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fomesafen (Reflex) Emergency Exemption Request 2/96

New York state Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials
50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12233-7250
Phone 518457-6934 FAX 5184574629

                                              February 28, 1996

CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

Mr. Teung Chin
Acting Team Leader (H7505W)
Emergency Response and Minor Use Section
Registration Support Branch
Registration Division/OPP
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
401 M. Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Dear Mr. Chin:

Re:  Specific Exemption Request for Use of Fomesafen (Reflex 2LC) for
     Postemergence Control of Broadleaf Weeds in Snap and Dry Beans

     The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as New York 
State's lead agency for pesticide matters, hereby requests consideration, in 
connection with the referenced matter, of the enclosed request from Cornell 
University for emergency exemption under Section 18 of FIFRA, as amended. This 
request includes the information required in 40 CFR Part 166.20.

     This is the fourth year that fomesafen is being requested for this use. 
Zeneca Ag Products, manufacturer of Reflex 2LC, has indicated that the snap 
bean residue program (IR-4) is nearing completion, and a final report is 
scheduled for submission to the United States Environmental Protection Agency 
(USEPA) in early 1996. Also, IR-4 is in full support of the dry bean residue 
program and is working to establish a tolerance in dry beans as soon as 
possible.

     This request is for the use of Reflex 2LC in the major snap and dry bean 
agricultural production areas in New York State to control redroot pigweed, 
common ragweed, nightshade species, velvetleaf, and mustard species during the 
1996 growing season. Currently used practices intended to control these weeds 
are ineffective and/or unreliable. Without an adequate control measure, bean 
producers may suffer economic losses from decreased harvester efficiency, 
field abandonment and load rejection (snap bean growers), and decreased 
quality and mechanical losses during harvest operations (dry bean growers).

     A single, well-timed, as-needed application of Reflex 2LC has the 
potential to significantly reduce herbicide use in bean crops and to improve 
economic returns for growers in New York State.

     A decision is requested early enough so that growers may have the 
necessary materials available by June 1, 1996.

     Please contact Maureen Serafini, Supervisor of our Pesticide Product 
Registration Section, at (518) 457-7446 if you need additional information or 
assistance.

     Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

                                       Sincerely,



                                       Norman H. Nosenchuck, P.E.
                                       Director
                                       Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials

Enclosure


cc: w/enc. - F. Kozak, EPA Region II

cc: w/o enc. - W. Smith, Cornell University, PMEP
               R. Mungari, NYS Dept. of Ag & Mkts