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avermectin (Agri-Mek, Affirm) Emergency Exemption for Use on Pears 3/93

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
50 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12233

                                   MAR 19 1993

Ms. Rebecca Cool
Registration Division (TS-767)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
401 M Street, SW
Washington, DC  20460

Dear Ms. Cool:

Re:  Section 18 Emergency Exemption for Use of Avermectin B (Agri-Mek
     0.15 EC) on Pears in New York for the Control Pear Psylla in 1993.

     The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as the 
State lead agency for pesticide matters, hereby requests consideration 
of the subject matter for emergency exemption under Section 18 of FIFRA, 
as amended. Enclosed is the request which includes the information 
required in 40 CFR Part 166.20.

     This is the third year that Section 18 emergency exemption is being 
requested for use of Avermectin B on pears in New York State. The 
Section 3 registration application for Agri-Mek was submitted to the EPA 
by Merck, Sharp & Dohme on July 17, 1989, and is currently under review 
by Agency Scientists (see Appendix D).

     Your prompt attention to this matter is appreciated so that the 
necessary material may be available to growers by June 1, 1993. Please 
contact Teresa Foster or Frank Hegener, of my staff, at (518)457-7446 if 
you have any questions concerning this request.

Thank you for your assistance on this matter.


                             Norman H. Nosenchuck, P.E.
                             Division of Hazardous Substances


cc:  F. Kozak - EPA - w/enc.
     W. Smith - Cornell Univ. - w/o enc.
     D. Rapp - NYS Dept. of Ag. & Mkts. - w/o enc.