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potassium dihydrogen phosphate Tolerance Requirement Exemption 7/98


[Federal Register: August 12, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 155)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 43083-43085]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr12au98-10]

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

40 CFR Part 180

[OPP-300684; FRL-6017-6]
RIN 2070-78AB

 
Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate; Exemption From the Requirement of 
a Tolerance

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This rule establishes an exemption from the requirement of a 
tolerance for residues of potassium dihydrogen phosphate 
(KH<INF>2</INF>PO<INF>4</INF>) when used as a fungicide in or on all 
food commodities. EPA initiated this regulation under the Federal Food, 
Drug, and Cosmetic Act as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of 
1996 (Pub. L. 104-170). This regulation eliminates the need to 
establish a maximum permissible level for residues of potassium 
dihydrogen phosphate, when applied in accordance with good agricultural 
practices.

DATES: This regulation is effective August 12, 1998. Objections and 
requests for hearings must be received by EPA on or before October 13, 
1998.
ADDRESSES: Written objections and hearing requests, identified by the

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docket control number [OPP-300684], must be submitted to: Hearing Clerk 
(1900), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. M3708, 401 M St., SW., 
Washington, DC 20460. Fees accompanying objections and hearing requests 
shall be labeled ``Tolerance Petition Fees'' and forwarded to: EPA 
Headquarters Accounting Operations Branch, OPP (Tolerance Fees) and 
forwarded to: EPA Headquarters Accounting Operations Branch, OPP 
(Tolerance Fees), P.O. Box 360277M, Pittsburgh, PA 15251. A copy of any 
objections and hearing requests filed with the Hearing Clerk identified 
by the docket control number, [OPP-300684], must also be submitted to: 
Public Information and Records Integrity Branch, Information Resources 
and Services Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs, 
Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. 
In person, bring a copy of objections and hearing requests to Rm. 119, 
Crystal Mall #2 (CM #2), 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA.
    A copy of objections and hearing requests filed with the Hearing 
Clerk may be submitted electronically by sending electronic mail (e-
mail) to: opp-docket@epamail.epa.gov. Copies of electronic objections 
and hearing requests must be submitted as an ASCII file avoiding the 
use of special characters and any form of encryption. Copies of 
electronic objections and hearing requests will also be accepted on 
disks in WordPerfect 5.1/6.1 file format or ASCII file format. All 
copies of electronic objections and hearing requests must be identified 
by the docket number [OPP-300684]. No Confidential Business Information 
(CBI) should be submitted through e-mail. Copies of electronic 
objections and hearing requests on this rule may be filed online at 
many Federal Depository Libraries.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By mail: Rita Kumar, c/o Product 
Manager (PM) 91, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division 
(7511C), Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, 
DC 20460. Office location, telephone number and e-mail address: 9th 
fl., CM #2 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202, (703)308-
8291; e-mail: kumar.rita@epamail.epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Federal Register of March 3, 1998 (63 
FR 10352) (FRL-5772-4), EPA proposed, pursuant to section 408(e) of the 
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 21 U.S.C. 346a(d), to 
amend 40 CFR part 180 by establishing an exemption from the requirement 
of a tolerance for residues of potassium dihydrogen phosphate in or on 
all food commodities, when applied in accordance with good agricultural 
practices.
    There were no comments or requests for referral to an advisory 
committee, received in response to the proposed rule.
    Based on the reasons set forth in the preamble to the proposed 
rule, EPA is establishing an exemption from the requirement of a 
tolerance for potassium dihydrogen phosphate as set forth below.

I. Objections and Hearing Requests

    The new FFDCA section 408(g) provides essentially the same process 
for persons to ``object'' to a regulation for an exemption from the 
requirement of a tolerance issued by EPA under new section 408(d)and as 
was provided in the old section 408 and in section 409. However, the 
period for filing objections is 60 days, rather than 30 days. EPA 
currently has procedural regulations which governs the submission of 
objections and hearing requests. These regulations will require some 
modification to reflect the new law. However, until those modifications 
can be made, EPA will continue to use those procedural regulations with 
appropriate adjustments to reflect the new law.
    Any person may, by October 13, 1998, file written objections to any 
aspect of this regulation and may also request a hearing on those 
objections. Objections and hearing requests must be filed with the 
Hearing Clerk, at the address given under the ``ADDRESSES'' section (40 
CFR 178.20). A copy of the objections and/or hearing requests filed 
with the hearing clerk should be submitted to the OPP docket for this 
rulemaking. The objections submitted must specify the provisions of the 
regulation deemed objectionable and the grounds for the objections (40 
CFR 178.25). Each objection must be accompanied by the fee prescribed 
by 40 CFR 180.33(i). If a hearing is requested, the objections must 
include a statement of the factual issues(s) on which a hearing is 
requested, the requestor's contentions on such issues, and a summary of 
any evidence relied upon by the objector (40 CFR 178.27). A request for 
a hearing will be granted if the Administrator determines that the 
material submitted shows the following: There is a genuine and 
substantial issue of fact; there is a reasonable possibility that 
available evidence identified by the requestor would, if established 
resolve one or more of such issues in favor of the requestor, taking 
into account uncontested claims or facts to the contrary; and 
resolution of the factual issues(s) in the manner sought by the 
requestor would be adequate to justify the action requested (40 CFR 
178.32). Information submitted in connection with an objection or 
hearing request 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 information 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.

II. Public Record and Electronic Submissions

    EPA has established a record for this rulemaking under docket 
control number [OPP-300684]. 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 
public record is located in Room 119 of the Public Information and 
Records Integrity Branch, Information Resources and Services Division 
(7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
CM #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202.
    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 rulemaking, as well as the public 
version, as described above, is kept in paper form. Accordingly, in the 
event there are objections and hearing rm: /diskb/cgi-bin-tmp/TMPBaaaaqvba: No such file or directory
request, EPA will transfer any 
copies of objections and hearing requests received electronically into 
printed, paper form as they are received and will place the paper 
copies in the official rulemaking record. The official rulemaking 
record is the paper record maintained at the Virginia address in 
``ADDRESSES'' at the beginning of this document.

III. Regulatory Assessment Requirements

    This final rule establishes an exemption from the tolerance 
requirement under FFDCA section 408(d) in response to a petition 
submitted to the Agency. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has

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exempted these types of actions from review under Executive Order 
12866, entitled Regulatory Planning and Review (58 FR 51735, October 4, 
1993). This final rule does not contain any information collections 
subject to OMB approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq., or impose any enforceable duty or contain any 
unfunded mandate as described under Title II of the Unfunded Mandates 
Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) (Pub.L. 104-4). Nor does it require and prior 
consultation as specified by Executive Order 12875, entitled Enhancing 
the Intergovernmental Partnership (58 FR 58093, October 28, 1993), or 
special considerations as required by Executive Order 12898, entitled 
Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority 
Populations and Low-Income Populations (59 FR 7629), February 16, 
1994), or require OMB review in accordance with Executive Order 13045, 
entitled Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and 
Safety Risks (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997). In additions, since 
tolerance exemptions that are established on the basis of a petition 
under section 408(d) of the FFDCA, such as the exemption in this final 
rule, do not require the issuance of a proposed rule, the requirements 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do not 
apply. Nevertheless, the Agency previously assessed whether 
establishing tolerances, exemptions from tolerances, raising tolerance 
levels or expanding exemptions might adversely impact small entities 
and concluded, as a generic matter, that there is no adverse economic 
impact. The factual basis for the Agency's generic certification for 
tolerance actions published on May 4, 1981 (46 FR 24950), and was 
provided to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business 
Administration.

IV. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the 
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally 
provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating 
the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, 
to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the 
United States. EPA will submit a report containing this rule and other 
required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of 
Representatives and the Comptroller General of the United States prior 
to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. This is not a 
``major rule'' as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Agricultural commodities, pesticides and pests, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: July 29, 1998.

Stephen L. Johnson,

Acting Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.
    Therefore, 40 CFR chapter I is amended as follows:

PART 180--[AMENDED]

    1. The authority citation for part 180 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 21 U.S.C. 346a and 371.

    2. Section 180.1193 is added to subpart D to read as follows:


Sec. 180.1193  Potassium dihydrogen phosphate; exemption from the 
requirement of a tolerance.

    Potassium dihydrogen phosphate is exempted from the requirement of 
a tolerance in or on all food commodities when applied as a fungicide 
in accordance with good agricultural practices.

[FR Doc. 98-21520 Filed 8-11-98; 8:45 am]
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