Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request, 48793-48794 [2016-17533]

Download as PDF srobinson on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 143 / Tuesday, July 26, 2016 / Notices other water quality projects. The 1987 amendments added Title VI to the CWA, enabling EPA to provide grants to all 50 states and Puerto Rico to capitalize CWSRFs. The CWSRFs can provide loans and other forms of assistance for a wide array of projects, including construction of wastewater treatments facilities, green infrastructure projects, agricultural best management practices, and water and energy efficiency improvements. Eligible borrowers of CWSRF funding range from municipalities to nonprofit organizations and other private entities. Recently, Title VI of the CWA was amended in 2014 by the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). Additional information about the CWSRFs is available at http:// www.epa.gov/cwsrf/learn-about-cleanwater-state-revolving-fund-cwsrf. Form Numbers: None. Respondents/affected entities: Entities affected by this action are state environmental departments, and/or finance agencies responsible for operating the CWSRFs and eligible CWSRF borrowers. Respondent’s obligation to respond: Required to obtain or retain a benefit per Title VI of CWA as amended by WRRDA. Estimated number of respondents: 51 state environmental departments and/or finance agencies (per year); 393 eligible CWSRF borrowers (per year) Frequency of response: Varies by requirement (i.e., quarterly, semiannually and annually) Total estimated burden: 57,376 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b) Total estimated cost: $6,074,741 (per year), including $2,928,100 in non-labor costs. Changes in Estimates: This renewal adds two information collections activities not included in the previous version of the ICR. Specifically, the renewal includes the additional burden associated with the EPA requirement that the CWSRFs submit data into the CWNIMS and CBR databases on a recurring basis. The renewal also reflects the additional burden related to the recently released public awareness policy, directing CWSRF borrowers that receive federal funds to publicize EPA’s role in funding the projects. Though these information collection activities add additional burden, the total estimated reporting burden under this renewal is significantly lower compared to the previously approved ICR. The estimate of the annual burden has been decreased by 748,471 hours while the total annual cost burden has been decreased by $17,744,006. This VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Jul 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 significant revision is due to the removal of the burden associated with CWSRF applications and ongoing ARRA reporting. Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division. 48793 Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD) (7511P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; main telephone number: (703) 305–7090; email address: BPPDFRNotices@epa.gov. [FR Doc. 2016–17513 Filed 7–25–16; 8:45 am] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 6560–50–P I. General Information ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2016–0282; FRL–9947–95] Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This notice announces EPA’s receipt of an application (524–EUP– RNI) from Monsanto Company requesting an experimental use permit (EUP) for Bacillus thuringiensis mCry51Aa2 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV–GHIR508523) in MON 88702 cotton (OECD Unique Identifier: MON– 887;2–4). The Agency has determined that the permit may be of regional or national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, EPA is seeking comments on this application. DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 25, 2016. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2016–0282, 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/ 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: Robert McNally, Biopesticides and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. Does this action apply to me? This action is directed to the public in general. Although this action may be of particular interest to those persons who conduct or sponsor research on pesticides, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action. 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 accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. 2. Tips for preparing your comments. When preparing and submitting your comments, see the commenting tips at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/ comments.html. 3. Environmental justice. EPA seeks to achieve environmental justice, the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of any group, including minority and/or low income populations, in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. To help address potential environmental justice issues, the Agency seeks information on any groups or segments of the population who, as a result of their location, cultural practices, or other factors, may have atypical or disproportionately high and adverse human health impacts or environmental effects from exposure to the pesticides discussed in this document, compared to the general population. E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 48794 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 143 / Tuesday, July 26, 2016 / Notices srobinson on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES II. What action is the Agency taking? Under section 5 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136c, EPA can allow manufacturers to field test pesticides under development. Manufacturers are required to obtain an EUP before testing new pesticides or new uses of pesticides if they conduct experimental field tests on more than 10 acres of land or more than one acre of water. Pursuant to 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency has determined that the following EUP application may be of regional or national significance, and therefore is seeking public comment on the EUP application: Submitter: Monsanto Company, 800 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63137, (524–EUP–RNI). Pesticide Chemical: Bacillus thuringiensis mCry51Aa2 protein and the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV–GHIR508523) in MON 88702 cotton (OECD Unique Identifier: MON–887;2–4). Summary of Request: Monsanto Company is proposing to test MON 88702, a new plant-incorporated protectant (PIP) technology in cotton, alone and in combination with other registered PIPs in cotton to generate data and information that is intended to support future PIP registration applications (e.g., PIPs with multiple modes of action against hemipteran, thysanopteran and/or lepidopteran cotton pests). Monsanto Company’s proposed experimental program would begin on March 1, 2017, and continue until February 28, 2019; would take place on 2,510 acres in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Puerto Rico; and would use 8,495.3 grams of active ingredient. Trial protocols will concentrate on seed development and increase for future testing, nursery observations of traits in various genetic backgrounds, phenotypic and agronomic observations, efficacy and yield benefits, and product characterization, performance and regulatory studies. Following the review of the application and any comments and data received in response to this solicitation, EPA will decide whether to issue or deny the EUP request, and if issued, the conditions under which it is to be conducted. Any issuance of an EUP will be announced in the Federal Register. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Jul 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Dated: July 1, 2016. Robert McNally, Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. 2016–17533 Filed 7–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2016–0385; FRL–9949–22] Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Scientific Advisory Panel; Notice of Public Meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review a set of scientific issues being evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate, a non-selective, phosphonomethyl amino acid herbicide registered to control weeds in various agricultural and non-agricultural settings. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held on October 18–21, 2016, from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comments. The Agency encourages written comments be submitted on or before October 4, 2016, to provide adequate time for the FIFRA SAP to review and consider the comments. The Agency encourages requests for oral comments be submitted on or before October 11, 2016. However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after October 4, 2016, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. For additional instructions, see Unit I.C. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Nominations. Nominations of candidates to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP for this meeting should be provided on or before August 25, 2016. Webcast. This meeting may be webcast. Please refer to the FIFRA SAP Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sap for information on how to access the meeting webcast. Please note that the webcast is a supplementary public process provided only for convenience. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 If difficulties arise resulting in webcasting outages, the meeting will continue as planned. Special accommodations. For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, and to request accommodation of a disability, please contact the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least 10 days prior to the meeting to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. ADDRESSES: Meeting: The meeting will be held at the Environmental Protection Agency, Conference Center, Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202. Comments. Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA–HQ–OPP–2016–0385, 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/ 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. Nominations, requests to present oral comments, and requests for special accommodations. Submit nominations to serve as ad hoc members of FIFRA SAP, requests for special accommodations, or requests to present oral comments to the DFO listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Knott, DFO, Office of Science Coordination and Policy (7201M), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001; telephone number: (202) 564–0103; email address: knott.steven@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me? This action is directed to the public in general. This action may, however, be of interest to persons who are or may be required to conduct testing of chemical E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 143 (Tuesday, July 26, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48793-48794]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-17533]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0282; FRL-9947-95]


Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; 
Comment Request

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA's receipt of an application (524-
EUP-RNI) from Monsanto Company requesting an experimental use permit 
(EUP) for Bacillus thuringiensis mCry51Aa2 protein and the genetic 
material necessary for its production (vector PV-GHIR508523) in MON 
88702 cotton (OECD Unique Identifier: MON-887[Oslash]2-4). The Agency 
has determined that the permit may be of regional or national 
significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, EPA is 
seeking comments on this application.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by docket identification 
(ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0282, 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/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: Robert McNally, Biopesticides and 
Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD) (7511P), Office of Pesticide 
Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 
Washington, DC 20460-0001; main telephone number: (703) 305-7090; email 
address: BPPDFRNotices@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. Although this 
action may be of particular interest to those persons who conduct or 
sponsor research on pesticides, the Agency has not attempted to 
describe all the specific entities that may be affected by this action.

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 accordance with 
procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.
    2. Tips for preparing your comments. When preparing and submitting 
your comments, see the commenting tips at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html.
    3. Environmental justice. EPA seeks to achieve environmental 
justice, the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of any group, 
including minority and/or low income populations, in the development, 
implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and 
policies. To help address potential environmental justice issues, the 
Agency seeks information on any groups or segments of the population 
who, as a result of their location, cultural practices, or other 
factors, may have atypical or disproportionately high and adverse human 
health impacts or environmental effects from exposure to the pesticides 
discussed in this document, compared to the general population.

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II. What action is the Agency taking?

    Under section 5 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and 
Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), 7 U.S.C. 136c, EPA can allow manufacturers to 
field test pesticides under development. Manufacturers are required to 
obtain an EUP before testing new pesticides or new uses of pesticides 
if they conduct experimental field tests on more than 10 acres of land 
or more than one acre of water.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 172.11(a), the Agency has determined that the 
following EUP application may be of regional or national significance, 
and therefore is seeking public comment on the EUP application:
    Submitter: Monsanto Company, 800 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 
63137, (524-EUP-RNI).
    Pesticide Chemical: Bacillus thuringiensis mCry51Aa2 protein and 
the genetic material necessary for its production (vector PV-
GHIR508523) in MON 88702 cotton (OECD Unique Identifier: MON-
887[Oslash]2-4).
    Summary of Request: Monsanto Company is proposing to test MON 
88702, a new plant-incorporated protectant (PIP) technology in cotton, 
alone and in combination with other registered PIPs in cotton to 
generate data and information that is intended to support future PIP 
registration applications (e.g., PIPs with multiple modes of action 
against hemipteran, thysanopteran and/or lepidopteran cotton pests). 
Monsanto Company's proposed experimental program would begin on March 
1, 2017, and continue until February 28, 2019; would take place on 
2,510 acres in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, 
Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, 
Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Puerto Rico; 
and would use 8,495.3 grams of active ingredient. Trial protocols will 
concentrate on seed development and increase for future testing, 
nursery observations of traits in various genetic backgrounds, 
phenotypic and agronomic observations, efficacy and yield benefits, and 
product characterization, performance and regulatory studies.
    Following the review of the application and any comments and data 
received in response to this solicitation, EPA will decide whether to 
issue or deny the EUP request, and if issued, the conditions under 
which it is to be conducted. Any issuance of an EUP will be announced 
in the Federal Register.

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

    Dated: July 1, 2016.
 Robert McNally,
Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of 
Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2016-17533 Filed 7-25-16; 8:45 am]
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