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Erwinia herbicola - Notification of Intent 5/93

[OPP-50754; FRL-4588-7]
Receipt of Notification of Intent to Conduct Small-Scale Field
Testing; Nonindigenous and Genetically Modified 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, a notification of intent to conduct small-
scale field testing in New York with three nonindigenous strains
and two genetically modified strains of Erwinia herbicola.

ADDRESSES: By mail, submit written comments to: Public Response
and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division (H7506C),
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: Susan T. Lewis, Product
Manager (PM-21), Registration Division (H-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)-
557-6900.

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), dated May 4, 1993, has
been received from the Department of Plant Pathology, Cornell
University, Ithaca, New York 14853. The purpose of the proposed
testing is to evaluate the efficacy of three nonindigenous strains
and two genetically modified strains of Erwinia herbicola for
the control of fire blight in apples. The nonindigenous strains
were isolated from fruit trees in Israel. The genetically modified
strains were produced from two indigenous strains of Erwinia
herbicola by transposon mutagenesis with the transposon Tn5.
The proposed field tests would be conducted in the State of
New York on a total area of less than 10 acres.

   Dated: May 17, 1993.

Lawrence E. Culleen,

Acting Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide

Programs.

[FR Doc. 93-12482 Filed 5-25-93; 8:45 am]

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