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diazinon (D.Z.N., Spectracide) Risk Assessment Availablility 1/01




ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY


[OPP-34225C; FRL-6765-4]



Organophosphate Pesticide; Availability of Revised Diazinon Risk
Assessments


AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


ACTION: Notice.


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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the revised risk
assessments and related documents for one organophosphate pesticide,
diazinon. 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 number OPP-34225C, must
be received by EPA on or before April 2, 2001.


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 number OPP-34225C in the subject line on the first page of your
response.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Ben Chambliss, Special Review and
Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-8174; e-mail address:
chambliss.ben@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 diazinon,
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,'' ``Regulations and Proposed Rules,'' 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 number OPP-34225C. 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 number OPP-34225C 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, 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.
    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 number OPP-34225C.
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 one organophosphate, diazinon.
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 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 diazinon preliminary
risk assessments, which were released to the public through a notice
published in the Federal Register on May 19, 2000 (65 FR 31902), (FRL-
6588-7).
    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 management for diazinon. 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 to manage dietary,
occupational, or ecological risks on specific diazinon 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 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 April 2, 2001, at the addresses given under the
ADDRESSES section. Comments and proposals will become part of the
Agency record for the organophosphate specified in this notice.


List of Subjects


    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Pesticides and pests.



    Dated: January 12, 2001.
Lois A. Rossi,
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.


[FR Doc. 01-2302 Filed 1-30-01; 8:45 am]



William G. Smith, Senior Extension Associate
Pesticide Management Education Program/
Department of Entomology
5123 Comstock Hall
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph. 607-255-1866 (secretary)
Ph. 607-255-1865 (office)
Fax 607-255-3075
e-mail: wgs1@cornell.edu
http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu