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metalaxyl (Apron, Ridomil, Subdue) Comment Period for Voluntary Cancellation 6/96


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[OPP-66228; FRL 5380-8]

 
Metalaxyl; Re-opening of Comment Period for Voluntary 
Cancellation of Ciba Crop Protection Registrations

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the re-opening of the comment period for 
the voluntary cancellation of Ciba Crop Protection Registrations of 
Metalaxyl Technical and End-Use Products that contain Metalaxyl.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted by July 26, 1996.

ADDRESSES: By mail submit comments identified by the document control 
number [OPP-66228] and the case number (noted below) to: Public 
Response and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division 
(7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. In person, deliver comments to: 
Rm. 1132, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
    Comments and data may also be submitted electronically by sending 
electronic mail (e-mail) to: 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 in 5.1 file format or ASCII file 
format. All comments and data in electronic form must be identified by 
the docket number [OPP-66228]. No Confidential Business Information 
(CBI) should be submitted through e-mail. Electronic comments on this 
notice may be filed online at many Federal Depository Libraries.
    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 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 (including comments and data 
submitted electronically). The public docket and docket index, 
including printed paper versions of electronic comments, which does not 
include any information claimed as CBI 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By mail: Connie Welch, Product Manager 
(PM) 21, Office of Pesticide Programs, Registration Division (7505C), 
Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. 
Office location and telephone number: Rm. 237, CM#2, 2801 Jefferson 
Davis Highway, Arlington, VA, (703) 305-6226; e-mail: 
welch.connie@epamail.epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA issued a notice, published in the 
Federal Register of May 1,1996 (61 FR 19281), announcing the voluntary 
cancellation of Ciba-Crop Protection Registrations of Metalaxyl 
Technical and End-Use Products that contain Metalaxyl. Upon the 
Agency's further review of this notice and requests from other persons 
seeking extension to the 30-day comment period provided in the May 1, 
1996 notice, the Agency has determined that it will re-open the comment 
period to allow additional time for further evaluation before acting on 
Ciba's request for voluntary cancellation. The comment period will end 
on July 26, 1996.
    Accordingly, the voluntary cancellation of Ciba Crop Protection's 
products became effective on May 31, 1996. The Agency is hereby 
reinstating the registration of these products to correct an error in 
the notice which referenced provisions under the Federal Food, Drug and 
Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) regarding hearing requests and procedures, and re-
opening the comment period on the voluntary cancellation request.
    This request for voluntary cancellation was submitted pursuant to 
section 6 (f) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide 
Act (FIFRA), which provides interested persons with the right to 
comment on voluntary cncellation requests, but does not include hearing 
rights. It was not the Agency's intention to provide an opportunity for 
hearing in connection with this action.
    The Agency regrets any confusion the inclusion of this language may 
have caused and is granting this extension request in part to avoid any 
prejudice to parties that may have been misled by the provisions of the 
May 1 notice. The Agency is also re-opening the comment period for the 
purpose of seeking clarification from Ciba regarding the nature of the 
proposed voluntary cancellation action. After the close of the comment 
period, the Agency will take action on Ciba's request and publish its 
determination in the Federal Register.
     A record has been established for this notice under docket number 
[OPP-66228] (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 a.m. to 
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The public 
record is located in Room 1132 of the Public Response and Program 
Resources Branch, Field Operations Division (7506C), Office of 
Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, Crystal Mall #2, 
1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
    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.
    The official record for this notice, as well as the public version, 
as described above will be kept in paper form. Accordingly, EPA will 
transfer all comments received electronically into printed, paper form 
as they are received and will place the paper copies in the official 
record which will also include all comments submitted directly in 
writing. The official record is the paper record maintained at the 
address in ''ADDRESSES'' at the beginning of this document.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests, Product 
registrations.

    Dated: June 8, 1996.

Stephen L. Johnson,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. 96-18389 Filed 7-18-96; 8:45 am]
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