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Bacillus thuringiensis - Receipt of Notifications to Conduct Small-Scale Field Testing 6/93

Nonindigenous Microbial Pesticides
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA's receipt of two notifications
of intent to conduct small-scale field testing of nonindigenous
strains of Bacillus thuringiensis from the Ciba-Geigy Corporation.
DATES: Written comments must be received on or before July 9,
1993.

ADDRESSES: By mail: Comments, in triplicate, should bear the
docket control number OPP-50754 and be submitted 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, Crystal Mall .2, 1921 Jefferson Davis
Highway, Crystal City, VA.
   Information submitted in any comment 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
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.
Written comments will be available for public inspection in
Rm. 1128 at the address given above, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By mail: Phillip O. Hutton,
Product Manager (PM) 18, Registration Division (H7505C), Office
of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 401
M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. Office location and telephone
number: Rm. 213, Crystal Mall .2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway,
Crystal City, VA, (703) 305-7690.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Two notifications of intent to conduct
small-scale field testing pursuant to the EPA's Statement of
Policy entitled, "Microbial Products Subject to the Federal
Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Toxic Substances
Control Act," published in the Federal Register of June 26,
1986 (51 FR 23313) have been received from the Ciba-Geigy Corporation
of Greensboro, North Carolina. The purpose of the proposed testing
is to evaluate the efficacy of six Bacillus thuringiensis strains
isolated from the United Kingdom againt the Colorado potato
beetle and five nonindigenous Bt strains isolated from Switzerland
against lepidopterous pests. The field test for the strains
isolated from Switzerland are to take place in California, Florida,
Mississippi, and Texas from 1993 to 1995 with a combined acreage
of 1.6 acres/year for each of the five strains. The commodities
to be tested for the Swiss strains are cotton, field crops,
ornamentals, and vegetables. The field tests for the United
Kingdom strains are to take place in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania,
and Wisconsin from 1993 to 1995 with a combined acreage of 0.32
acre/year for each of the six strains. The commodity to be tested
for the United Kingdom strains is potato. Following the review
of the Ciba-Geigy Corporation application and any comments received
in response to this Notice, EPA will decide whether or not an
experimental use permit is required.

   Dated: May 21, 1993.

Lawrence E. Culleen,

Acting Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide

Programs.

[FR Doc. 93-13586 Filed 6-8-93; 8:45 am]