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[Federal Register: April 28, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 83)]
[Notices]
[Page 24954-24955]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[OPP-34222; FRL-6557-2]


Organophosphate Pesticides; Availability of Revised Risk
Assessments

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notices announces the availability of the revised risk
assessments and related documents for two organophosphate pesticides,
chlorpyrifos-methyl and trichlorfon. In addition, this notice starts a
60-day public participation period during which the public is
encouraged to submit risk management ideas or proposals. These actions
are in response to a joint initiative between EPA and the Department of
Agriculture (USDA) to increase transparency in the tolerance
reassessment process for organophosphate pesticides.

DATES: Comments, identified by docket control numbers OPP-34202B for
chlorpyrifos-methyl and OPP-34207A for trichlorfon, must be received by
EPA on or before June 27, 2000.

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 numbers OPP-34202B for chlorpyrifos-methyl and OPP-34207A for
trichlorfon in the subject line on the first page of your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Angulo, Special Review and
Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-8004; e-
mail address: angulo.karen@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. 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
chlorpyrifos-methyl and trichlorfon, 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?

    A. 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'' 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 organophosphate 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/op/.
    B. In person. The Agency has established an official record for
this action under docket control numbers OPP-34202B for chlorpyrifos-
methyl and OPP-34207A for trichlorfon. 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 numbers OPP-34202B for chlorpyrifos-methyl
and OPP-34207A for trichlorfon 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, Ariel
Rios Bldg., 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.

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    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
numbers OPP-34202B for chlorpyrifos-methyl and OPP-34207A for
trichlorfon. 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 two organophosphate pesticides,
chlorpyrifos-methyl and trichlorfon. These documents have been
developed as part of the pilot public participation process that EPA
and USDA are now using for involving the public in the reassessment of
pesticide tolerances under the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), and
the reregistration of individual organophosphate pesticides under the
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The pilot
public participation process was developed as part of the EPA-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 is to find a more effective way for
the public to participate at critical junctures in the Agency's
development of organophosphate 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 chlorpyrifos-methyl and trichlorfon preliminary risk
assessments, which where released to the public October 6, 1999 (64 FR
193) (FRL-6387-9) for chlorpyrifos-methyl and November 10, 1999 (64 FR
217) (FRL-6393-9) for trichlorfon 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 otherwise comment on risk managements for chlorpyrifos-
methyl and trichlorfon. The Agency is providing an opportunity, through
this notice, for interested parties to provide written risk management
proposals or ideas to the Agency on the chemical specified in this
notice. Such comments and proposals could address ideas about how
chlorpyrifos-methyl and trichlorfon 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 (``pre-harvest 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.
EPA will provide other opportunities for public participation and
comment on issues associated with the organophosphate pesticide
tolerance reassessment program. Failure to participate or comment as
part of this opportunity will in no way prejudice or limit a
commenter's opportunity to participate fully in later notice and
comment processes. All comments and proposals must be received by EPA
on or before June 27, 2000 at the addresses given under the
``ADDRESSES'' section. Comments and proposals will become part of the
Agency record for the organophosphate pesticides specified in this
notice.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: April 21, 2000.
Jack E. Housenger,
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 00-10589 Filed 4-27-00; 8:45 am]
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