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ziram Availability of Risk Assessment 3/02


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[OPP-34254; FRL-6829-4]

Ziram; Availability of Risk Assessment

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of documents that were
developed as part of EPA's process for making pesticide reregistration
eligibility decisions and tolerance reassessments consistent with the
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food
Quality Protection Act of 1996 (FQPA). These documents are the risk
assessment and related documents for Ziram. This notice also starts a
60-day public comment period for the risk assessment. Comments are to
be limited to issues directly associated with Ziram and raised by the
risk assessment or other documents placed in the docket. By allowing
access and opportunity for comment on the risk assessment, EPA is
seeking to strengthen stakeholder involvement and help ensure that our
decisions under FQPA are transparent and based on the best available
information. The tolerance reassessment process will ensure that the
United States continues to have the safest and most abundant food
supply. The Agency cautions that the risk assessment for Ziram is
preliminary and that further refinements may be appropriate. Risk
assessments reflect only the work and analysis conducted as of the time
they were produced and it is appropriate that, as new information
becomes available and/or additional analyses are performed, the
conclusions they contain may change.

DATES: Comments, identified by the docket control number OPP-34254,
must be received on or before May 28, 2002.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by mail, electronically, or in
person. Please follow the detailed instructions for each method as
provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. To ensure proper
receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket control
number OPP-34254 for Ziram in the subject line on the first page of
your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Dobak, Special Review and
Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-8180; e-mail address:
Dobak.Pat@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

   This action is directed to the public in general. This action may,
however, be of interest to fruit, vegetable, and nut producers; food
processors; painters; worker protection advocates; environmental
groups; and the chemical industry. Since other entities may also be
interested, the Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific
entities that may be affected by this action. If you have any questions
regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity,
consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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 http://www.epa.gov/.
On the Home Page select ``Laws and Regulations,'' ``Regulations and
Proposed Rules,'' and then look up the entry for this document under
the ``Federal Register--Environmental Documents.'' You can also go
directly to the Federal Register listings at http://www.epa.gov/
fedrgstr/. In addition, copies of the risk assessment and certain
related documents may also be accessed at http: www.epa .gov/pesticides/
reregistration/status.htm.
   2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for
this action under docket control number OPP-34254. The official record
consists of the documents specifically referenced in this action, 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.

C. How and to Whom Do I Submit Comments?

   You may submit comments through the mail, in person, or
electronically. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that
you identify docket control number OPP-34254 in the subject line on the
first page of your response.
   1. By mail. Submit your comments to: Public Information and Records
Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Information Resources and Services Division
(7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
   2. In person or by courier. Deliver your comments to: Public
Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Information Resources
and Services Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP),
Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2,
1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA. The PIRIB is open from 8:30
a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The
PIRIB telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
   3. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically by
e-mail to: opp-docket@epa.gov, or you can submit a computer disk as
described above. Do not submit any information electronically that you
consider to be CBI. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of
encryption. Electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect 6.1/
8.0/9.0 or ASCII file format. All comments in electronic form must be
identified by docket control number OPP-34254. Electronic comments may
also be filed online at many Federal Depository Libraries.

D. How Should I Handle CBI that I Want to Submit to the Agency?

   Do not submit any information electronically that you consider to
be CBI. You may claim information that you submit to EPA in response to
this document as CBI 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. In addition to one complete
version of the comment that includes any information claimed as CBI, a
copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as
CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public version of the
official record. Information not marked confidential will be included
in the public version of the official record without prior notice. If
you have any questions about CBI or the procedures for claiming CBI,
please consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

E. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

   You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your
comments:
   1. Explain your views as clearly as possible.
   2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
   3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used
that support your views.
   4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you
arrived at the estimate that you provide.
   5. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns.
   6. Offer alternative ways to improve the notice.
   7. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline in this
document.
   8. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket
control number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first
page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal
Register citation.

II. Background

A. What Action is the Agency Taking?

   EPA is making available risk assessments that have been developed
as part of the Agency's public participation process for making
reregistration eligibility and tolerance reassessment decisions for the
organophosphate and other pesticides consistent with FFDCA, as amended
by FQPA. The Agency's risk assessment and other related documents for
Ziram are available in the individual pesticide docket. As additional
comments, reviews, and risk assessment modifications become available,
these will also be docketed for Ziram.
   The Agency cautions that the Ziram risk assessment is preliminary
and that further refinements may be appropriate. Risk assessment
documents reflect only the work and analysis conducted as of the time
they were produced and it is appropriate that, as new information
becomes available and/or additional analyses are performed, the
conclusions they contain may change.
   EPA is providing an opportunity, through this notice, for
interested parties to provide written comments and input to the Agency
on the risk assessment for the pesticide specified in this notice. Such
comments and input could address, for example, the availability of
additional data to further refine the risk assessments, such as percent
crop treated information or submission of residue data from food
processing studies, or could address the Agency's risk assessment
methodologies and assumptions as applied to this specific chemical.
Comments should be limited to issues raised within the risk assessment
and associated documents. All comments should be submitted by May 28,
2002 using the methods in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Comments will become part of the Agency record for Ziram.

List of Subjects

   Environmental protection, Chemicals, Pesticides and pests.

   Dated: March 15, 2002.
Lois Rossi,
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. 02-7099 Filed 3-26-02; 8:45 am]