Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations, 14715-14716 [2017-05722]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 22, 2017 / Notices Dated: February 24, 2017. Peter Tsirigotis, Director, Sector Policies and Programs Division. [FR Doc. 2017–05662 Filed 3–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA–HQ–OPP–2017–0009; FRL–9959–45] Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: EPA–HQ–OPP–2017–0009, 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 SUMMARY: EPA has granted emergency EPA has granted emergency exemptions under the Federal exemptions to the following State and Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Federal agencies. The emergency Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as exemptions may take the following listed in this notice. The exemptions form: Crisis, public health, quarantine, were granted during the period October or specific. Under FIFRA section 18 (7 U.S.C. 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 to control 136p), EPA can authorize the use of a unforeseen pest outbreaks. pesticide when emergency conditions FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael L. Goodis, Registration Division exist. Authorizations (commonly called emergency exemptions) are granted to (7505P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 State and Federal agencies and are of four types: Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, 1. A ‘‘specific exemption’’ authorizes DC 20460–0001; main telephone number: (703) 305–7090; email address: use of a pesticide against specific pests on a limited acreage in a particular RDFRNotices@epa.gov. State. Most emergency exemptions are SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: specific exemptions. 2. ‘‘Quarantine’’ and ‘‘public health’’ I. General Information exemptions are emergency exemptions A. Does this action apply to me? issued for quarantine or public health You may be potentially affected by purposes. These are rarely requested. this action if you are an agricultural 3. A ‘‘crisis exemption’’ is initiated by producer, food manufacturer, or a State or Federal agency (and is pesticide manufacturer. The following confirmed by EPA) when there is list of North American Industrial insufficient time to request and obtain Classification System (NAICS) codes is EPA permission for use of a pesticide in not intended to be exhaustive, but rather an emergency. EPA may deny an emergency provides a guide to help readers exemption: If the State or Federal determine whether this document agency cannot demonstrate that an applies to them. Potentially affected emergency exists, if the use poses entities may include: unacceptable risks to the environment, • Crop production (NAICS code 111). or if EPA cannot reach a conclusion that • Animal production (NAICS code the proposed pesticide use is likely to 112). result in ‘‘a reasonable certainty of no • Food manufacturing (NAICS code harm’’ to human health, including 311). • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS exposure of residues of the pesticide to code 32532). infants and children. If the emergency use of the pesticide If you have any questions regarding on a food or feed commodity would the applicability of this action to a result in pesticide chemical residues, particular entity, consult the person EPA establishes a time-limited tolerance listed at the end of the emergency meeting the ‘‘reasonable certainty of no exemption. harm standard’’ of the Federal Food, B. How can I get copies of this document Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). and other related information? In this document: EPA identifies the State or Federal agency granted the The docket for this action, identified exemption, the type of exemption, the by docket identification (ID) number VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Mar 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14715 pesticide authorized and the pests, the crop or use for which authorized, number of acres (if applicable), and the duration of the exemption. EPA also gives the Federal Register citation for the time-limited tolerance, if any. III. Emergency Exemptions A. U.S. States and Territories California Department of Pesticide Regulation Specific exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on a maximum of 18,000 acres of pomegranates to control leaf footed plant bug. A time-limited tolerance in connection with this action was established in 40 CFR 180.442(b); Effective October 6, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specific exemption: EPA authorized the use of clothianidin on a maximum of 125,376 acres of immature (3 to 5 years old) citrus trees to manage the transmission of Huanglongbing (HLB) disease vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid. A time-limited tolerance in connection with this action was established in 40 CFR 180.668(b); Effective March 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017. Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Specific exemptions: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on a maximum of 337,500 acres of cotton to control tarnished plant bug. Tolerances in connection with a previous action have been established in 40 CFR 180.668(a); Effective December 23, 2016 to October 31, 2017. EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on a maximum of 115,000 acres of sorghum (grain and forage) to control sugarcane aphid. A time-limited tolerance in connection with this action has been established in 40 CFR 180.668(b); Effective May 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specific exemption: EPA authorized the use of thiabendazole for postharvest use on 80,000 acres of sweet potatoes to control black rot disease. A time-limited tolerance in connection with this action has been established in 40 CFR 180.680(b); Effective January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 14716 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 54 / Wednesday, March 22, 2017 / Notices Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Specific exemption: EPA authorized the use of etofenprox for use in mushroom cultivation on up to 16 million square feet (equivalent to 2,000 mushroom houses) to control Sciarid and Phorid fly species. Tolerances in connection with a previous action have been established in 40 CFR 180.620(a), to cover any residues as a result of this emergency exemption use; Effective December 21, 2016 to December 20, 2017. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq. Dated: March 1, 2017. Michael Goodis, Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. [FR Doc. 2017–05722 Filed 3–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9960–06–OA] Notification of Two Public Teleconferences of the Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the Review of EPA’s Draft Hexahydro1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) Assessment Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces two public teleconferences of the SAB Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee Augmented for the Review of the Draft Hexahydro-1,3,5trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) Assessment (CAAC–RDX Panel) to peer review EPA’s draft Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Review of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) (External Review Draft— September 2016). DATES: The public teleconferences will be held on Thursday April 13, 2017, and Monday April 17, 2017. The teleconferences will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on both days. ADDRESSES: Location: The public teleconference will be conducted by telephone only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Any member of the public wishing further information concerning the teleconferences may contact Dr. Diana Wong, Designated Federal Officer asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Mar 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 (DFO), SAB Staff Office, by telephone at (202) 564–2049; or at wong.diana-m@ epa.gov. General information concerning the EPA Science Advisory Board can be found at the EPA SAB Web site at http://www.epa.gov/sab. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The SAB was established pursuant to the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDAA) codified at 42 U.S.C. 4365, to provide independent scientific and technical advice to the Administrator on the technical basis for Agency positions and regulations. The SAB is a Federal Advisory Committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C., App. 2. The SAB will comply with the provisions of FACA and all appropriate SAB Staff Office procedural policies. Pursuant to FACA and EPA policy, notice is hereby given that the SAB CAAC—RDX Panel will hold two public teleconferences to discuss its draft report regarding the draft IRIS Toxicological Review of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (External Review Draft—September 2016). The Panel will provide advice to the Administrator through the chartered SAB regarding this IRIS assessment. The SAB CAAC—RDX Panel held a public meeting on December 12–14, 2016. The purpose of that meeting was to develop responses to the peer review charge on the agency’s draft IRIS Toxicological Review of Hexahydro1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (External Review Draft—September 2016). The purpose of these public teleconferences is for the Panel to discuss these responses and draft report. The two public teleconferences will be conducted as one complete meeting, beginning on April 13, 2017, and if necessary, will continue on April 17, 2017. Availability of Meeting Materials: Additional background on this SAB activity, the teleconference agenda, draft report, and other materials for the teleconferences will be posted on the SAB Web site at http:// yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/ fedrgstr_activites/ IRIS%20RDX?OpenDocument. Procedures for Providing Public Input: Public comment for consideration by EPA’s federal advisory committees and panels has a different purpose from public comment provided to EPA program offices. Therefore, the process for submitting comments to a federal advisory committee is different from the process used to submit comments to an EPA program office. Federal advisory committees and panels, including PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 scientific advisory committees, provide independent advice to the EPA. Members of the public can submit relevant comments pertaining to the meeting materials or the group conducting this SAB activity. Input from the public to the SAB will have the most impact if it consists of comments that provide specific scientific or technical information or analysis for SAB committees and panels to consider or if it relates to the clarity or accuracy of the technical information. Members of the public wishing to provide comment should contact the DFO directly. Oral Statements: In general, individuals or groups requesting an oral presentation on a public teleconference will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Interested parties wishing to provide comments should contact Dr. Diana Wong, DFO (preferably via email), at the contact information noted above, by April 6, 2017, to be placed on the list of public speakers for the teleconference. Written Statements: Written statements will be accepted throughout the advisory process; however, for timely consideration by Panel members, statements should be should be supplied to the DFO (preferably via email) at the contact information noted above by April 6, 2017. It is the SAB Staff Office general policy to post written comments on the Web page for the advisory meeting or teleconference. Submitters are requested to provide an unsigned version of each document because the SAB Staff Office does not publish documents with signatures on its Web sites. Members of the public should be aware that their personal contact information, if included in any written comments, may be posted to the SAB Web site. Copyrighted material will not be posted without explicit permission of the copyright holder. Accessibility: For information on access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Dr. Diana Wong at (202) 564–2049 or wong.dianam@epa.gov. To request accommodation of a disability, please contact Dr. Wong preferably at least ten days prior to the teleconferences, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request. Dated: March 8, 2017. Khanna Johnston, Acting Deputy Director, EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office. [FR Doc. 2017–05702 Filed 3–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 54 (Wednesday, March 22, 2017)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0009; FRL-9959-45]


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 listed in this notice. The exemptions were granted during 
the period October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 to control unforeseen 
pest outbreaks.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael L. Goodis, 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:
    [emsp14]Crop production (NAICS code 111).
    [emsp14]Animal production (NAICS code 112).
    [emsp14]Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311).
    [emsp14]Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532).
    If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this 
action to a particular entity, consult the person listed at the end of 
the emergency exemption.

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-2017-0009, 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 (7 U.S.C. 136p), 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, number of acres 
(if applicable), and the duration of the exemption. EPA also gives the 
Federal Register citation for the time-limited tolerance, if any.

III. Emergency Exemptions

A. U.S. States and Territories

California
Department of Pesticide Regulation
    Specific exemption: EPA authorized the use of bifenthrin on a 
maximum of 18,000 acres of pomegranates to control leaf footed plant 
bug. A time-limited tolerance in connection with this action was 
established in 40 CFR 180.442(b); Effective October 6, 2016 to December 
31, 2016.
Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Specific exemption: EPA authorized the use of clothianidin on a 
maximum of 125,376 acres of immature (3 to 5 years old) citrus trees to 
manage the transmission of Huanglongbing (HLB) disease vectored by the 
Asian citrus psyllid. A time-limited tolerance in connection with this 
action was established in 40 CFR 180.668(b); Effective March 1, 2017 to 
October 31, 2017.
Mississippi
Department of Agriculture and Commerce
    Specific exemptions: EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on a 
maximum of 337,500 acres of cotton to control tarnished plant bug. 
Tolerances in connection with a previous action have been established 
in 40 CFR 180.668(a); Effective December 23, 2016 to October 31, 2017.
    EPA authorized the use of sulfoxaflor on a maximum of 115,000 acres 
of sorghum (grain and forage) to control sugarcane aphid. A time-
limited tolerance in connection with this action has been established 
in 40 CFR 180.668(b); Effective May 1, 2017 to October 31, 2017.
North Carolina
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Specific exemption: EPA authorized the use of thiabendazole for 
postharvest use on 80,000 acres of sweet potatoes to control black rot 
disease. A time-limited tolerance in connection with this action has 
been established in 40 CFR 180.680(b); Effective January 1, 2017 to 
December 31, 2017.

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Pennsylvania
Department of Agriculture
    Specific exemption: EPA authorized the use of etofenprox for use in 
mushroom cultivation on up to 16 million square feet (equivalent to 
2,000 mushroom houses) to control Sciarid and Phorid fly species. 
Tolerances in connection with a previous action have been established 
in 40 CFR 180.620(a), to cover any residues as a result of this 
emergency exemption use; Effective December 21, 2016 to December 20, 
2017.

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

    Dated: March 1, 2017.
Michael Goodis,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2017-05722 Filed 3-21-17; 8:45 am]
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