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glufosinate-ammonium (Rely, Finale) Pesticide Petition Filing 6/99

[Federal Register: July 14, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 134)]
[Page 37972-37977]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



[PF-877; FRL-6085-5]

Notice of Filing of Pesticide Petitions

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the initial filing of pesticide 
petitions proposing the establishment of regulations for residues of 
certain pesticide chemicals in or on various food commodities.
DATES: Comments, identified by the docket control number [PF-877], must 
be received on or before August 13, 1999.
ADDRESSES: By mail submit written comments to: Public Information and 
Records Integrity Branch, Information Resources and Services Division 
(7502C), Office of Pesticides Programs, Environmental Protection 
Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. In person bring comments 
to: Rm. 1132, CM #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
    Comments and data may also be submitted electronically by following 
the instructions under ``SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.'' No confidential 
business information (CBI) should be submitted through e-mail.
    Information submitted as a comment concerning this document may be 
claimed confidential by marking any part or all of that information as 
CBI. CBI should not be submitted through e-mail. Information marked as 
CBI 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 record. Information not 
marked confidential may be disclosed publicly by EPA without prior 
notice. All written comments will be available for public inspection in 
Rm. 1132 at the address given above, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The product manager listed in the 
table below:

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                                   Office location/
        Product Manager            telephone number          Address
Eugene Wilson.................  Rm. 235, CM #2, 703-    1921 Jefferson
                                 305-6103, e-            Davis Hwy,
                                 mail:wilson.eugene@ep   Arlington, VA
James A. Tompkins.............  Rm. 239, CM #2, 703-
                                 305-5697, e-mail:
Bipin Gandhi..................  Rm. 713J, CM #2 703-    Do.
                                 308-8380, e-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EPA has received pesticide petitions as 
follows proposing the establishment and/or amendment of regulations for 
residues of certain pesticide chemicals in or on various food 
commodities under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Comestic 
Act (FFDCA), 21 U.S.C. 346a. EPA has determined that these petitions 
contain data or information regarding the elements set forth in section 
408(d)(2); however, EPA has not fully evaluated the sufficiency of the 
submitted data at this time or whether the data supports granting of 
the petition. Additional data may be needed before EPA rules on the 
    The official record for this notice of filing, as well as the 
public version, has been established for this notice of filing under 
docket control number [PF-877] (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 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal 
holidays. The official record is located at the address in 
``ADDRESSES'' at the beginning of this document.
    Electronic comments can be sent directly to EPA at:

    Electronic comments must be submitted as an ASCII file avoiding the 
use of special characters and any form of encryption. Comment and data 
will also be accepted on disks in Wordperfect 5.1 file format or ASCII 
file format. All comments and data in electronic form must be 
identified by the docket number [PF-877]) and appropriate petition 
number. Electronic comments on this notice may be filed online at many 
Federal Depository Libraries.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Agricultural commodities, Food additives, 
Feed additives, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and recordkeeping 

Dated: June 25,1999.

    James Jones,

Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.

Summaries of Petitions

    Petitioner summaries of the pesticide petitions are printed below 
as required by section 408(d)(3) of the FFDCA. The summaries of the 
petitions were prepared by the petitioners and represent the views of 
the petitioners. EPA is publishing the petition summaries verbatim 
without editing them in any way. The petition summary announces the 
availability of a description of the analytical methods available to 
EPA for the detection and measurement of the pesticide chemical 
residues or an explanation of why no such method is needed.

1. AgrEvo USA Company

PP 8F3607 and 5F4578

    EPA has received pesticide petitions (PP 8F3607 and 5F4578) from 
AgrEvo USA Company, Little Falls Centre One, 2711 Centerville Road, 
Wilmington, DE 19808, proposing, pursuant to section 408(d) of the 
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 21 U.S.C. 346a(d), to 
amend 40 CFR 180.473(a)(1) and (b)(1) by establishing permanent 
tolerances for residues of the herbicide, glufosinate-ammonium: 
butanoic acid-amino-4-(hydroxymethylphosphinyl)-, monoammonium salt and 
its metabolite, 3-methylphosphinicopropionic acid expressed as 2-amino-
4-(hydroxymethylphosphinyl) butanoic acid equivalents in or on the 
following raw agricultural commodities (RAC): almond hulls at 0.50 
parts per million (ppm), apples at 0.05 ppm, bananas at 0.3 ppm (not 
more than 0.2 ppm shall be present in the pulp after the peel is 
removed), cattle, fat at 0.05 ppm, cattle, meat at 0.05 ppm, cattle, 
meat-by-products at 0.10 ppm, eggs at 0.05 ppm, goats, fat at 0.05 ppm, 
goats, meat at 0.05 ppm, goats, meat-by-products at 0.10 ppm, grapes at 
0.05 ppm, hogs, fat at 0.05 ppm, hogs, meat at 0.05 ppm, hogs, meat-by-
products at 0.10 ppm, horses, fat at 0.05 ppm, horses, meat at 0.05 
ppm, horses, meat-by-products at 0.10 ppm, milk at 0.02 ppm, poultry, 
fat at 0.05 ppm, poultry, meat-by-products at 0.10 ppm, poultry, meat 
at 0.05 ppm, sheep, fat at 0.05 ppm, sheep, meat at 0.05 ppm, sheep, 
meat-by-products at 0.10 ppm, and the tree nuts group at 0.10 ppm.
    AgrEvo has also proposed to amend 40 CFR 180.473(c) by establishing 
permanent tolerances for residues of the herbicide, glufosinate-
ammonium: butanoic acid, 2-amino-4- (hydroxymethylphosphinyl)-, 
monoammonium salt and its metabolites, 3-methylphosphinicopropionic 
acid, and 2-acetamido-4-methylphosphinicobutanoic acid expressed as 2-
amino-4-(hydroxymethylphosphinyl) butanoic acid equivalents in or on 
the following raw agricultural commodities: aspirated grain fractions 
at 25.0 ppm, corn, field, forage at 4.0 ppm, corn, field, grain at 0.2 
ppm, corn, field, stover at 6.0 ppm, soybean, hulls at 5.0 ppm, and 
soybeans at 2.0 ppm. The proposed analytical method involves 
homogenization, filtration, partition and cleanup with analysis by gas 
    The preceding tolerances for glufosinate-ammonium and its 
metabolites have already been established for the aforementioned 
commodities on a time-limited basis in 40 CFR 180.473 (a)(1), (b)(1) 
and (c). These time-limited tolerances expire on July 13, 1999. AgrEvo 
has proposed to re-establish these tolerances on the same crop 
commodities and at the same levels on a permanent basis.
    A notice of filing and petitioner summary of the pesticide petition 
for EPA Pesticide Petitions 7F4910 and 7E4911 was published in the 
Federal Register of October 8, 1997 (62 FR 52544) (FRL-5746-9). These 
petitions pertain to additional tolerances for residues of glufosinate-
ammonium and its metabolites on sugar beets, canola and potatoes. Data 
and assessments pertaining to residue chemistry, toxicological profile, 
endocrine effects, aggregate exposure, cumulative effects, safety 
determinations and international tolerances for both the existing and 
the proposed additional crop tolerances are provided in this 
publication. The petitioner's risk assessment presentation represents 
the maximum exposure scenario as it assesses the summative exposure 
from the existing time-limited

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tolerances delineated above in addition to the tolerances proposed in 
the aforementioned petitions.

 [FR Doc. 99-17317 Filed 7-13-99; 8:45 am]