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disulfoton (Di-Syston) Notice of Receipt of Request To Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations 8/02


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[OPP-2002-0135; FRL-7197-1]

Notice of Receipt of Request To Voluntarily Cancel Certain
Pesticide Registrations for Disulfoton

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with section 6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide,
Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), as amended, EPA is issuing a
notice of receipt of a request by a registrant to voluntarily cancel
certain pesticide registrations for disulfoton, or O,O-diethyl S-[2-
(ethylthio)ethyl]phosphorodithioate.

 The registrant has elected to voluntarily cancel certain disulfoton
products rather than develop the data necessary to evaluate the human
health risks associated with these products.

DATES: Unless EPA receives comments within the public comment period
that would merit the Agency's further review of this request, EPA will
issue an order canceling all of these registrations effective December
31, 2003. EPA is accepting comments on this Notice until October 7,
2002.

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. To ensure proper
receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket control
number OPP-2002-0135 in the subject line on the first page of your
response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina Scheltema, Special Review
and Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-2201; fax number:
(703) 308-8005; e-mail address: scheltema.christina@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does This Action Apply to Me?

    This action is directed to the public in general. You may be
affected by this action if you manufacture, sell, distribute, or use
disulfoton products. Since other entities may also be interested, the
Agency has not attempted to describe all the specific entities that may
be 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.

B. How Can I Get Additional Information, Including Copies of This
Document and Other Related Documents?

    1. Electronically. You may obtain electronic copies of this
document, and certain other related documents that might be available
electronically, 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/.
    2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for
this action under docket control number OPP-2002-0135. 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 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 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 the Public Information and Records Integrity Branch
(PIRIB), 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.

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-2002-0135 in the subject line on
the first page of your response.
    1. By mail. Submit your comments to: Public Information and Records
Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Information Resources and Services Division
(7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP), Environmental Protection
Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.
    2. In person or by courier. Deliver your comments to: Public
Information and Records Integrity Branch (PIRIB), Information Resources
and Services Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP),
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. You may submit your comments electronically by
e-mail to: opp-docket@epa.gov, or you can submit a computer disk as
described above. Do not submit any information electronically that you
consider to be CBI. Avoid the use of special characters and any form of
encryption. Electronic submissions will be accepted in WordPerfect 6.1/
8.0 or ASCII file format. All comments in electronic form must be
identified by docket control number OPP-2002-0135. Electronic comments
may also be filed online at many Federal Depository Libraries.

D. How Should I Handle CBI 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.

E. What Should I Consider as I Prepare My Comments for EPA?

    You may find the following suggestions helpful for preparing your
comments:
    1. Explain your views as clearly as possible.
    2. Describe any assumptions that you used.
    3. Provide copies of any technical information and/or data you used
that support your views.
    4. If you estimate potential burden or costs, explain how you
arrived at the estimate that you provide.
    5. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns.
    6. Offer alternative ways to improve the notice or collection
activity.
    7. Make sure to submit your comments by the deadline in this
notice.
    8. To ensure proper receipt by EPA, be sure to identify the docket
control number assigned to this action in the subject line on the first
page of your response. You may also provide the name, date, and Federal
Register citation.

II. Background

A. What Action Is the Agency Taking?

    EPA has received a request from Adams Technology, the authorized
agent for the registrant, Easy Gardener Inc., to cancel four pesticide
products containing the active ingredient O,O-diethyl S-[2-
(ethylthio)ethyl]phosphorodithioate (disulfoton) registered under
section 3 of FIFRA effective as of December 31, 2003. EPA completed an
Interim Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) for disulfoton on
March 30, 2002, and issued the IRED document on July 17, 2002. As part
of the reregistration process, Easy Gardener Inc. has elected to
voluntarily cancel certain disulfoton products rather than develop the
data necessary to support reregistration. The registrations with
pending requests for voluntary cancellation are listed in the following
table.

      Table 1.--Disulfoton Registrations with Pending Requests for
                              Cancellation
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           EPA Registration No.                     Product Name
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46260-2                                     Jobe's Spikes Systemic
                                             Insecticide with Fertilizer
                                             for Roses
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46260-12                                    Jobe's Spikes Systemic
                                             Insecticide with Fertilizer
                                             for Beautiful Trees
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46260-35                                    Jobe's Spikes Systemic
                                             Insecticide with Fertilizer
                                             for Houseplants
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46260-36                                    Ross Systemic Root Feeder
                                             Cartridge
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    FIFRA section 6(f)(1)(B) requires that EPA provide a 30-day comment
period in which the public may comment before the Agency may act on the
request for voluntary cancellation. EPA intends to grant the request
for voluntary cancellation, unless during the comment period EPA
receives substantive comments that would merit the Agency's further
review of this request. For purposes of the cancellation order that the
Agency intends to issue at the close of the comment period for this
notice, EPA intends to include certain provisions governing the sale,
distribution and use of existing stocks. The term ``existing stocks''
as defined in EPA's existing stocks policy in the Federal Register of
June 26, 1991 (56 FR 29362) (FRL-3846-4), means those stocks of a
registered pesticide product which are currently in the United States
and which have been packaged, labeled, and released for shipment prior
to the effective date of the cancellation. EPA intends to permit sale
and distribution of the existing stocks by the registrant until
December 31, 2004, and by persons other than the registrant until the
existing stocks are exhausted. EPA also intends to permit use of
existing stocks until they are exhausted, provided that such further
use is in accordance with the EPA-approved label and labeling of the
affected product.

B. What is the Agency's Authority for Taking this Action?

    Section 6(f)(1) of FIFRA provides that a registrant of a pesticide
product may at any time request voluntary cancellation of any of its
pesticide registrations. The Act further provides that, before acting
on the request, EPA must publish a notice of receipt of any such
request in the Federal Register. Thereafter, the EPA Administrator may
approve such a request.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Disulfoton, Pesticides, Reregistration,
Voluntary cancellation.

    Dated: August 28, 2002.
Susan Lewis,
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 02-22729 Filed 9-5-02; 8:45 am]