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Aluminum Phosphide - EPA Conditional Product Registration of ECO2FUME 3/00

[Federal Register: March 23, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 57)]
[Page 15634-15635]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []
[OPP-30482A; FRL-6496-4]
Pesticide Product Registrations; Conditional Approval
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: This notice announces Agency approval of applications
submitted by CYTEC Industries Inc, to conditionally register the
pesticide product ECO2FUME containing a new active ingredient not
included in any previously registered products pursuant to the
provisions of section 3(c)(7)(C) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide,
and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By mail: Dennis McNeilly, Registration
Division (7505C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental
Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-6742; and e-mail


I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

    You may be affected by this action if you are an agricultural
producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. Potentially
affected categories and entities may include, but are not limited to:

                                                          Examples of
           Categories                 NAICS codes         potentially
                                                       affected entities
Industry                          111                 Crop production
                                  112                 Animal production
                                  311                 Food manufacturing
                                  132532              Pesticide

    This listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides
a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by this
action. Other types of entities not listed in the table could also be
affected. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS)
codes have been provided to assist you and others in determining
whether or not this action might apply to certain entities. If you have
questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular
entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

B. How Can I Get Additional Information, Including Copies of this
Document and Other Related Documents?

    1. Electronically. You may obtain electronic copies of this
document, and certain other related documents that might be available
electronically, from the EPA Internet Home Page at
To access this document, on the Home Page select "Laws and
Regulations" and then look up the entry for this document under the
"Federal Register--Environmental

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Documents." You can also go directly to the Federal Register listings
    To access a fact sheet which provides more detail on this
registration, go to the Home Page for the Office of Pesticide Programs
at, and select "fact sheet."
    2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for
this action under docket control number OPP-30482A. The official record
consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, any
public comments received during an applicable comment period, and other
information related to this action, including any information claimed
as Confidential Business Information (CBI). This official record
includes the documents that are physically located in the docket, as
well as the documents that are referenced in those documents. The
public version of the official record does not include any information
claimed as CBI. The public version of the official record, which
includes printed paper versions of any electronic comments submitted
during an applicable comment period, is available for inspection in the
Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Rm. 119,
Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA, from 8:30
a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The
PIRIB telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
    In accordance with section 3(c)(2) of FIFRA, a copy of the approved
label, the list of data references, the data and other scientific
information used to support registration, except for material
specifically protected by section 10 of FIFRA, are available for public
inspection in the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch,
Information Resources and Services Division (7502C), Office of
Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal
Mall #2. Requests for data must be made in accordance with the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and must be addressed to
the Freedom of Information Office (A-101), Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Such requests should:
Identify the product name and registration number and specify the data
or information desired.
    A paper copy of the fact sheet, which provides more detail on this
registration, may be obtained from the National Technical Information
Service (NTIS), 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161.

II. Did EPA Conditionally Approve the Application?

    A conditional registration may be granted under section 3(c)(7)(C)
of FIFRA for a new active ingredient where certain data are lacking, on
condition that such data are received by the end of the conditional
registration period and do not meet or exceed the risk criteria set
forth in 40 CFR 154.7; that use of the pesticide during the conditional
registration period will not cause unreasonable adverse effects; and
that use of the pesticide is in the public interest. The Agency has
considered the available data on the risks associated with the proposed
use of phosphine gas, and information on social, economic, and
environmental benefits to be derived from such use. Specifically, the
Agency has considered the nature and its pattern of use (methyl bromide
alternative), application methods and rates, and level and extent of
potential exposure. Based on these reviews, the Agency was able to make
basic health and safety determinations which show that use of phosphine
gas during the period of conditional registration will not cause any
unreasonable adverse effect on the environment, and that use of the
pesticide is in the public interest.
    Consistent with section 3(c)(7)(C) of FIFRA, the Agency has
determined that these conditional registrations are in the public
interest. Use of the pesticides are of significance to the user
community, and appropriate labeling, use directions, and other measures
have been taken to ensure that use of the pesticides will not result in
unreasonable adverse effects to man and the environment.

III. Conditionally Approved Registrations

    EPA issued a notice, published in the Federal Register, of October
20, 1999 (64 FR 56500) (FRL-6382-8), which announced that BOC Gases
America, 575 Mountain Ava, Murray Hill, NJ 07424 had submitted an
application to register ECO2FUME fumigation gas (EPA File Symbol 38719-
T). The end-use product, ECO2FUME, is an insecticide containing the new
active ingredient phosphine gas at 2% in carbon dioxide. ECO2FUME is
registered to control numerous insects which infest nonfood commodities
(including tobacco). This product was subsequently transferred (prior
to registration) to Cytec Industries Inc., 5 Garret Mountain Plaza,
West Paterson, NJ 07424, and was assigned a new file number and
ultimately the registration number: 68387-7.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: March 16, 2000.
James Jones,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 00-7232 Filed 3-22-00; 8:45 am]