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Nosema locustae - Availability of Reregistration Eligibility Documents 4/93

Nosema Locustae; Pesticide Reregistration Eligibility Documents;
Availability for Comment
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of availability of reregistration eligibility
documents; opening of public comment period.
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SUMMARY: This Notice announces the availability of the Reregistration
Eligibility Document (RED) for the active ingredient nosema
locustae, and the start of a 60-day public comment period. The
RED for nosema locustae 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 nosema locustae are eligible for reregistration.

DATES: Written comments on the RED must be submitted by June
14, 1993.

ADDRESSES: Three copies of comments identified with the docket
number "OPP-00327" should be submitted to: By mail: 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, deliver comments
to: Rm. 1132, CM #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington,
VA.
   Information submitted as a comment in response to 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
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. 1132 at the address given above, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.
   To request a copy of the above RED, or a Red Fact Sheet,
contact the Public
Response and Program Resources Branch, in
Rm. 1132, CM #2, at the address given above or call (703) 305-
5805.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Technical questions on the
RED should be directed to the chemical review manager, Sue Rathman,
at (703) 308-8069.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency has issued Reregistration
Eligibility Documents for the pesticidal active ingredient:
nosema locustae. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act, as amended in l988, 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
nosema locustae is substantially complete. EPA has determined
that all currently registered products containing nosema locustae
as an active ingredient are eligible for reregistration.
   All registrants of products containing nosema locustae 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 amendement to the RED and publish
a Federal Register Notice announcing its availability.

   Dated: April 7, 1993.

Peter Caulkins,
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division,
Office of Pesticide Programs.

FR Doc. 93-8566 Filed 4-13-93; 8:45 am