Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities, 14846-14848 [2017-05704]

Download as PDF 14846 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 55 / Thursday, March 23, 2017 / Proposed Rules 40 CFR Parts 174 and 180 • 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), main telephone number: (703) 305–7090; email address: BPPDFRNotices@epa.gov., or Michael L. Goodis, Registration Division (RD) (7505P), main telephone number: (703) 305–7090; email address: RDFRNotices@epa.gov. The mailing address for each contact person is: Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460–0001. As part of the mailing address, include the contact person’s name, division, and mail code. The division to contact is listed at the end of each pesticide petition summary. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [EPA–HQ–OPP–2015–0032; FRL–9957–99] I. General Information submit comments see the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule located in the rules section of this Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracie Donaldson, (214) 665–6633 Donaldson.Tracie@epa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the final rules section of this Federal Register, the EPA is approving the State’s SIP submittal as a direct rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no relevant adverse comments are received in response to this action no further activity is contemplated. If the EPA receives relevant adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. The EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time. For additional information, see the direct final rule which is located in the rules section of this Federal Register. Dated: February 6, 2017. Samuel Coleman, Acting Regional Administrator, Region 6. [FR Doc. 2017–04932 Filed 3–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of filing of petitions and request for comment. AGENCY: This document announces the Agency’s receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 24, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified the docket identification (ID) number and the pesticide petition number (PP) of interest as shown in the body of this document, by one of the following methods: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:56 Mar 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 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). If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for the division listed at the PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 end of the pesticide petition summary of interest. 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. II. What action is the Agency taking? EPA is announcing its receipt of several pesticide petitions filed under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 21 U.S.C. 346a, requesting the establishment or modification of regulations in 40 CFR part 174 and part 180 for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various food commodities. The Agency is taking public comment on the requests before responding to the petitioners. EPA is not proposing any particular action at this time. EPA has determined that the pesticide petitions described in this document contain the data or information prescribed in FFDCA section 408(d)(2), 21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(2); however, EPA has not fully evaluated E:\FR\FM\23MRP1.SGM 23MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 55 / Thursday, March 23, 2017 / Proposed Rules sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PROPOSALS the sufficiency of the submitted data at this time or whether the data support granting of the pesticide petitions. After considering the public comments, EPA intends to evaluate whether and what action may be warranted. Additional data may be needed before EPA can make a final determination on these pesticide petitions. Pursuant to 40 CFR 180.7(f), a summary of each of the petitions that are the subject of this document, prepared by the petitioner, is included in a docket EPA has created for each rulemaking. The docket for each of the petitions is available at http:// www.regulations.gov. As specified in FFDCA section 408(d)(3), 21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(3), EPA is publishing notice of the petitions so that the public has an opportunity to comment on these requests for the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticides in or on food commodities. Further information on the petitions may be obtained through the petition summaries referenced in this unit. New Tolerances 1. PP 5E8439. (EPA–HQ–OPP–2016– 0066). Dow AgroSciences, LLC, 9330 Zionsville Road Indianapolis, IN 46268, requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180.638 for residues of the herbicide, pyroxsulam, in or on teff, grain at 0.01 ppm, teff, forage at 0.06 ppm, teff, hay at 0.01 ppm, and teff, straw at 0.03 ppm. The Dow AgroSciences Method GRM 04/17 is used to measure and evaluate the chemical residues of pyroxsulam in wheat commodities. Contact: RD. 2. PP 6E8496. (EPA–HQ–OPP–2016– 0516). Interregional Research Project No.4 (IR–4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 08540, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180.478 for residues of the herbicide rimsulfuron, N-[[(4,6dimethoxy-2-pyrimidinyl)amino] carbonyl]-3-(ethylsulfonyl)-2pyridinesulfonamide, including its metabolites and degradates, in or on berry, low growing, except strawberry, subgroup 13–07H at 0.01 parts per million (ppm), fruit, citrus, group 10–10 at 0.01 ppm, fruit, pome, group 11–10 at 0.01 ppm, fruit, stone, group 12–12 at 0.01 ppm, nut, tree, group 14–12 at 0.01 ppm, vegetable, tuberous and corm, subgroup 1C at 0.1 ppm, fruit, small, vine climbing, except fuzzy kiwifruit, subgroup 13–07F at 0.01 ppm, and tolerances with regional restrictions in or on fescue, forage at 0.01 ppm; fescue, hay at 0.01 ppm; ryegrass, perennial, hay at 0.01 ppm, and ryegrass, perennial, forage at 0.01 ppm. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:56 Mar 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 Analytical methodology, high-pressure liquid chromatography with Electrospray Ionization/tandem Mass Spectrometry (ESI–MS/MS) detection, is available for enforcement purposes. The two methods are ‘‘Analytical Method for the Determination of Rimsulfuron in Watery and Dry Crop Matrices by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)/ESI–MS/MS’’, DuPont Report 15033 and ‘‘Analytical Method for the Determination of Rimsulfuron in Oily Crop Matrices by HPLC/ESI–MS/MS’’, DuPont Report 15027. The limit of quantitation for rimsulfuron with these methods, in raw agricultural commodities and in processed fractions, is 0.01 ppm. Contact RD 3. PP 6E8510. (EPA–HQ–OPP–2016– 0651). Interregional Research Project No.4 (IR–4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 08540, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180.458 for residues of the sum of the herbicide clethodim, 2-[(1E)1-[[[(2E)-3-chloro-2-propenyl] oxy]imino]propyl]-5-[2(ethylthio)propyl]-3-hydroxy-2cyclohexen-1-one, and its metabolites containing the 5-(2ethylthiopropyl)cyclohexene-3-one and 5-(2-ethylthiopropyl)-5hydroxycyclohexene-3-one moieties and their sulphoxides and sulphones, calculated as the stoichiometric equivalent of clethodim, in or on in or on the raw agricultural commodities: almond, hulls at 0.2 parts per million (ppm); brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 4–16B at 3.0 ppm; leaf petiole vegetable subgroup 22B at 0.60 ppm; leafy greens subgroup 4–16A at 2.0 ppm; nut, tree, group 14–12 at 0.2 ppm; okra at 1.5 ppm; onion, green, subgroup 3–07B at 2.0 ppm; stalk and stem vegetable subgroup 22A at 1.7 ppm; vegetable, brassica, head and stem, group 5–16 at 3.0 ppm; and vegetable, fruiting, group 8–10, except okra at 1.0 ppm. Practical analytical methods for detecting and measuring levels of clethodim have been developed and validated in/on all appropriate agricultural commodities and respective processing fractions. The LOQ of clethodim in the methods is 0.2 ppm, which will allow monitoring of food with residues at the levels proposed for the tolerances. Contact: RD. 4. PP 6F8512. (EPA–HQ–OPP–2016– 0649). Nisso America Inc., on behalf of Nippon Soda Co., Ltd., 88 Pine Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10005, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180.667 for residues of the fungicide, cyflufenamid, in or on cherry (crop sub-group 12–12A) at 0.6 ppm, fruiting vegetables (crop group 8–10) at 0.2 ppm, and hops at 5.0 ppm. A PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 14847 method was developed using solvent extraction of cyflufenamid from crops and analyzing sample extracts by LC/ MS/MS. Contact: RD. Amended Tolerances 1. PP 6E8496. (EPA–HQ–OPP–2016– 0516). Inter-regional Research Project No.4 (IR–4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 08540, requests to amend the tolerance(s) in 40 CFR part 180.478 upon establishment of tolerances under PP 6E8496 of ‘‘New Tolerances’’ referenced above, by removing existing tolerances for residues of the herbicide rimsulfuron, N-[[(4,6-dimethoxy-2pyrimidinyl)amino] carbonyl]-3(ethylsulfonyl)-2-pyridinesulfonamide, including its metabolites and degradates in or on fruit, citrus, group 10 at 0.01 ppm; fruit, pome group 11 at 0.01 ppm; fruit, stone group 12 at 0.01 ppm; grape at 0.01 ppm; nut, tree group 14 at 0.01 ppm; pistachio at 0.01 ppm; and potato at 0.10 ppm. Analytical methodology, high-pressure liquid chromatography with ESI–MS/MS detection, is available for enforcement purposes. The two methods are ‘‘Analytical Method for the Determination of Rimsulfuron in Watery and Dry Crop Matrices by HPLC/ESI– MS/MS’’, DuPont Report 15033 and ‘‘Analytical Method for the Determination of Rimsulfuron in Oily Crop Matrices by HPLC/ESI–MS/MS’’, DuPont Report 15027. The limit of quantitation for rimsulfuron with these methods, in raw agricultural commodities and in processed fractions, is 0.01 ppm. Contact RD 2. PP 6E8510. (EPA–HQ–OPP–2016– 0651). Inter-regional Research Project No.4 (IR–4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 08540, requests to amend the tolerance(s) in 40 CFR part 180.458 upon establishment of tolerances under ‘‘New Tolerances’’ PP 6E8510 referenced above, by removing established tolerances superseded by this action for residues of the sum of the herbicide clethodim, 2-[(1E)-1-[[[(2E)-3chloro-2-propenyl]oxy]imino]propyl]-5[2-(ethylthio)propyl]-3-hydroxy-2cyclohexen-1-one, and its metabolites containing the 5-(2ethylthiopropyl)cyclohexene-3-one and 5-(2-ethylthiopropyl)-5hydroxycyclohexene-3-one moieties and their sulphoxides and sulphones, calculated as the stoichiometric equivalent of clethodim in or on the raw agricultural commodities asparagus at 1.7 ppm; brassica, head and stem, subgroup 5A at 3.0 ppm; brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 5B at 3.0 ppm; leaf petioles subgroup 4B at 0.60 ppm; leafy greens subgroup 4A at 2.0 ppm; onion, green at 2.0 ppm; turnip, greens at 3.0 E:\FR\FM\23MRP1.SGM 23MRP1 14848 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 55 / Thursday, March 23, 2017 / Proposed Rules ppm; and vegetable, fruiting, group 8–10 at 1.0 ppm. Practical analytical methods for detecting and measuring levels of clethodim have been developed and validated in/on all appropriate agricultural commodities and respective processing fractions. The Limit of Quantitation (LOQ) of clethodim in the methods is 0.2 ppm, which will allow monitoring of food with residues at the levels proposed for the tolerances. Contact: RD. Amended Tolerance Exemptions 1. PP 6G8523. (EPA–HQ–OPP–2014– 0457). J.R. Simplot Company, 5369 W. Irving St., Boise, ID 83706, requests to amend an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance in 40 CFR 174.534 for residues of the plantincorporated protectant (PIP) VNT1 protein in or on potato. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed for enforcement purposes because the VNT1 protein concentration is lower than the detectable limit of 100 parts per billion (ppb) in tubers. As the expression levels of the VNT1 protein are below detection limits, it is impractical to demonstrate methods for detecting and measuring the levels of the pesticide residues. Contact: BPPD. Authority: 21 U.S.C. 346a. Dated: January 11, 2017. Michael Goodis, Acting Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs. carrier’s on-road safety data; an investigation; or a combination of onroad safety data and investigation information. FMCSA had recently announced that, rather than move to a final rule, a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) would be the next step in the rulemaking process. However, after reviewing the record in this matter, FMCSA withdraws the NPRM and cancels the plans to develop a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The Agency must receive the Correlation Study from the National Academies of Science, as required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, assess whether and, if so, what corrective actions are advisable, and complete additional analysis before determining whether further rulemaking action is necessary to revise the safety fitness determination process. The NPRM ‘‘Carrier Safety Fitness Determination,’’ RIN 2126– AB11, published on January 21, 2016 (81 FR 3562), is withdrawn as of March 23, 2017. DATES: Ms. Barbara Baker, (202) 366–3397, barbara.baker@dot.gov. FMCSA office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: On January 21, 2016, FMCSA published an NPRM proposing revisions to the BILLING CODE 6560–50–P current methodology for issuance of a SFD for motor carriers as required by 49 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION U.S.C. 31144 (81 FR 3562). The essential elements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety proposed rule included determining Administration safety fitness from not only a comprehensive compliance 49 CFR Parts 350, 365, 385, 386, 387, investigation, but also considering and 395 roadside inspections data. Adding roadside inspections to the proposal [Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0001] included a minimum number of RIN 2126–AB11 inspections and violations to be used for the SFD, as well as providing failure Carrier Safety Fitness Determination standards, and elimination of the AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety current three-tier rating system (i.e., Administration (FMCSA), DOT. satisfactory—conditional— unsatisfactory). Also, the NPRM ACTION: Notice of withdrawal. proposed revising the SFD appeals SUMMARY: FMCSA withdraws its January process and establishing 21, 2016, notice of proposed rulemaking implementation and transition (NPRM), which proposed a revised provisions for a final rule. methodology for issuance of a safety The Agency received 153 initial fitness determination (SFD) for motor comment period submissions and 17 carriers. The new methodology would reply comment period submissions in have determined when a motor carrier response to the NPRM. After is not fit to operate commercial motor considering the comments, FMCSA vehicles (CMVs) in or affecting announced that, rather than move to a interstate commerce based on the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PROPOSALS [FR Doc. 2017–05704 Filed 3–22–17; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:56 Mar 22, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 final rule, a SNPRM would be the next step in the rulemaking process.1 NPRM Comments Generally Elimination of Three Tier Rating System and Scope of FMCSA Rating Obligation In the NPRM, FMCSA proposed to eliminate the current three ratings of satisfactory, conditional and unsatisfactory. Instead, the Agency proposed only one rating of ‘‘unfit.’’ Commenters including John Brannum, C.H. Robinson, Greyhound Lines, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), Road Safe America, Truck Safety Coalition and the American Association for Justice supported the termination of the three-tier rating system. These commenters supported the fact that this change would not allow conditional carriers to operate without improving their operations and would make it much clearer for the shipping community to determine which carriers may or may not operate. Specifically, C. H. Robinson noted it has long recommended a two-tiered structure that more clearly signals to shippers, and other industry stakeholders, which carriers should not be hired due to safety concerns. It said all stakeholders seek clear direction from FMCSA, and FMCSA desires stakeholders to properly use data collected by FMCSA. David Gee, an owner of a motor carrier and a broker, commented that the Agency should use the rulemaking to affirm that the shipper and broker community can rely upon the agency’s ultimate safety fitness determination in making carrier selections free from state law negligence suits. Greyhound stated it agrees that the change will do away with the misperception that a ‘‘satisfactory’’ rating is a sign of operational approval. However, commenters including the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), Minnesota Trucking Association, School Bus, Inc., National School Transportation Association, and the American Trucking Associations, Inc. (ATA), opposed the proposed change. ATA wrote that the proposal to remove the term ‘‘safety rating’’ may have negative, perhaps unanticipated, consequences. Specifically, ATA explained that there will be no means to distinguish fleets whose safety management controls have been verified during compliance reviews (i.e. those labeled 1 See ‘‘FMCSA Sets Schedule for Safety Fitness Determination—Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,’’ January 12, 2017, at https:// www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/fmcsa-sets-schedulesafety-fitness-determination-supplemental-noticeproposed-rulemaking. E:\FR\FM\23MRP1.SGM 23MRP1

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Parts 174 and 180

[EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0032; FRL-9957-99]


Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of 
Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice of filing of petitions and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: This document announces the Agency's receipt of several 
initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or 
modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or 
on various commodities.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 24, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified the docket identification 
(ID) number and the pesticide petition number (PP) of interest as shown 
in the body of this document, 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), main telephone number: 
(703) 305-7090; email address: BPPDFRNotices@epa.gov., or Michael L. 
Goodis, Registration Division (RD) (7505P), main telephone number: 
(703) 305-7090; email address: RDFRNotices@epa.gov. The mailing address 
for each contact person is: Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-
0001. As part of the mailing address, include the contact person's 
name, division, and mail code. The division to contact is listed at the 
end of each pesticide petition summary.

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 under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for the division listed at the end of the 
pesticide petition summary of interest.

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.

II. What action is the Agency taking?

    EPA is announcing its receipt of several pesticide petitions filed 
under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 
21 U.S.C. 346a, requesting the establishment or modification of 
regulations in 40 CFR part 174 and part 180 for residues of pesticide 
chemicals in or on various food commodities. The Agency is taking 
public comment on the requests before responding to the petitioners. 
EPA is not proposing any particular action at this time. EPA has 
determined that the pesticide petitions described in this document 
contain the data or information prescribed in FFDCA section 408(d)(2), 
21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(2); however, EPA has not fully evaluated

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the sufficiency of the submitted data at this time or whether the data 
support granting of the pesticide petitions. After considering the 
public comments, EPA intends to evaluate whether and what action may be 
warranted. Additional data may be needed before EPA can make a final 
determination on these pesticide petitions.
    Pursuant to 40 CFR 180.7(f), a summary of each of the petitions 
that are the subject of this document, prepared by the petitioner, is 
included in a docket EPA has created for each rulemaking. The docket 
for each of the petitions is available at http://www.regulations.gov.
    As specified in FFDCA section 408(d)(3), 21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(3), EPA 
is publishing notice of the petitions so that the public has an 
opportunity to comment on these requests for the establishment or 
modification of regulations for residues of pesticides in or on food 
commodities. Further information on the petitions may be obtained 
through the petition summaries referenced in this unit.

New Tolerances

    1. PP 5E8439. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0066). Dow AgroSciences, LLC, 9330 
Zionsville Road Indianapolis, IN 46268, requests to establish a 
tolerance in 40 CFR part 180.638 for residues of the herbicide, 
pyroxsulam, in or on teff, grain at 0.01 ppm, teff, forage at 0.06 ppm, 
teff, hay at 0.01 ppm, and teff, straw at 0.03 ppm. The Dow 
AgroSciences Method GRM 04/17 is used to measure and evaluate the 
chemical residues of pyroxsulam in wheat commodities. Contact: RD.
    2. PP 6E8496. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0516). Interregional Research 
Project No.4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 
08540, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180.478 for 
residues of the herbicide rimsulfuron, N-[[(4,6-dimethoxy-2-
pyrimidinyl)amino] carbonyl]-3-(ethylsulfonyl)-2-pyridinesulfonamide, 
including its metabolites and degradates, in or on berry, low growing, 
except strawberry, subgroup 13-07H at 0.01 parts per million (ppm), 
fruit, citrus, group 10-10 at 0.01 ppm, fruit, pome, group 11-10 at 
0.01 ppm, fruit, stone, group 12-12 at 0.01 ppm, nut, tree, group 14-12 
at 0.01 ppm, vegetable, tuberous and corm, subgroup 1C at 0.1 ppm, 
fruit, small, vine climbing, except fuzzy kiwifruit, subgroup 13-07F at 
0.01 ppm, and tolerances with regional restrictions in or on fescue, 
forage at 0.01 ppm; fescue, hay at 0.01 ppm; ryegrass, perennial, hay 
at 0.01 ppm, and ryegrass, perennial, forage at 0.01 ppm. Analytical 
methodology, high-pressure liquid chromatography with Electrospray 
Ionization/tandem Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS) detection, is available 
for enforcement purposes. The two methods are ``Analytical Method for 
the Determination of Rimsulfuron in Watery and Dry Crop Matrices by 
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)/ESI-MS/MS'', DuPont 
Report 15033 and ``Analytical Method for the Determination of 
Rimsulfuron in Oily Crop Matrices by HPLC/ESI-MS/MS'', DuPont Report 
15027. The limit of quantitation for rimsulfuron with these methods, in 
raw agricultural commodities and in processed fractions, is 0.01 ppm. 
Contact RD
    3. PP 6E8510. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0651). Interregional Research 
Project No.4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 
08540, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180.458 for 
residues of the sum of the herbicide clethodim, 2-[(1E)-1-[[[(2E)-3-
chloro-2-propenyl]oxy]imino]propyl]-5-[2-(ethylthio)propyl]-3-hydroxy-
2-cyclohexen-1-one, and its metabolites containing the 5-(2-
ethylthiopropyl)cyclohexene-3-one and 5-(2-ethylthiopropyl)-5-
hydroxycyclohexene-3-one moieties and their sulphoxides and sulphones, 
calculated as the stoichiometric equivalent of clethodim, in or on in 
or on the raw agricultural commodities: almond, hulls at 0.2 parts per 
million (ppm); brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 4-16B at 3.0 ppm; leaf 
petiole vegetable subgroup 22B at 0.60 ppm; leafy greens subgroup 4-16A 
at 2.0 ppm; nut, tree, group 14-12 at 0.2 ppm; okra at 1.5 ppm; onion, 
green, subgroup 3-07B at 2.0 ppm; stalk and stem vegetable subgroup 22A 
at 1.7 ppm; vegetable, brassica, head and stem, group 5-16 at 3.0 ppm; 
and vegetable, fruiting, group 8-10, except okra at 1.0 ppm. Practical 
analytical methods for detecting and measuring levels of clethodim have 
been developed and validated in/on all appropriate agricultural 
commodities and respective processing fractions. The LOQ of clethodim 
in the methods is 0.2 ppm, which will allow monitoring of food with 
residues at the levels proposed for the tolerances. Contact: RD.
    4. PP 6F8512. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0649). Nisso America Inc., on behalf 
of Nippon Soda Co., Ltd., 88 Pine Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 
10005, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180.667 for 
residues of the fungicide, cyflufenamid, in or on cherry (crop sub-
group 12-12A) at 0.6 ppm, fruiting vegetables (crop group 8-10) at 0.2 
ppm, and hops at 5.0 ppm. A method was developed using solvent 
extraction of cyflufenamid from crops and analyzing sample extracts by 
LC/MS/MS. Contact: RD.

Amended Tolerances

    1. PP 6E8496. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0516). Inter-regional Research 
Project No.4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 
08540, requests to amend the tolerance(s) in 40 CFR part 180.478 upon 
establishment of tolerances under PP 6E8496 of ``New Tolerances'' 
referenced above, by removing existing tolerances for residues of the 
herbicide rimsulfuron, N-[[(4,6-dimethoxy-2-pyrimidinyl)amino] 
carbonyl]-3-(ethylsulfonyl)-2-pyridinesulfonamide, including its 
metabolites and degradates in or on fruit, citrus, group 10 at 0.01 
ppm; fruit, pome group 11 at 0.01 ppm; fruit, stone group 12 at 0.01 
ppm; grape at 0.01 ppm; nut, tree group 14 at 0.01 ppm; pistachio at 
0.01 ppm; and potato at 0.10 ppm. Analytical methodology, high-pressure 
liquid chromatography with ESI-MS/MS detection, is available for 
enforcement purposes. The two methods are ``Analytical Method for the 
Determination of Rimsulfuron in Watery and Dry Crop Matrices by HPLC/
ESI-MS/MS'', DuPont Report 15033 and ``Analytical Method for the 
Determination of Rimsulfuron in Oily Crop Matrices by HPLC/ESI-MS/MS'', 
DuPont Report 15027. The limit of quantitation for rimsulfuron with 
these methods, in raw agricultural commodities and in processed 
fractions, is 0.01 ppm. Contact RD
    2. PP 6E8510. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0651). Inter-regional Research 
Project No.4 (IR-4), 500 College Road East, Suite 201W, Princeton, NJ 
08540, requests to amend the tolerance(s) in 40 CFR part 180.458 upon 
establishment of tolerances under ``New Tolerances'' PP 6E8510 
referenced above, by removing established tolerances superseded by this 
action for residues of the sum of the herbicide clethodim, 2-[(1E)-1-
[[[(2E)-3-chloro-2-propenyl]oxy]imino]propyl]-5-[2-(ethylthio)propyl]-
3-hydroxy-2-cyclohexen-1-one, and its metabolites containing the 5-(2-
ethylthiopropyl)cyclohexene-3-one and 5-(2-ethylthiopropyl)-5-
hydroxycyclohexene-3-one moieties and their sulphoxides and sulphones, 
calculated as the stoichiometric equivalent of clethodim in or on the 
raw agricultural commodities asparagus at 1.7 ppm; brassica, head and 
stem, subgroup 5A at 3.0 ppm; brassica, leafy greens, subgroup 5B at 
3.0 ppm; leaf petioles subgroup 4B at 0.60 ppm; leafy greens subgroup 
4A at 2.0 ppm; onion, green at 2.0 ppm; turnip, greens at 3.0

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ppm; and vegetable, fruiting, group 8-10 at 1.0 ppm. Practical 
analytical methods for detecting and measuring levels of clethodim have 
been developed and validated in/on all appropriate agricultural 
commodities and respective processing fractions. The Limit of 
Quantitation (LOQ) of clethodim in the methods is 0.2 ppm, which will 
allow monitoring of food with residues at the levels proposed for the 
tolerances. Contact: RD.

Amended Tolerance Exemptions

    1. PP 6G8523. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0457). J.R. Simplot Company, 5369 W. 
Irving St., Boise, ID 83706, requests to amend an exemption from the 
requirement of a tolerance in 40 CFR 174.534 for residues of the plant-
incorporated protectant (PIP) VNT1 protein in or on potato. The 
petitioner believes no analytical method is needed for enforcement 
purposes because the VNT1 protein concentration is lower than the 
detectable limit of 100 parts per billion (ppb) in tubers. As the 
expression levels of the VNT1 protein are below detection limits, it is 
impractical to demonstrate methods for detecting and measuring the 
levels of the pesticide residues. Contact: BPPD.

    Authority:  21 U.S.C. 346a.

    Dated: January 11, 2017.
Michael Goodis,
Acting Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 2017-05704 Filed 3-22-17; 8:45 am]
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