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fenthion (Baytex, Entex) Availability of Interim Risk Management Decision Documents 12/00


[Federal Register: December 29, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 251)]
[Page 83013-83014]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



[OPP-34145C; FRL-6763-4]

Organophosphate Pesticides; Availability of Interim Risk
Management Decision Documents

AGENCY:  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:  Notice.


SUMMARY:  This notice announces the availability of the interim risk
management decision document for the organophosphate pesticide
fenthion. This decision document has been developed as part of the
public participation process that EPA and U.S. Department of
Agriculture (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).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  For general information contact:
Carol Stangel, Special Review and Reregistration Division (7508C),
Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200
Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703)
308-8007; e-mail address:
    For technical information contact: For questions on the IRED in
this document, contact the Chemical Review Manager listed in the table


I. General Information

A. 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 interim
risk management decision documents for fenthion , 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. Since other entities also may 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

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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
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
fedrgstr/. In addition, copies of the pesticide interim risk management
decision documents released to the public may also be accessed at
     2. In person. The Agency has established an official record for
this action under docket control numbers OPP-34145C. The official
record consists of the documents specifically referenced in this
action, 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.
    For questions on the IRED in this document, contact the Chemical
Review Manager listed in this table:

                                                        Chemical Review
          Chemical name                Case No.             Manager Telephone no.      E-mail address
Fenthion                          0290                Tracy Truesdale (703) 308-8073      truesdale.tracy@ep

III. What Action is the Agency Taking?

    EPA has assessed the risks of fenthion and reached an Interim
Reregistration Eligibility Decision (IRED) for this organophosphate
pesticide. The Agency believes that currently registered uses of
fenthion pose unreasonable adverse effects to human health and the
environment, and that mitigation measures are necessary. EPA will
conduct a public process in the near future to identify the best ways
to reduce the risks associated with fenthion exposure. This process
will include a public comment period on the risk mitigation proposed in
this interim RED, as well as a stakeholder meeting. At the conclusion
of this process, the Agency will announce a final determination on the
risk mitigation it believes must be adopted in order for products
containing fenthion to remain eligible for reregistration.
     The interim risk management decision documents for fenthion were
made through the organophosphate pesticide pilot public participation
process, which increases transparency and maximizes stakeholder
involvement in EPA's development of risk assessments and risk
management decisions. 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
    EPA worked extensively with affected parties to reach the decisions
presented in the interim risk management decision document for fenthion
. As part of the pilot public participation process, numerous
opportunities for public comment were offered as these interim risk
management decision documents were being developed. In addition, the
Agency will provide further opportunity for public involvement through
a stakeholder meeting to discuss risk mitigation options and approaches
for fenthion.
    The risk assessments for fenthion were released to the public
through a notice published in the Federal Register on September 9, 1998
(63 FR 48213) (OPP-34141; FRL-6030-2) and October 14, 1999 (64 FR
55712) (OPP-34145A; FRL-6389-2).
    EPA's next step under FQPA is to complete a cumulative risk
assessment and risk management decision encompassing all the
organophosphate pesticides, which share a common mechanism of toxicity.
The interim risk management decision documents on fenthion cannot be
considered final until this cumulative assessment is complete.
    When the cumulative risk assessment for all organophosphate
pesticides has been completed, EPA will issue its final tolerance
reassessment decision for fenthion and further risk mitigation measures
may be needed.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: December 21, 2000.
Lois Rossi,
Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.

[FR Doc. 00-33014 Filed 12-28-00; 8:45 am]