Environmental Protection Agency November 9, 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pyrethrins/Pyrethroid Cumulative Risk Assessment; Notice of Availability
Document Number: 2011-29089
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces the availability of EPA's cumulative risk assessment for the naturally occurring pyrethrins and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides (often collectively called the `pyrethroids') and opens a public comment period on this document and other supporting documents which are available in the docket. The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA) requires the EPA to consider available information concerning the cumulative effects on human health resulting from exposure to multiple chemicals that have a common mechanism of toxicity when making regulatory decisions. The Agency has identified a common mechanism of toxicity for the naturally occurring pyrethrins and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides, and has conducted a screening-level cumulative risk assessment for all pesticidal uses for the pyrethroids. Based on this assessment, EPA has concluded that the cumulative risks from existing pyrethroid uses are below the Agency's level of concern. Because this cumulative assessment uses a number of very conservative assumptions, EPA is providing an opportunity, through this notice, for interested parties to provide comments and input on any additional information that may be used to further refine the very conservative nature of this cumulative risk assessment.
Streptomycin Sulfate; Receipt of Application for Emergency Exemption, Solicitation of Public Comment
Document Number: 2011-29082
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has received a specific exemption request from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to use the pesticide streptomycin sulfate (CAS No. 3810-74-0) to treat up to 54,000 acres of fresh-market grapefruit to control citrus canker (caused by the bacteria Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. Citri (Xac)). The applicant proposes a use of a pesticide which contains the active ingredient, streptomycin sulfate, also used in humans and animals as an antibiotic drug. EPA is soliciting public comment before making the decision whether or not to grant the exemption.
Pesticide Products; Receipt of Applications to Register New Uses
Document Number: 2011-29077
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients, pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. EPA is publishing this Notice of applications, pursuant to section 3(c)(4) of FIFRA.
Access to Confidential Business Information by Protection Strategies Incorporated
Document Number: 2011-29074
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that EPA has recently learned of a corporate merger/acquisition involving a contractor cleared for access to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) confidential business information and to provide notice that this contract has been extended until December 31, 2011. Protection Strategies Incorporated (PSI) has been the owner of Eagle Technologies Incorporated (Eagle) since March 2010. Eagle's previous contract (EP-W- 06-029) expired September 30, 2011. A bridge contract, signed on September 30, 2011, with Eagle's successor PSI, is currently in place and will expire December 31, 2011. EPA has authorized its contractor, PSI of Arlington, VA, to access information which has been submitted to EPA under all sections of TSCA. Some of the information may be claimed or determined to be Confidential Business Information (CBI).
Tolerance Crop Grouping Program III
Document Number: 2011-29071
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is proposing revisions to its pesticide tolerance crop grouping regulations, which allow the establishment of tolerances for multiple, related crops based on data from a representative set of crops. The present revisions would expand existing crop groups for stone fruits and tree nuts by establishing new crop subgroups and/or adding new commodities. EPA expects these revisions to promote greater use of crop groupings for tolerance-setting purposes and, in particular, to assist in making available lower risk pesticides for minor crops, both domestically and in countries that export food to the United States. This is the third in a series of planned crop group updates expected to be proposed over the next several years.
Draft Toxicological Review of Vanadium Pentoxide: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
Document Number: 2011-29067
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA announced a 60-day public comment period on September 30, 2011, (76FR60825) for the external review draft human health assessment titled, ``Toxicological Review of Vanadium Pentoxide: In Support of Summary Information on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)'' (EPA/635R-11/004A). EPA is extending the public comment period 30 days at the request of the Vanadium Producers and Reclaimers Association. EPA is also rescheduling the listening session to December 8, 2011. The draft assessment was prepared by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). EPA has released this draft assessment solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This draft assessment has not been formally disseminated by EPA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. After public review and comment, an EPA contractor will convene an expert panel for independent external peer review of this draft assessment. The public comment period and external peer review meeting are separate processes that provide opportunities for all interested parties to comment on the assessment. The external peer review meeting will be scheduled at a later date and announced in the Federal Register. Public comments submitted during the public comment period will be provided to the external peer reviewers before the panel meeting and considered by EPA in the disposition of public comments. Public comments received after the public comment period closes will not be submitted to the external peer reviewers and will only be considered by EPA if time permits.
Public Water System Supervision Program Revision for the State of New Mexico
Document Number: 2011-29063
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given that the State of New Mexico is revising its approved Public Water System Supervision Program. New Mexico has adopted the Lead and Copper Rule Short Term Revisions. The purpose of this rule is to improve control and reduce the risk of lead and copper in drinking water. EPA has determined that this rule revision submitted by New Mexico is no less stringent than the corresponding federal regulation. Therefore, EPA intends to approve the program revisions.
Proposed CERCLA Administrative Cost Recovery Settlement; Tracy Lead Battery Site, Tracy, MN
Document Number: 2011-29062
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
In accordance with Section 122(I) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, as amended (``CERCLA''), 42 U.S.C. 9622(I), notice is hereby given of a proposed administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs concerning the Tracy Lead Battery Site in Tracy, Minnesota with the following settling parties: Day Side Recycling Corporation, Bay Side Holding Corporation and Zenith Investment and Management Corporation. The settlement requires the settling parties to pay $45,300.00 to the Hazardous Substance Superfund. The settlement includes a covenant not to sue the settling parties pursuant to Section 107(a) of CERCLA, 42 U.S.C. 9607(a). For thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the settlement. The Agency will consider all comments received and may modify or withdraw its consent to the settlement if comments received disclose facts or considerations which indicate that the settlement is inappropriate, improper, or inadequate. The Agency's response to any comments received will be available for public inspection at the U.S. EPA Record Center, Room 714 U.S. EPA, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.
Methacrylic Polymer; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2011-28952
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, telomer with 2-ethylhexyl 2-propenoate, 2-propanol and sodium 2-methyl-2-[(1- oxo-2-propen-1-yl) amino]-1-propanesulfonate (1:1), sodium salt (CAS Reg. No. 1260001-65-7), also known as methacrylic polymer, when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation under 40 CFR 180.960. AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry LLC submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of 2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, telomer with 2-ethylhexyl 2- propenoate, 2-propanol and sodium 2-methyl-2-[(1-oxo-2-propen-1-yl) amino]-1-propanesulfonate (1:1), sodium salt on food or feed commodities.
Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information
Document Number: 2011-28950
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Section 5 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires any person who intends to manufacture (defined by statute to include import) a new chemical (i.e., a chemical not on the TSCA Chemical Substances Inventory (TSCA Inventory)) to notify EPA and comply with the statutory provisions pertaining to the manufacture of new chemicals. Under TSCA sections 5(d)(2) and 5(d)(3), EPA is required to publish in the Federal Register a notice of receipt of a premanufacture notice (PMN) or an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), and to publish in the Federal Register periodic status reports on the new chemicals under review and the receipt of notices of commencement (NOC) to manufacture those chemicals. This document, which covers the period from September 12, 2011 to September 23, 2011, and provides the required notice and status report, consists of the PMNs and TMEs, both pending or expired, and the NOC to manufacture a new chemical that the Agency has received under TSCA section 5 during this time period.
Flutriafol; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-28947
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of flutriafol, (()-[alpha]-(2-fluorophenyl)-[alpha]-(4- fluorophenyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-ethanol, in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. Cheminova A/S, c/o Cheminova, Inc. requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Trifloxystrobin; Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-28945
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of trifloxystrobin in or on alfalfa, forage and alfalfa, hay. Bayer CropScience requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pesticide Emergency Exemptions; Agency Decisions and State and Federal Agency Crisis Declarations
Document Number: 2011-28940
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has granted or denied emergency exemptions under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for use of pesticides as listed in this notice. The exemptions or denials were granted during the period July 1, 2011 to September 30, 2011, to control unforeseen pest outbreaks.
Withdrawal of a Pesticide Petition for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2011-28934
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This document announces the withdrawal of a pesticide petition requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities. The petition was either withdrawn voluntarily by the petitioner or administratively by the Agency.
Methacrylic Acid-Methyl Methacrylate-Polyethylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Methacrylate Graft Copolymer; Tolerance Exemption
Document Number: 2011-28792
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate- polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether methacrylate graft copolymer when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Akzo Noel Surface Chemistry LLC submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of methacrylic acid-methyl methacrylate-polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether methacrylate graft copolymer on food or feed commodities.
Abamectin (avermectin); Pesticide Tolerances
Document Number: 2011-28666
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of abamectin (avermectin) in or on onion, bulb, subgroup 3-07A; chive, fresh leaves; chive, dried leaves; and bean, dry, seed. This regulation additionally removes time-limited tolerances on bean, lima, seed; and onion, bulb, as the tolerances will be superseded by permanent tolerance. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Pesticide Products; Receipt of Applications To Register New Uses
Document Number: 2011-28657
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces receipt of applications to register new uses for pesticide products containing currently registered active ingredients, pursuant to the provisions of section 3(c) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended. EPA is publishing this notice of such applications, pursuant to section 3(c)(4) of FIFRA.
Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities
Document Number: 2011-28647
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection 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.
Amides, C5
Document Number: 2011-28643
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of amides, C5-C9, N- [3-(dimethylamino)propyl]; (CAS Reg. No. 1044764-00-2) and amides, C6-C12, N-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]; (CAS Reg. No. 1044764-06-8) when used as inert ingredients (surfactants) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest. Monsanto Company submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting establishment of an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of amides, C5-C9, N-[3- (dimethylamino)propyl]; (CAS Reg. No. 1044764-00-2) and amides, C6-C12, N-[3-(dimethylamino)propyl]; (CAS Reg. No. 1044764-06-8).
SFIREG Full Committee; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-28638
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
The Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)/State FIFRA Issues Research and Evaluation Group (SFIREG), Full Committee will hold a 2-day meeting, beginning on December 5, 2011, and ending December 6, 2011. This notice announces the location and times for the meeting and sets forth the tentative agenda topics.
Primus Solutions, Inc., and Arctic Slope Regional Corp.; Transfer of Data
Document Number: 2011-28626
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This notice announces that pesticide related information submitted to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), including information that may have been claimed as Confidential Business Information (CBI) by the submitter, will be transferred to Primus Solutions, Inc., and its subcontractor, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) in accordance with 40 CFR 2.307(h)(3) and 2.308(i)(2). Primus Solutions, Inc., and its subcontractor, ASRC have been awarded a contract to perform work for OPP, and access to this information will enable Primus Solutions, Inc., and its subcontractor, ASRC, to fulfill the obligations of the contract.
Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; California; South Coast; Attainment Plan for 1997 PM2.5
Document Number: 2011-27620
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving in part and disapproving in part state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by California to provide for attainment of the 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards in the Los Angeles-South Coast area (South Coast). These SIP revisions are the South Coast 2007 Air Quality Management Plan (South Coast 2007 AQMP) (revised 2011) and South Coast-related provisions of the 2007 State Strategy (revised 2009 and 2011). EPA is approving the emissions inventory; reasonably available control measures/reasonably available control technology demonstration; the reasonable further progress and attainment demonstrations and associated air quality modeling; and the transportation conformity motor vehicle emissions budgets. EPA is also granting California's request to extend the attainment deadline for the South Coast to April 5, 2015 and approving commitments to measures and reductions by the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Air Resources Board. Finally, we are disapproving the SIP's contingency measures and issuing a protective finding under 40 CFR 93.120(a)(3), and we are rejecting the assignment of 10 tons per day (tpd) of nitrogen oxide (NOX) reductions to the federal government.
Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California; 2008 San Joaquin Valley PM2.5
Document Number: 2011-27232
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-09
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
EPA is approving in part and disapproving in part state implementation plan (SIP) revisions submitted by California to provide for attainment of the 1997 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV). These SIP revisions are the SJV 2008 PM2.5 Plan (revised 2010 and 2011) and SJV-related provisions of the 2007 State Strategy (revised 2009 and 2011). EPA is approving the emissions inventory, the reasonably available control measures/reasonably available control technology demonstration, reasonable further progress demonstration, attainment demonstration and associated air quality modeling, and the transportation conformity motor vehicle emissions budgets. EPA is also granting California's request to extend the attainment deadline for the SJV to April 5, 2015 and approving commitments to measures and reductions by the SJV Unified Air Pollution Control District and the California Air Resources Board. Finally, it is disapproving the SIP's contingency provisions and issuing a protective finding for transportation conformity determinations under 40 CFR 93.120(a)(3) for this disapproval.