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Bacillus thuringiensis - RED for Public Comment 6/98

[Federal Register: June 24, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 121)]
[Notices]
[Page 34383-34384]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[OPP-34126; FRL-5796-3]
Bacillus thuringiensis; Availability of Reregistration
Eligibility Document for Public Comment
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: This Notice announces the availability of the Reregistration
Eligibility Document (RED) for the active ingredient Bacillus
thuringiensis, and the start of a 60-day public comment period. The RED
for Bacillus thuringiensis is the Agency's formal regulatory assessment
of the health and environmental data base of the subject chemical, and
presents the Agency's determination regarding which pesticidal uses of
Bacillus thuringiensis are eligible for reregistration.

DATES: Written comments on the RED must be submitted by August 24,
1998.

ADDRESSES: Three copies of comments identified with the docket number
[OPP-34126] should be submitted to: By mail: Public Response and
Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division (7502C), Office of
Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., S.W.,
Washington, DC 20460. In person, deliver comments to: Room 119, CM2
1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA. Comments and data may also
be submitted electronically by following the instructions under
"Public Record." No Confidential Business Information (CBI) should be
submitted through e-mail.
    Information submitted as a comment in response to this Notice may
be claimed confidential by marking any part or all of that information
as CBI. Information so marked will not be

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disclosed except in accordance with procedures set for in 40 CFR part
2. A copy of the comment that does not contain CBI must be submitted
for inclusion in the public docket. Information not marked confidential
will be included in the public docket without prior notice. The public
docket and docket index will be available for public inspection in Rm.
119 at the address given above, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, excluding legal holidays.
    Electronic comments can be sent directly to EPA at: opp-
docket@epamail.epa.gov. Electronic comments must be submitted as an
ASCII File avoiding the use of special characters and any form of
encryption. Comment and data will also be accepted on disks in
Wordperfect 5.1/6.1 file format or ASCII file format.
    All comments and data in electronic form must be identified by the
docket control number [OPP-34126]. Electronic comments on this proposed
rule may be filed online at many Federal Depository Libraries.
    To request a copy of the above RED, or a RED Fact Sheet, contact
the Public Response and Program Resources Branch, in Rm. 119 at the
address given above or call (703) 305-5805.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Technical questions on the RED should
be directed to the Biopesticide Review Manager, William R. Schneider,
PM 90, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (7511C), Office
of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW.,
Washington, DC 20460. Office location, telephone number, and e-mail
address: 9th floor CM2 2100 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA;
(703-308-8683), e-mail: schneider.william@epamail.epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency has issued Reregistration
Eligibility Documents (RED) for the pesticidal active ingredient:
Bacillus thuringiensis. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act, as amended in 1988, EPA is conducting an accelerated
reregistration program to reevaluate existing pesticides to make sure
they meet current scientific and regulatory standards. The data base to
support the reregistration of the chemical Bacillus thuringiensis is
substantially complete. EPA has determined that all currently
registered products containing Bacillus thuringiensis as an active
ingredient are eligible for reregistration.
    All registrants of products containing Bacillus thuringiensis have
been sent the appropriate RED and must respond to the labeling
requirements and the product specific data requirements (if applicable)
within 8 months of receipt. These products will not be reregistered
until adequate product specific data have been submitted and all
necessary product label changes are implemented.
    The reregistration program is being conducted under congressionally
mandated time frames, and EPA recognizes both the need to make timely
reregistration decisions and to involve the public. Therefore, EPA is
issuing the RED as a final document with a 60-day comment period.
Although the 60-day public comment period does not affect the
registrant's response due date, it is intended to provide an
opportunity for public input and a mechanism for initiating any
necessary amendments to the RED. All comments will be carefully
considered by the Agency and if any of those comments impact on the
RED, EPA will issue an amendment to the RED and publish a Federal
Register notice announcing its availability.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection.

    Dated: June 12, 1998.

Janet L. Andersen,
Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. 98-16777 Filed 6-23-98; 8:45 am]
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