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ethion Cancellation Order 3/02


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[OPP-66302; FRL-6829-5]

Ethion; Cancellation Order

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

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SUMMARY: This notice announces EPA's order cancelling the registrations
of all pesticide products produced by Cheminova AGRO A/S, FMC
Corporation, and Micro-Flo Corporation containing O,O,O,O-tetaethyl
S,S-methylene bis(phosphorodithioate) (ethion). This cancellation order
follows a notice in the September 26, 2001 Federal Register announcing
receipt of requests for cancellation of these products, and announcing
the commencement of a public comment period as required by section
6(f)(1) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
(FIFRA). EPA has received no comments, and is therefore granting the
requested cancellation orders. Any distribution, sale, or use of the
products subject to this cancellation order is only permitted in
accordance with the terms of the existing stocks provisions of this
cancellation order.

DATES: Cancellation of manufacturing-use products will be effective on
October 1, 2003, and cancellation of end-use products will be effective
on December 31, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Dumas,Special Review and
Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.,
Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 703-308-8015; fax number: 703-
308-8041; e-mail address:dumas.richard@epa. gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. General Information

A. Does this Action Apply to Me?

   This action is directed to the public in general. Although this
action may be of particular interest to persons who produce or use
pesticides, 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 information in this notice, 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
thisdocument, 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'' 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-66302. 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.

II. What Action is the Agency Taking

   This notice announces the cancellation of five ethion pesticide
products as requested by Cheminova A/S, FMC Corporation, and Micro-Flo
Corporation. These registrations are listed in Table 1.

A. Background Information

   Ethion is an organophosphate insecticide registered for use on
citrus in Florida and Texas, and cattle in eartags.
   On August 24, August 29, and August 31, 2001, Micro-Flo
Corporation, FMC Corporation, and Cheminova A/S, respectively, signed a
Memorandum of Agreement with EPA requesting cancellation pursuant of
6(f) of FIFRA of all their registrations for products containing
ethion. In the Federal Register of September 26, 2001 (66 FR 49182)
(FRL-6805-5), EPA announced its intention to accept the cancellation
requests and provided for a public comment period. No comments were
received in response to that notice.

B. Cancellation Order

   Pursuant to section 6(f)(1)(A) of FIFRA, EPA grants the
cancellation requests for the registrations identified in Table 1.
Accordingly, EPA orders the cancellation of the manufacturing-use
products (EPA Registration Nos. 4787-10 and 279-2280) effective October
1, 2003. EPA orders the cancellation of end-use products (279-1254,
51036-89, and 51036-90) effective December 31, 2003. Any distribution,
sale or use of existing stocks of the products identified in Table 1 in
a manner inconsistent with the terms of this Order or the Existing
Stocks Provisions in Unit III. of this notice will be considered a
violation of section 12(a)(2)(K) of FIFRA and/or section 12(a)(1)(A) of
FIFRA.

                   Table 1.--Canceled Registrations
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                                    Registration
            Company                    Number              Product
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Cheminova A/S                     4787-10             Cheminova Ethion
                                                      Technical
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FMC Corporation                   279-1254            Ethion 4 Miscible
                                 279-2280            Ethion Technical
                                                      Insecticide
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Micro-Flo Corporation             51036-89            Ethion 4 EC
                                 51036-90            Ethion 8 EC
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III. Provisions for Disposition of Existing Stocks

   Cancellation of manufacturing-use products will be effective on
October 1, 2003, and cancellation of end-use products will be effective
on December 31, 2003.
   Existing stocks are those stocks of registered pesticide products
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 action (56 FR 29362, June 26, 1991).

A. Manufacturing Use Products

   As of October 1, 2003, all sale and distribution of existing stocks
of ethion manufacturing use products is prohibited, unless the sale or
distribution is for export or for the purpose of manufacturing a
product intended for export, consistent with the requirements of FIFRA
section 17, or for proper disposal.
   As of December 31, 2003, all use of existing stocks of
manufacturing-use products to manufacture any other product is
prohibited, except for production of products intended for export
consistent with the requirements of FIFRA section 17.

B. End Use Products

   As of December 31, 2003, Micro-Flo Corporation, FMC Corporation,
and Cheminova A/S, are prohibited from distributing or selling existing
stocks of the end-use products, unless the sale or distribution is for
export or for the purpose of manufacturing a product intended for
export, consistent with the requirements of FIFRA section 17, or for
proper disposal.
   As of October 1, 2004, all sale and distribution of existing stocks
of the end-use products is prohibited, unless the sale or distribution
is for export or for the purpose of manufacturing a product intended
for export, consistent with the requirements of FIFRA section 17, or
for proper disposal.
   As of December 31, 2004, all use of existing stocks of the end-use
products is prohibited.

List of Subjects

   Environmental protection, Pesticides and pests.

   Dated: March 11, 2002.
Jack E. Housenger,
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 02-6854 Filed 3-21-02; 8:45 am]