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linuron (Lorox) Pesticide Tolerance 12/95

[Federal Register: December 13, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 239)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Part 180
[PP 5E4464/R2185; FRL-4985-5]
RIN 2070-AB78
Linuron; Pesticide Tolerance
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Final rule.
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SUMMARY: This document increases the established tolerance for residues 
of the herbicide linuron in or on the raw agricultural commodity 
asparagus. The regulation to increase the maximum permissible level for 
residues of linuron was requested in a petition submitted by the 
Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4) pursuant to the Federal 
Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
EFFECTIVE DATE: This regulation becomes effective December 13, 1995.
ADDRESSES: Written objections and hearing requests, identified by the 
document control number, [PP 5E4464/R2185], may 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), P.O. Box 360277M, Pittsburgh, PA 15251. A copy of any 
objections and hearing requests filed with the Hearing Clerk should be 
identified by the document control number and submitted to: Public 
Response and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division 
(7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. In person, bring copy of 
objections and hearing requests to: Rm. 1132, CM #2, 1921 Jefferson 
Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202.
    A copy of objections and hearing requests filed with the Hearing 
Clerk may also be submitted electronically by sending electronic mail 
(e-mail) to: opp-docket@epamail.epa.gov. Copies of objections and 
hearing requests must be submitted as an ASCII file avoiding the use of 
special characters and any form of encryption. Copies of objections and 
hearing requests will also be accepted on disks in WordPerfect in 5.1 
file format or ASCII file format. All copies of objections and hearing 
requests in electronic form must be identified by the docket number [PP 
5E4464/R2185]. No Confidential Business Information (CBI) should be 
submitted through e-mail. Electronic copies of objections and hearing 
requests on this rule may be filed online at many Federal Depository 
Libraries. Additional information on electronic submissions can be 
found below in this document.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By mail: Hoyt L. Jamerson, Registration 
Support Branch, Registration Division (7505W), Environmental Protection 
Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. Office location and telephone 
number: 6th Floor, 2800 Crystal Drive, North Tower, Arlington, VA 22202, 
(703)-308-8783; e-mail: 
                 jamerson.hoyt@epamail.epa.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Federal Register of September 29, 
1995 (60 FR 50510), EPA issued a proposed rule that gave notice that 
the Interregional Research Project No. 4 (IR-4), New Jersey 
Agricultural Experiment Station, P.O. Box 231, Rutgers University, New 
Brunswick, NJ 08903, had submitted a pesticide petition (PP 5E4464) to 
EPA on behalf of the IR-4 Agricultural Experiment Stations of 
California, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey. The petition requested 
that the Administrator, pursuant to section 408(e) of the FFDCA, 21 
U.S.C. 346a(e), amend 40 CFR 180.184 by increasing the established 
tolerance for residues of the herbicide linuron [3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1-
methoxy-1-methylurea] in or on the raw agricultural commodity asparagus from 
3.0 parts per million (ppm) to 7.0 ppm. IR-4 proposed the increased tolerance 
for asparagus in response to the reregistration eligibility review and 
decisions on the pesticide case linuron, which was completed by EPA on April 
28, 1995. The Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) requires that the 
established tolerance for linuron on asparagus be increased to 7.0 ppm.
    There were no comments or requests for referral to an advisory 
committee received in response to the proposed rule.
    The data submitted with the proposal and other relevant material 
have been evaluated and discussed in the proposed rule. Based on the data and 
information considered, the Agency concludes that the tolerance will protect 
the public health. Therefore, the tolerance is established as set forth below.
    Any person adversely affected by this regulation may, within 30 
days after publication of this document in the Federal Register, file 
written objections and/or request a hearing with the Hearing Clerk, at 
the address given above (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 
issue(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 issue(s) in the manner 
sought by the requestor would be adequate to justify the action 
requested (40 CFR 178.32).
     A record has been established for this rulemaking under docket 
number [PP 5E4464/R2185] (including any objections and hearing requests 
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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. The public record is located in Room 1132 of the Public 
Response and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division 
(7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
    Written objections and hearing requests, identified by the document 
control number [PP 5E4464/R2185], may be submitted to the Hearing Clerk 
(1900), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 3708, 401 M St., SW., 
Washington, DC 20460.
    A copy of electronic objections and hearing requests filed with the 
Hearing Clerk can be sent directly to EPA at:
                     opp-Docket@epamail.epa.gov
    A copy of electronic objections and hearing requests filed with the 
Hearing Clerk 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 will be kept in paper form. Accordingly, 
EPA will transfer any 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 which will 
also include all objections and hearing requests submitted directly in 
writing. The official rulemaking record is the paper record maintained 
at the address in "ADDRESSES" at the beginning of this document.
    Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993), the Agency 
must determine whether the regulatory action is "significant" and 
therefore subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) and the requirements of the Executive Order. Under section 3(f), 
the order defines a "significant regulatory action" as an action that 
is likely to result in a rule (1) having an annual effect on the 
economy of $100 million or more, or adversely and materially affecting 
a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the 
environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal 
governments or communities (also referred to as "economically 
significant"); (2) creating serious inconsistency or otherwise 
interfering with an action taken or planned by another agency; (3) 
materially altering the budgetary impacts of entitlement, grants, user 
fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients 
thereof; or (4) raising novel legal or policy issues arising out of 
legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth 
in this Executive Order.
    Pursuant to the terms of the Executive Order, EPA has determined 
that this rule is not "significant" and is therefore not subject to 
OMB review.
    Pursuant to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(Pub. L. 96-354, 94 Stat. 1164, 5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Administrator 
has determined that regulations establishing new tolerances or raising 
tolerance levels or establishing exemptions from tolerance requirements 
do not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. A certification statement to this effect was published 
in the Federal Register of May 4, 1981 (46 FR 24950).
List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180
    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Agricultural commodities, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.
    Dated: November 21, 1995.
Stephen L. Johnson,
Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
    Therefore, 40 CFR part 180 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. In Sec. 180.184, paragraph (a) is amended in the table therein 
by revising the entry for asparagus, to read as follows:
Sec. 180.184   Linuron; tolerances for residues.
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    (a) *  *  *
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                                                              Parts per 
                         Commodity                             million  
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Asparagus..................................................     7.0
                                                                        
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