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Atrazine - Availability of Revised Risk Assessments 4/02

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[OPP-2002-0026; FRL-6836-1]
Atrazine; Availability of Revised Risk Assessments
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the revised risk
assessments and related documents for the triazine pesticide, atrazine.
In addition, this notice starts a 60-day public participation period
during which the public is encouraged to submit comments on risk
management ideas or proposals for atrazine. This action is in response
to a joint initiative between EPA and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) to increase transparency in the tolerance
reassessment process for all pesticides.
DATES: Comments, identified by docket control number OPP-34237C, must
be received by EPA on or before July 5, 2002.
ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by mail, electronically, or in
person. Please follow the detailed instructions for each method as
provided in Unit III. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. To ensure
proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket
control number OPP-34237C in the subject line on the first page of your
response.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kimberly Nesci Lowe, Special Review
and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-8059; e-mail address:
lowe.kimberly@epa.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
I. General Information
A. Does this Action Apply to Me?
    This action is directed to the public in general, nevertheless, a
wide range of stakeholders will be interested in obtaining the revised
risk assessments and submitting risk management comments on atrazine,
including environmental, human health, and agricultural advocates; the
chemical industry; pesticide users; and members of the public
interested in the use of pesticides on food. As such, the Agency has
not attempted to specifically describe all the entities potentially
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.
II. How Can I Get Additional Information, Including Copies of this
Document or Other Related Documents?
    1. Electronically. You may obtain electronic copies of this
document and other related documents from the EPA Internet Home Page at
http://www.epa.gov/. To access this document, 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/. To access
information about pesticides and obtain electronic copies of the
revised risk assessments and related documents mentioned in this
notice, you can also go directly to the Home Page for the Office of
Pesticide Programs (OPP) at 
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/atrazine/.
    2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for
this action under docket control number OPP-34237C. 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 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 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.
III. How Can I Respond to this Action?
A. 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-34237C in the subject line on
the first page of your response.
    1. By mail. Submit comments to: Public Information and Records
Integrity Branch, Information Resources and Services Division (7502C),
Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460.
    2. In person or by courier. Deliver comments to: Public Information
and Records Integrity Branch, Information Resources and Services
Division, Office of Pesticide Programs, 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. Submit electronic comments by e-mail to: 
opp-docket@epa.gov, or you can submit a computer disk as described in this
unit. Do not submit any information electronically that you consider to
be CBI. 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 standard computer disks in
WordPerfect 6.1/8.0 or ASCII file format. All comments in electronic
form must be identified by the docket control number OPP-34237C.
Electronic comments may also be filed online at many Federal Depository
Libraries.
B. How Should I Handle CBI Information 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.
IV. What Action is EPA Taking in this Notice?
    EPA is making available for public viewing the revised risk
assessments and related documents for the triazine pesticide, atrazine.
These documents have been developed as part of the public participation
process that EPA and USDA are using to involve the public in the
reassessment of pesticide tolerances under the Food Quality Protection
Act (FQPA), and the reregistration of individual pesticides under the
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). A pilot
public participation process was developed as part of the EPA and the
USDA Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee (TRAC), which was
established in April 1998, as a subcommittee under the auspices of
EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and
Technology. A goal of the pilot public participation process has been
to find a more effective way for the public to participate at critical
junctures in the Agency's development pesticide risk assessments and
risk management decisions. EPA and USDA began implementing this pilot
process in August 1998, to increase transparency and opportunities for
stakeholder consultation. The documents being released to the public
through this notice provide information on the revisions that were made
to the atrazine preliminary risk assessments, which were released to
the public on February 14, 2001 (66 FR 10287) (FRL-6765-3) and
September 26, 2001 (66 FR 49186) (FRL-7063-7), through notices in the
Federal Register.
    In addition, this notice starts a 60-day public participation
period during which the public is encouraged to submit risk management
proposals or other comments on risk management for atrazine. The Agency
is providing an opportunity, through this notice, for interested
parties to provide written comments on risk management proposals or
ideas for atrazine. Such comments and proposals could address ideas
about how to manage dietary, occupational, or ecological risks on
specific atrazine use sites or crops across the United States or in a
particular geographic region of the country. To address dietary risk,
for example, commenters may choose to discuss the feasibility of lower
application rates, increasing the time interval between application and
harvest ("preharvest intervals"), modifications in use, or suggest
alternative measures to reduce residues contributing to dietary
exposure. For occupational risks, commenters may suggest personal
protective equipment or technologies to reduce exposure to workers and
pesticide handlers. For ecological risks, commenters may suggest ways
to reduce environmental exposure, e.g., exposure to birds, fish,
mammals, and other non-target organisms. All comments and proposals
must be received by EPA on or before July 5, 2002. Comments and
proposals will become part of the Agency record for the pesticide
specified in this notice.
List of Subjects: Environmental protection, Chemicals,
Pesticides and pests, Atrazine, Triazines.
    Dated: April 19, 2002.
  Lois A. Rossi,
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 02-11159 Filed 5-1-02; 2:28 pm]
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