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Ethylene Oxide - Pesticide Petition Filing 7/98

[Federal Register: July 28, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 144)]
[Notices]
[Page 40273-40279]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[PF-816; FRL-5799-3]
Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide
petitions proposing the establishment of regulations for residues of
certain pesticide chemicals in or on various food commodities.
DATES: Comments, identified by the docket control number PF-816, must
be received on or before August 27, 1998.
ADDRESSES: By mail submit written comments to: Public Information and
Records Integrity Branch, Information Resources and Services Division
(7502C), Office of Pesticides Programs, Environmental Protection
Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. In person bring comments
to: Rm. 1132, CM #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
    Comments and data may also be submitted electronically to: opp-
docket@epamail.epa.gov. Follow the instructions under "SUPPLEMENTARY
INFORMATION." No confidential business information should be submitted
through e-mail.
    Information submitted as a comment concerning this document may be
claimed confidential by marking any part or all of that information as
"Confidential Business Information" (CBI). CBI should not be
submitted through e-mail. Information marked as CBI 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. All written
comments will be available for public inspection in Rm. 1132 at the
address given above, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,
excluding legal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The product manager listed in the
table below:

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                                   Office location/
        Product Manager            telephone number          Address
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Bipin Gandhi (PM 21)..........  Rm. 707A, CM #2, 703-   1921 Jefferson
                                 308-8380, e-            Davis Hwy,
                                 mail:gandhi.bipin@epa   Arlington, VA.
                                 mail.epa.gov.
Cynthia Giles-Parker (PM 22)..  Rm. 247, CM #2, 703-    1921 Jefferson
                                 305-7740, e-            Davis
                                 mail:giles-             Hwy.,Arlington,
                                 parker@epamail.epa.go   VA.
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA has received pesticide petitions as
follows proposing the establishment and/or amendment of regulations for
residues of certain pesticide chemicals in or on various food
commodities under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Comestic
Act (FFDCA), 21 U.S.C. 346a. EPA has determined that these petitions
contain data or information regarding the elements set forth in section
408(d)(2); however, EPA has not fully evaluated the sufficiency of the
submitted data at this time or whether the data supports granting of
the petition. Additional data may be needed before EPA rules on the
petition.
    The official record for this notice of filing, as well as the
public version, has been established for this notice of filing under
docket control number [PF-816] (including comments and data submitted
electronically as described below). A public version of this record,
including printed, paper versions of electronic comments, which does
not include any information claimed as CBI, is available for inspection
from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal
holidays. The official record is located at the address in
"ADDRESSES" at the beginning of this document.
    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. Comments and data
will also be accepted on disks in Wordperfect 5.1 file format or ASCII
file format. All comments and data in electronic form must be
identified by the docket number (insert docket number) and appropriate
petition number. Electronic comments on notice may be filed online at
many Federal Depository Libraries.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Agricultural commodities, Food additives,
Feed additives, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and recordkeeping
requirements.

    Dated:July 9, 1998.

James Jones,

Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

Summaries of Petitions

    Petitioner summaries of the pesticide petitions are printed below
as required by section 408(d)(3) of the FFDCA. The summaries of the
petitions were prepared by the petitioners and

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represent the views of the petitioners. EPA is publishing the petition
summaries verbatim without editing them in any way. The petition
summary announces the availability of a description of the analytical
methods available to EPA for the detection and measurement of the
pesticide chemical residues or an explanation of why no such method is
needed.

2. ICI Surfactants

PP 8E4965

    EPA has received a pesticide petition (PP 8E4965) from ICI
Surfactants, 3411 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE, proposing pursuant
to section 408(d) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21
U.S.C. 346a(d), to amend 40 CFR 180.1001(c) and (e) to establish an
exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for oxirane, methyl-,
polymer with oxirane, mono[2-(2-butoxyethoxy)ethyl]ether (CAS Registry
No. 85637-75-8) when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide
formulations applied to growing crops or to raw agricultural
commodities after harvest or to animals. EPA has determined that the
petition contains data or information regarding the elements set forth
in section 408(d)(2) of the FFDCA; however, EPA has not fully evaluated
the sufficiency of the submitted data at this time or whether the data
supports granting of the petition. Additional data may be needed before
EPA rules on the petition.

A. Residue Chemistry

     Magnitude of residues. No residue chemistry data or environmental
fate data are presented in the petition as the Agency does not
generally require some or all of the listed studies to rule on the
exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for an inert ingredient.

B. Toxicological Profile

    1. Acute toxicity. ICI believes sufficient information was
submitted in the petition to assess the hazards of oxirane, methyl-
,polymer with oxirane, mono[2-(2-butoxyethoxy)ethyl]ether. No
toxicology data were presented in the petition as the Agency does not
generally require some or all of the listed studies to rule on the
exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for an inert ingredient.
Based on this polymer conforming to the definition of a polymer and
meeting the criteria of a polymer under 40 CFR 723.250 ICI believes
there are no concerns for risks associated with toxicity.
    2. Endocrine disruption. ICI has no information to suggest that
oxirane, methyl-, polymer with oxirane, mono[2-(2-
butoxyethoxy)ethyl]ether will have an effect on the immune and
endocrine systems. EPA is not requiring information on the endocrine
effects of this substance at this time; Congress has allowed 3-years
after August 3, 1996, for the Agency to implement a screening program
with respect to endocrine effects.

C. Cumulative Effects

    ICI believes sufficient information was submitted in the petition
to assess the hazards of oxirane, methyl-,polymer with oxirane, mono[2-
(2-butoxyethoxy)ethyl]ether. Based on this polymer conforming to the
definition of a polymer and meeting the criteria of a polymer under 40
CFR 723.250 ICI believes there are no concerns for risks associated
with cumulative effects.

D. Safety Determination

    1. U.S. population. ICI believes sufficient information was
submitted in

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the petition to assess the hazards of oxirane, methyl-,polymer with
oxirane, mono[2-(2-butoxyethoxy)ethyl]ether. Based on this polymer
conforming to the definition of a polymer and meeting the criteria of a
polymer under 40 CFR 723.250 ICI believes there are no concerns for
risks associated with any potential exposure to adults.
    2. Infants and children. ICI believes sufficient information was
submitted in the petition to assess the hazards of oxirane, methyl-
,polymer with oxirane, mono[2-(2-butoxyethoxy)ethyl]ether. Based on
this polymer conforming to the definition of a polymer and meeting the
criteria of a polymer under 40 CFR 723.250 ICI believes there are no
concerns for risks associated with any potential exposure to infants
and children. (Bipin Gandhi)

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