coumaphos Availability of Preliminary Risk Assessment 8/99
[Federal Register: September 2, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 170)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Availability of Preliminary Risk Assessment for the
Organophosphate Pesticides Coumaphos and Fenitrothion
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of documents that were
developed as part of the EPA's process for making reregistration
eligibility decisions for the organophosphate pesticides and for
tolerance reassessments consistent with the Federal Food, Drug, and
Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), as amended by the Food Quality Protection Act of
1996 (FQPA). These documents are the preliminary human health risk
assessments and related documents for coumaphos and fenitrothion. This
notice also starts a 60-day public comment period for the preliminary
risk assessments. By allowing access and opportunity for comment on the
preliminary risk assessments, EPA is seeking to strengthen stakeholder
involvement and help ensure our decisions under FQPA are transparent
and based on the best available information. The tolerance reassessment
process will ensure that the United States continues to have the safest
and most abundant food supply.
DATES: Comments, identified by docket control number OPP-34196 for
coumaphos and OPP-34197 for fenitrothion, must be received by EPA on or
before November 1, 1999.
ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by mail, electronically, or in
person. Please follow the detailed instructions for each method as
provided in Unit I. of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. To ensure
proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket
control number OPP-34196 for coumaphos and OPP-34197 for fenitrothion
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, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460;
telephone number: (703) 308-8004; e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. General Information
A. Does this Action Apply to Me?
This action applies to the public in general. As such, the Agency
has not attempted to specifically describe all the entities potentially
affect by this action. If you have any questions regarding the
applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.
B. How Can I Get Additional Information, Including Copies of this
Document or Other Related Documents?
1. Electronically. You may obtain electronic copies of this
document and certain other available documents from the EPA Internet
Home Page at http://www.epa.gov/. 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 the risk assessments for coumaphos and
fenitrothion organophosphate pesticides, go directly to the Home Page
for the Office of Pesticide Programs at http: www.epa.gov/pesticides/
2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for
this action under the docket control number OPP-34196 for coumaphos and
OPP-34197 for fenitrothion. 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 information claimed as Confidential
Business Information (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 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 Public Information and Records
Integrity Branch (PIRIB) telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
C. 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 number OPP-34196 for coumaphos and OPP-
34197 for fenitrothion in the subject line on the first page of your
1. By mail. Submit your comments to: Public Information and Records
Integrity Branch, Information Resources and Services Division (7502C),
Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M
St., SW., Washington, DC 20460.
2. In person or by courier. Deliver your comments to: Public
Information and Records Integrity Branch, Information Resources and
Services Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental
Protection Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy.,
Arlington, VA., between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday,
excluding legal holidays. The PIRIB telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
3. Electronically. You may submit your comments electronically by
e-mail to:`` email@example.com'' or mail or deliver your standard
computer disk to the appropriate address 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 5.1/6.1 or
ASCII file format. All comments in electronic form must be identified
by the docket control number OPP-34196 for coumaphos and OPP-34197 for
fenitrothion. Electronic comments may also be filed online at many
Federal Depository Libraries.
D. How Should I Handle CBI Information that I Want to Submit to the
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 identified in
the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.
II. What Action is EPA Taking?
EPA is making available preliminary risk assessments that have
been developed as part of EPA's process for making reregistration
eligibility decisions for the organophosphate pesticides and for
tolerance reassessments consistent with the FFDCA, as amended by the
FQPA. The Agency's preliminary human health effects risk assessments
for these organophosphate pesticides are available in the OPP docket.
As additional comments, reviews, and risk assessment modifications
become available, these will also be docketed for the two
organophosphate pesticides listed in this notice. The Agency cautions
that these risk assessments are preliminary assessments only and that
further refinements of the risk assessments may be appropriate for the
coumaphos and fenitrothion organophosphate pesticides. This document
reflects only the work and analysis conducted as of the time it was
produced and it is appropriate that, as new information becomes
available and/or additional analyses are performed, the conclusions in
it may change.
As the preliminary risk assessments for the remaining
organophosphate pesticides are completed and registrants are given a
30-day review period to identify possible computational or other clear
errors in the risk assessment, these risk assessments and registrant
responses will be placed in the individual organophosphate pesticide
dockets. A notice of availability for subsequent assessments will
appear in the Federal Register.
The Agency is providing an opportunity, through this notice, for
interested parties to provide written comments and input to the Agency
on the preliminary risk assessments for the chemicals specified in this
notice. Such comments and input could address, for example, the
availability of additional data to further refine the risk assessments,
such as percent crop treated information or submission of residue data
from food processing studies, or could address the Agency's risk
assessment methodologies and assumptions as applied to this specific
chemical. Comments should be limited to issues raised within the
preliminary risk assessments and associated documents. EPA will provide
other opportunities for public comment on other science issues
associated with the organophosphate tolerance reassessment program.
Failure to comment on any such issues 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 should be
submitted by November 1, 1999 at the address given under ADDRESSES.
Comments will become part of the Agency record for each individual
organophosphate pesticide to which they pertain.
List of Subjects
Environmental protection, Chemicals, Pesticides and pests.
Dated: August 25, 1999.
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
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