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Pseudomonas fluorescens - Notification of Intent 5/93

Receipt of Notification of Intent to Conduct Small-Scale Field
Testing; Genetically Modified Microbial Pesticide
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: EPA has received from the Ciba-Geigy Corp. a notification
of intent to conduct small-scale field testing on cotton, vegetables,
and ornamentals in Florida, Mississippi, California, New York,
and Illinois of a genetically modified strain of Pseudomonas
fluorescens isolated from roots of cotton plants grown in Texas.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before June 9, 1993.

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)-
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), has been received from
the Ciba-Geigy Corp., Greensboro, NC. The purpose of the proposed
testing is to evaluate the efficacy of a genetically modified
strain (CGA-267356) of an indigenous strain of Pseudomonas fluorescens,
strain MOCG-0134, isolated from roots of cotton plants grown
in Texas, for the control of soil-borne pathogens of cotton,
vegetables, and ornamentals. The proposed field tests would
be conducted at Ciba-Geigy research stations in Florida, Mississippi,
California, New York, and Illinois. The total area of the proposed
test sites is 1.5 acres.

   Dated: May 11, 1993.

Lawrence E. Culleen,

Acting Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide

Programs.

[FR Doc. 93-12365 Filed 5-25-93; 8:45 am]

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