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Agrobacterium vitus - Receipt of Notification of Intent 2/94

[OPP-50774; FRL-4759-1]

Receipt of Notification of Intent to Conduct Small-Scale Field
Testing; Nonindigenous Microbial Pesticide

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: EPA has received from the Department of Plant Pathology,
Cornell University, Geneva Campus, a notification of intent
to conduct small-scale field testing on grape vines in the State
of New York of a strain of Agrobacterium vitus which was originally
isolated in South Africa.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 11, 1994.

ADDRESSES: By mail, submit written comments to: Public Response
and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division (7506C),
Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency,
401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. In person, bring comments
to: Rm. 1128, CM #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA.

   Information submitted and any comment(s) concerning this
notice may be claimed confidential by marking any part or all
of that information as "Confidential Business Information"
(CBI). Information so marked will not be disclosed except in
accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. A copy
of the comment(s) that does not contain CBI must be submitted
for inclusion in the public record. Information not marked confidential
may be disclosed publicly by EPA without prior notice to the
submitter. Information on the proposed test and any written
comments will be available for public inspection in Rm. 246
at the Virginia address given above, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By mail: Sidney C. Jackson,
Acting Product Manager (PM) 21, Registration Division (7505C),
Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency,
401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. Office location and telephone
number: Rm. 227, CM #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington,
VA, (703)-305-6900.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A notification of intent to conduct
small-scale field testing pursuant to the EPA's "Statement
of Policy; Microbial Products Subject to the Federal Insecticide,
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Toxic Substances Control
Act" of June 26, 1986 (51 FR 23313), was received on December
2, 1993, from Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology,
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY 14456-
0462. The purpose of the proposed testing is to evaluate the
efficacy of a nonindigenous strain of Agrobacterium vitus originally
isolated in South Africa for the control of crown gall on grape
vines. This strain is a nonpathogenic strain of a species of
bacteria which is commonly detected in vinyards worldwide. The
proposed field tests would be conducted in the State of New
York on a total area of less than 10 acres.

List of Subjects

   Environmental protection, Agricultural commodities, Pesticides
and pests.

Dated: February 8, 1994.

Stephen L. Johnson,
Acting Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide
Programs.

[FR Doc. 94-4210 Filed 2-24-94; 8:45 am]