Azinphos-methyl, Disulfoton, Esfenvalerate, Ethylene oxide, Fenvalerate, et al.; Proposed Tolerance Actions
EPA is proposing to revoke certain tolerances for the fungicides prothioconazole and thiabendazole; the herbicide primisulfuron- methyl; and the insecticides azinphos-methyl, disulfoton, esfenvalerate, fenvalerate, and phosalone; the plant growth regulator 1-naphthaleneacetic acid; and the antimicrobial/insecticidal agent ethylene oxide. Also, EPA is proposing to modify certain tolerances for the insecticides disulfoton, esfenvalerate, and phosmet; and the plant growth regulator 1-naphthaleneacetic acid. In addition, EPA is proposing to establish new tolerances for the insecticides disulfoton, esfenvalerate, and phosmet; and the antimicrobial/ insecticidal agent ethylene oxide and ethylene chlorohydrin (a reaction product formed during the fumigation/sterilization process). The regulatory actions proposed in this document are in follow-up to the Agency's reregistration program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and tolerance reassessment program under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), section 408(q).
Notice of Availability of Preliminary Residual Desigination of Certain Storm Water Discharges in the State of Maine Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water Act
The Regional Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) New England Regional Office is providing notice of availability of a preliminary determination that certain storm water discharges in the Long Creek watershed located in South Portland, Westbrook, Scarborough, and Portland, Maine will be required to obtain permit coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits under the Clean Water Act. EPA is seeking public comment on the nature and scope of this preliminary residual designation. The period for comment on this preliminary residual designation will remain open until the close of the public comment period on any NPDES general or individual permit related to this preliminary residual designation. However, EPA strongly encourages interested parties to submit their comments within 45 days of the commencement of the comment period, after which EPA intends to review this preliminary residual designation and to decide whether to make any changes to it. It is EPA's intention to make a final residual designation following the close of the comment period on any associated NPDES permit. Copies of the preliminary residual designation are available for inspection online and in hardcopy as described elsewhere in this notice document.
Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Construction Permit Program; Interpretation of Regulations That Determine Pollutants Covered by the Federal PSD Permit Program
On December 18, 2008, the Administrator issued an interpretive memorandum entitled ``EPA's Interpretation of Regulations That Determine Pollutants Covered by Federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Program.'' This memorandum clarifies the scope of the EPA regulation that determines the pollutants subject to the Federal PSD program under the Clean Air Act (Act). Under Title I, Part C of the Act, the PSD program preconstruction permit requirement applies to any new major stationary source or modified existing major stationary source of regulated air pollutants located in an area that is either attaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) or unclassifiable. Under the Federal PSD permitting regulations, only new or modified major sources that emit one or more ``regulated NSR pollutants,'' as that term is defined in the regulations, are subject to the requirements of the PSD program, including the requirement to install the best available control technology (BACT) for those regulated NSR pollutants that the facility has the potential to emit in significant amounts. This memorandum contains EPA's definitive interpretation of ``regulated NSR pollutant'' and is intended to resolve any ambiguity in the definition, which includes ``any pollutant that otherwise is subject to regulation under the Act.'' As of the date of the memorandum, EPA interprets this definition of ``regulated NSR pollutant'' to exclude pollutants for which EPA regulations only require monitoring or reporting but include all pollutants subject to a provision in the Act or regulation adopted by EPA under the Act that requires actual control of emissions of that pollutant.
2, 4-D, Bensulide, Chlorpyrifos, DCPA, Desmedipham, Dimethoate, Fenamiphos, Metolachlor, Phorate, Sethoxydim, Terbufos, Tetrachlorvinphos, and Triallate; Technical Amendment
EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register of September 17, 2008, concerning the modification of certain tolerances for a number of pesticides including the herbicides DCPA and sethoxydim as a follow-up to the Agency's reregistration program under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and tolerance reassessment program under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This document corrects clerical errors made in the final rule.
Fomesafen; Notice of Receipt of Request To Voluntarily Cancel Pesticide Registrations
In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of a request by the registrant to voluntarily cancel the registration of certain products containing the pesticide fomesafen. The request would not terminate the last fomesafen products registered for use in the United States. EPA intends to grant this request at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the request, or unless the registrant withdraws the request within this period. Upon acceptance of this request, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order.
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petition on Food Contact Surfaces
This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide petitions proposing the amendment of regulations 40 CFR 180.940(a) for residues of antimicrobial pesticide formulation containing n-Alkyl(C12- C14) dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chlorides applied to food contact surfaces in public eating places, dairy processing equipment, and food processing equipment and utensils.
Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee
Under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, EPA gives notice of a meeting of the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). The purpose of the FRRCC is to provide advice to the Administrator of EPA on environmental issues and programs that impact, or are of concern to, farms, ranches, and rural communities. The FRRCC is a part of EPA's efforts to expand cooperative working relationships with the agriculture industry and others who are interested in agricultural issues to achieve greater progress in environmental protection. The purpose of this teleconference is to discuss and approve the draft FRRCC recommendations on EPA's Draft Biofuels Strategy. A copy of the meeting agenda will be posted at https://www.epa.gov/ocemlfrrcc.