review docket for each pesticide case will remain publicly accessible through the duration of the registration review process; that is, until all actions required in the final decision on the registration review case have been completed. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq. Dated: September 12, 2014. Richard P. Keigwin, Jr., Director, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. 2014–22584 Filed 9–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2014–0335; FRL–9916–40] Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 57082 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 185 / Wednesday, September 24, 2014 / Notices Authorizations (commonly called emergency exemptions) are granted to State and Federal agencies and are of four types: 1. A ‘‘specific exemption’’ authorizes use of a pesticide against specific pests on a limited acreage in a particular State. Most emergency exemptions are specific exemptions. 2. ‘‘Quarantine’’ and ‘‘public health’’ exemptions are emergency exemptions issued for quarantine or public health purposes. These are rarely requested. 3. A ‘‘crisis exemption’’ is initiated by a State or Federal agency (and is I. General Information confirmed by EPA) when there is A. Does this action apply to me? insufficient time to request and obtain You may be potentially affected by EPA permission for use of a pesticide in this action if you are an agricultural an emergency. EPA may deny an emergency producer, food manufacturer, or exemption: If the State or Federal pesticide manufacturer. The following agency cannot demonstrate that an list of North American Industrial emergency exists, if the use poses Classification System (NAICS) codes is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather unacceptable risks to the environment, or if EPA cannot reach a conclusion that provides a guide to help readers the proposed pesticide use is likely to determine whether this document result in ‘‘a reasonable certainty of no applies to them. Potentially affected harm’’ to human health, including entities may include: • Crop production (NAICS code 111). exposure of residues of the pesticide to • Animal production (NAICS code infants and children. If the emergency use of the pesticide 112). • Food manufacturing (NAICS code on a food or feed commodity would 311). result in pesticide chemical residues, • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS EPA establishes a time-limited tolerance code 32532). meeting the ‘‘reasonable certainty of no B. How can I get copies of this document harm standard’’ of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). and other related information? In this document: EPA identifies the The docket for this action, identified State or Federal agency granted the by docket identification (ID) number exemption, the type of exemption, the EPA–HQ–OPP–2014–0335, is available pesticide authorized and the pests, the at http://www.regulations.gov or at the crop or use for which authorized, and Office of Pesticide Programs Regulatory the duration of the exemption. Public Docket (OPP Docket) in the III. Emergency Exemptions Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William A. U.S. States and Territories Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC Arkansas 20460–0001. The Public Reading Room State Plant Board is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Specific Exemption: EPA authorized Monday through Friday, excluding legal the use of potassium salt of hop beta holidays. The telephone number for the acids in beehives to control varroa mite; Public Reading Room is (202) 566–1744, April 17, 2014 to December 31, 2014. and the telephone number for the OPP Docket is (703) 305–5805. Please review Arizona the visitor instructions and additional Department of Agriculture information about the docket available Specific Exemption: EPA authorized at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. the use of flutriafol on cotton to control II. Background cotton root rot; April 14, 2014 to June 15, 2014. EPA has granted emergency exemptions to the following State and Delaware Federal agencies. The emergency Department of Agriculture exemptions may take the following Specific Exemption: EPA authorized form: Crisis, public health, quarantine, the use of dinotefuran on pome fruit and or specific. stone fruit to control the brown Under FIFRA section 18, EPA can marmorated stinkbug; April 29, 2014 to authorize the use of a pesticide when October 15, 2014. emergency conditions exist. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Rossi, Registration Division (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; main telephone number: (703) 305–7090; email address: RDFRNotices@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Sep 23, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Crisis Exemption: On April 8, 2014, for use of clothianidin on young citrus trees to control transmission of Huanglongbing disease caused by Asian Citrus Psyllid. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has also submitted a specific exemption request which allows the use to continue beyond the 15 days allowed under a crisis exemption, because the use is needed until November 1, 2014. EPA is currently evaluating that request. Since this use is for a neonicotinoid, EPA published a notice of receipt for the specific exemption request in the Federal Register on May 21, 2014 (79 FR 29185) (FRL–9909–94) with the public comment period closing on May 28, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; May 16, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of streptomycin on grapefruit to control citrus canker; June 12, 2014 to June 12, 2015. EPA authorized the use because available alternative controls are not adequate to effectively control this disease, since they cause phytotoxic effects to the citrus when used during higher temperatures. Significant economic losses are occurring without control of this pathogen, which has become a serious threat to the freshmarket grapefruit industry in Florida. Since this request proposed the use of a material also used in humans and animals as an antibiotic drug, a notice of receipt published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2014 (79 FR 29185) (FRL–9909–94) with the public comment period closing on May 28, 2014. Georgia Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of terbufos on cotton to control southern root knot nematodes; May 20, 2014 to July 1, 2014. EPA authorized the use because the loss of the industry standard tool resulted in a critical and urgent emergency situation and alternative controls were not adequate to effectively control this disease. Since this request proposed the use of an active ingredient which belongs to the organophosphate class of pesticides, a E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 185 / Wednesday, September 24, 2014 / Notices notice of receipt published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2014 (79 FR 29185) (FRL–9909–94) with the public comment period closing on May 28, 2014. Kentucky Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; May 22, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Quarantine Exemption: EPA authorized the use of fipronil as an expansion of the registered use, to control an invasive crazy ant species (commonly referred to as the tawny crazy ant) around the outside of manmade structures in counties where the ant has been confirmed; April 23, 2014 to November 1, 2015. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 18, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on sorghum to control sugarcane aphid; April 30, 2014 to October 31, 2014. Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 23, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Maryland asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Department of Agriculture Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 29, 2014 to November 30, 2014. 57083 marmorated stinkbug; May 28, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 2014 to October 15, 2014. North Dakota Mississippi Department of Agriculture Department of Agriculture and Commerce Quarantine Exemption: EPA authorized the use of fipronil as an expansion of the registered use, to control an invasive crazy ant species (commonly referred to as the tawny crazy ant) around the outside of manmade structures in counties where the ant has been confirmed; May 22, 2014 to November 1, 2015. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 29, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on sorghum to control sugarcane aphid; June 12, 2014 to October 31, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Missouri Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 18, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Nebraska Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; May 16, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Nevada Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 23, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 29, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to December 31, 2014. New York Ohio Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 18, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of flutriafol on cotton to control cotton root rot; April 14, 2014 to June 30, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on sorghum to control sugarcane aphid; April 30, 2014 to October 31, 2014. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; May 28, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Department of Environmental Conservation South Carolina Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of terbufos on cotton to control southern root knot nematodes; May 30, 2014 to July 1, 2014. Massachusetts North Carolina South Dakota Department of Agricultural Resources Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to December 31, 2014. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:41 Sep 23, 2014 Jkt 232001 Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome fruit and stone fruit to control the brown PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; May 16, 2014 to December 31, 2014. E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 57084 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 185 / Wednesday, September 24, 2014 / Notices Texas B. Federal Departments and Agencies Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on sorghum to control sugarcane aphid; April 24, 2014 to October 31, 2014. Agriculture Department Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specific Exemptions: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 29, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of lambda-cyhalothrin on asparagus to control European asparagus aphid; May 22, 2014 to September 30, 2014. West Virginia Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 23, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 29, 2014 to October 15, 2014. Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 2014 to October 15, 2014. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of diflubenzuron on alfalfa to control the Mormon cricket and grasshoppers; June 6, 2014 to October 31, 2014. EPA authorized the use because projected levels of grasshoppers are very high for 2014 and the available alternatives are not expected to avert significant economic losses under outbreak conditions. Since this use has been requested for more than 5 years and an application for registration has not yet been received by EPA, a Notice of Receipt with opportunity for public comment published in the Federal Register, as required by 40 CFR 166.24, on April 30, 2014 (79 FR 24418) (FRL– 9908–39) with public comment period closing on May 15, 2014. 18:41 Sep 23, 2014 Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq. Dated: September 17, 2014. Lois Rossi, Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. 2014–22746 Filed 9–23–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P Washington State VerDate Sep<11>2014 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Quarantine Exemption: EPA authorized a quarantine exemption to permit cotton growers to plant up to 100% of cotton acreage to transgenic (Bt) cotton, in conjunction with sterile insect release, as a Pink Bollworm (PBW) eradication strategy, in the PBW eradication area in California; April 23, 2014 to April 23, 2017. Jkt 232001 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2014–0628; FRL–9916–39] Registration Review Proposed Interim Decision; Notice of Availability Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions for public comment. Registration review is EPA’s periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide’s registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 24, 2014. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number for the specific pesticide of interest provided in the table in Unit II.A., by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. • Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/ SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. • Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http:// www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html. Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For pesticide specific information, contact: The Chemical Review Manager for the pesticide of interest identified in the table in Unit II.A. For general information on the registration review program, contact: Richard Dumas, Pesticide Re-Evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (703) 308–8015; email address: dumas.richard@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, farm worker, 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 Chemical Review Manager for the pesticide of interest identified in the table in Unit II.A. 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 email. 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 E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 185 (Wednesday, September 24, 2014)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0335; FRL-9916-40]


Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and 
Federal Agency Crisis Declarations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal 
Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of 
pesticides as

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listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during the period 
April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014 to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Rossi, Registration Division 
(7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; main telephone 
number: (703) 305-7090; email address: RDFRNotices@epa.gov.

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. 
The following list of North American Industrial Classification System 
(NAICS) codes is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a 
guide to help readers determine whether this document applies to them. 
Potentially affected entities may include:
     Crop production (NAICS code 111).
     Animal production (NAICS code 112).
     Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311).
     Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532).

B. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    The docket for this action, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0335, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Pesticide Programs Regulatory 
Public Docket (OPP Docket) in the Environmental Protection Agency 
Docket Center (EPA/DC), West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 3334, 
1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. The Public 
Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public 
Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OPP 
Docket is (703) 305-5805. Please review the visitor instructions and 
additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

II. Background

    EPA has granted emergency exemptions to the following State and 
Federal agencies. The emergency exemptions may take the following form: 
Crisis, public health, quarantine, or specific.
    Under FIFRA section 18, EPA can authorize the use of a pesticide 
when emergency conditions exist. Authorizations (commonly called 
emergency exemptions) are granted to State and Federal agencies and are 
of four types:
    1. A ``specific exemption'' authorizes use of a pesticide against 
specific pests on a limited acreage in a particular State. Most 
emergency exemptions are specific exemptions.
    2. ``Quarantine'' and ``public health'' exemptions are emergency 
exemptions issued for quarantine or public health purposes. These are 
rarely requested.
    3. A ``crisis exemption'' is initiated by a State or Federal agency 
(and is confirmed by EPA) when there is insufficient time to request 
and obtain EPA permission for use of a pesticide in an emergency.
    EPA may deny an emergency exemption: If the State or Federal agency 
cannot demonstrate that an emergency exists, if the use poses 
unacceptable risks to the environment, or if EPA cannot reach a 
conclusion that the proposed pesticide use is likely to result in ``a 
reasonable certainty of no harm'' to human health, including exposure 
of residues of the pesticide to infants and children.
    If the emergency use of the pesticide on a food or feed commodity 
would result in pesticide chemical residues, EPA establishes a time-
limited tolerance meeting the ``reasonable certainty of no harm 
standard'' of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
    In this document: EPA identifies the State or Federal agency 
granted the exemption, the type of exemption, the pesticide authorized 
and the pests, the crop or use for which authorized, and the duration 
of the exemption.

III. Emergency Exemptions

A. U.S. States and Territories

Arkansas
State Plant Board
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
Arizona
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of flutriafol on cotton 
to control cotton root rot; April 14, 2014 to June 15, 2014.
Delaware
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome 
fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 
29, 2014 to October 15, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, 
peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Crisis Exemption: On April 8, 2014, for use of clothianidin on 
young citrus trees to control transmission of Huanglongbing disease 
caused by Asian Citrus Psyllid. Florida Department of Agriculture and 
Consumer Services has also submitted a specific exemption request which 
allows the use to continue beyond the 15 days allowed under a crisis 
exemption, because the use is needed until November 1, 2014. EPA is 
currently evaluating that request. Since this use is for a 
neonicotinoid, EPA published a notice of receipt for the specific 
exemption request in the Federal Register on May 21, 2014 (79 FR 29185) 
(FRL-9909-94) with the public comment period closing on May 28, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; May 16, 2014 to December 
31, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of streptomycin on 
grapefruit to control citrus canker; June 12, 2014 to June 12, 2015. 
EPA authorized the use because available alternative controls are not 
adequate to effectively control this disease, since they cause 
phytotoxic effects to the citrus when used during higher temperatures. 
Significant economic losses are occurring without control of this 
pathogen, which has become a serious threat to the fresh-market 
grapefruit industry in Florida. Since this request proposed the use of 
a material also used in humans and animals as an antibiotic drug, a 
notice of receipt published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2014 (79 
FR 29185) (FRL-9909-94) with the public comment period closing on May 
28, 2014.
Georgia
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of terbufos on cotton to 
control southern root knot nematodes; May 20, 2014 to July 1, 2014. EPA 
authorized the use because the loss of the industry standard tool 
resulted in a critical and urgent emergency situation and alternative 
controls were not adequate to effectively control this disease. Since 
this request proposed the use of an active ingredient which belongs to 
the organophosphate class of pesticides, a

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notice of receipt published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2014 (79 
FR 29185) (FRL-9909-94) with the public comment period closing on May 
28, 2014.
Kentucky
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; May 22, 2014 to December 
31, 2014.
Louisiana
Department of Agriculture and Forestry
    Quarantine Exemption: EPA authorized the use of fipronil as an 
expansion of the registered use, to control an invasive crazy ant 
species (commonly referred to as the tawny crazy ant) around the 
outside of manmade structures in counties where the ant has been 
confirmed; April 23, 2014 to November 1, 2015.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 18, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on 
sorghum to control sugarcane aphid; April 30, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
Maine
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 23, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
Maryland
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 23, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome 
fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 
29, 2014 to October 15, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, 
peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
Massachusetts
Department of Agricultural Resources
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
Michigan
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome 
fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 
29, 2014 to November 30, 2014.
Mississippi
Department of Agriculture and Commerce
    Quarantine Exemption: EPA authorized the use of fipronil as an 
expansion of the registered use, to control an invasive crazy ant 
species (commonly referred to as the tawny crazy ant) around the 
outside of manmade structures in counties where the ant has been 
confirmed; May 22, 2014 to November 1, 2015.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 29, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on 
sorghum to control sugarcane aphid; June 12, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
Missouri
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 18, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
Nebraska
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; May 16, 2014 to December 
31, 2014.
Nevada
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
New York
Department of Environmental Conservation
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, 
peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
North Carolina
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome 
fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; May 28, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, 
peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
North Dakota
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
Ohio
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 18, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of flutriafol on cotton 
to control cotton root rot; April 14, 2014 to June 30, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 17, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on 
sorghum to control sugarcane aphid; April 30, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
Pennsylvania
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome 
fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; May 28, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, 
peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
South Carolina
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of terbufos on cotton to 
control southern root knot nematodes; May 30, 2014 to July 1, 2014.
South Dakota
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; May 16, 2014 to December 
31, 2014.

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Texas
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on 
sorghum to control sugarcane aphid; April 24, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
Virginia
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Specific Exemptions: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome 
fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 
29, 2014 to October 15, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, 
peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
Washington State
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of lambda-cyhalothrin on 
asparagus to control European asparagus aphid; May 22, 2014 to 
September 30, 2014.
West Virginia
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of potassium salt of hop 
beta acids in beehives to control varroa mite; April 23, 2014 to 
December 31, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of dinotefuran on pome 
fruit and stone fruit to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; April 
29, 2014 to October 15, 2014.
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on apple, 
peach, and nectarine to control the brown marmorated stinkbug; June 20, 
2014 to October 15, 2014.
Wyoming
Department of Agriculture
    Specific Exemption: EPA authorized the use of diflubenzuron on 
alfalfa to control the Mormon cricket and grasshoppers; June 6, 2014 to 
October 31, 2014. EPA authorized the use because projected levels of 
grasshoppers are very high for 2014 and the available alternatives are 
not expected to avert significant economic losses under outbreak 
conditions. Since this use has been requested for more than 5 years and 
an application for registration has not yet been received by EPA, a 
Notice of Receipt with opportunity for public comment published in the 
Federal Register, as required by 40 CFR 166.24, on April 30, 2014 (79 
FR 24418) (FRL-9908-39) with public comment period closing on May 15, 
2014.

B. Federal Departments and Agencies

Agriculture Department
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    Quarantine Exemption: EPA authorized a quarantine exemption to 
permit cotton growers to plant up to 100% of cotton acreage to 
transgenic (Bt) cotton, in conjunction with sterile insect release, as 
a Pink Bollworm (PBW) eradication strategy, in the PBW eradication area 
in California; April 23, 2014 to April 23, 2017.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq.

    Dated: September 17, 2014.
Lois Rossi,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2014-22746 Filed 9-23-14; 8:45 am]
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