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jojoba oil Tolerance Exemption 1/96

[Federal Register: January 26, 1996 (Volume 61, Number 18)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
[Page 2446-2449]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Part 180
[PP 3E4230/R2189; FRL-4987-5]
RIN 2070-AB78
Jojoba Oil; Tolerance Exemption
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Final rule.
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SUMMARY: This document establishes an exemption from the requirement of 
a tolerance for jojoba oil in or on all raw agricultural commodities 
when applied at not more than 1.0% of the final spray as an insecticide 
or as a pesticide spray tank adjuvant in accordance with good 
agricultural practices. Amvac Chemical Corp. submitted a petition 
pursuant to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requesting 
the regulation to establish an exemption from the requirement of a 
tolerance.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This regulation becomes effective January 25, 1996.

ADDRESSES: Written objections and hearing requests, identified by the 
document control number, [PP 3E4230/R2189], may be submitted to: 
Hearing Clerk (1900), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. M3708, 401 M 
St., SW., Washington, DC 20460. Fees accompanying objections and 
hearing requests shall be labeled "Tolerance Petition Fees" and 
forwarded to: EPA Headquarters Accounting Operations Branch, OPP 
(Tolerance Fees), P.O. Box 360277M, Pittsburgh, PA 15251. A copy of any 
objections and hearing requests filed with the Hearing Clerk should be 
identified by the document control number and submitted to: Public 
Response and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division 
(7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
401 M St. SW., Washington, DC 20460. In person, bring copy of 
objections and hearing requests to: Rm. 1132, CM #2, 1921 Jefferson 
Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA 22202.
    A copy of objections and hearing requests filed with the Hearing 
Clerk may also be submitted electronically by sending electronic mail 
(e-mail) to: opp-docket@epamail.epa.gov. Copies of objections and 
hearing requests must be submitted as an ASCII file avoiding the use of 
special characters and any form of encryption. Copies of objections and 
hearing requests will also be accepted on disks in WordPerfect in 5.1 
file format or ASCII file format. All copies of objections and hearing 
requests in electronic form must be identified by the docket number [PP 
3E4230/R2189]. No Confidential Business Information (CBI) should be 
submitted through e-mail. Electronic copies of objections and hearing 
requests on this rule may be filed online at many Federal Depository 
Libraries. Additional information on electronic submissions can be 
found below in this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: By mail: Michael L. Mendelsohn, 
Regulatory Action Leader, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention 
Division (7501W), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental 
Protection Agency, 401 M St. SW., Washington, DC 20460. Office location 
and telephone number: 5th Floor, 2800 Crystal Drive, North Tower, 
Arlington, VA 22202, (703)-308-8715; e-mail: 
            mendelsohn.michael@epamail.epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In the Federal Register of October 25, 1995 
(60 FR 54637), EPA issued a proposed rule that gave notice that Amvac 
Chemical Corp., 2110 Davie Ave., City of Commerce, CA 90040, had 
submitted pesticide petition (PP) 3E4230 to EPA requesting that the 
Administrator, pursuant to section 408(e) of the FFDCA, 21 U.S.C. 
346a(e), amend 40 CFR part 180 by establishing an exemption from the 
requirement of a tolerance for simmondsia liquid wax (jojoba oil) and 
the product Detur for use as an inert ingredient in pesticide 
formulations applied to growing crops or to raw agricultural 
commodities after harvest. Subsequent to its petition, Amvac informed 
EPA that it had transferred all Detur assets to Imperial Jojoba Oils of 
El Centro, CA. EPA has, of its own initiative, expanded the original 
petition to include pesticidal uses of jojoba oil in this proposed 
exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.
    There were no comments or requests for referral to an advisory 
committee received in response to the proposed rule.
    The data submitted with the proposal and other relevant material 
have been evaluated and discussed in the proposed rule. Based on the 
data and information considered, the Agency concludes that the 
tolerance exemption will protect the public health. Therefore, the 
tolerance exemption is established as set forth below.
    Any person adversely affected by this regulation may, within 30 
days after publication of this document in the Federal Register, file 
written objections and/or request a hearing with the Hearing Clerk, at 
the address given above (40 CFR 178.20). A copy of the objections and/
or hearing requests filed with the Hearing Clerk should be submitted to 
the OPP docket for this rulemaking. The objections submitted must 
specify the provisions of the regulation deemed objectionable and the 
grounds for the objections (40 CFR 178.25). Each objection must be 
accompanied by the fee prescribed by 40 CFR 180.33(i). If a hearing is 
requested, the objections must include a statement of the factual 
issue(s) on which a hearing is requested, the requestor's contentions 
on such issues, and a summary of any evidence relied upon by the objector (40 
CFR 178.27). A request for a hearing will be granted if the Administrator 
determines that the material submitted shows the following: There is a 
genuine and substantial issue of fact; there is a reasonable 
possibility that available evidence identified by the requestor would, 
if established, resolve one or more of such issues in favor of the 
requestor, taking into account uncontested claims or facts to the 
contrary; and resolution of the factual issue(s) in the manner sought 
by the requestor would be adequate to justify the action requested (40 
CFR 178.32).
     A record has been established for this rulemaking under docket 
number [PP 3E4230/R2189] (including any objections and hearing requests 
submitted electronically as described below). A public version of this 
record, including printed, paper versions of electronic comments, which 
does not include any information claimed as CBI, is available for 
inspection from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding 
legal holidays. The public record is located in Room 1132 of the Public 
Response and Program Resources Branch, Field Operations Division 
(7506C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
    Written objections and hearing requests, identified by the document 
control number [PP 3E4230/R2189], may be submitted to the Hearing Clerk 
(1900), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. 3708, 401 M St. SW., 
Washington, DC 20460.
    A copy of electronic objections and hearing requests filed with the 
Hearing Clerk can be sent directly to EPA at:
                   opp-Docket@epamail.epa.gov

    A copy of electronic objections and hearing requests filed with the 
Hearing Clerk must be submitted as an ASCII file avoiding the use of 
special characters and any form of encryption.
    The official record for this rulemaking, as well as the public 
version, as described above will be kept in paper form. Accordingly, 
EPA will transfer any objections and hearing requests received 
electronically into printed, paper form as they are received and will 
place the paper copies in the official rulemaking record which will 
also include all objections and hearing requests submitted directly in 
writing. The official rulemaking record is the paper record maintained 
at the address in ADDRESSES at the beginning of this document.
    Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993), the Agency 
must determine whether the regulatory action is "significant" and 
therefore subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) and the requirements of the Executive Order. Under section 3(f), 
the order defines a "significant regulatory action" as an action that 
is likely to result in a rule (1) having an annual effect on the 
economy of $100 million or more, or adversely and materially affecting 
a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the 
environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal 
governments or communities (also referred to as "economically 
significant"); (2) creating serious inconsistency or otherwise 
interfering with an action taken or planned by another agency; (3) 
materially altering the budgetary impacts of entitlement, grants, user 
fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients 
thereof; or (4) raising novel legal or policy issues arising out of 
legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth 
in this Executive Order.
    Pursuant to the terms of the Executive Order, EPA has determined 
that this rule is not "significant" and is therefore not subject to 
OMB review.
    Pursuant to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(Pub. L. 96-354, 94 Stat. 1164, 5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Administrator 
has determined that regulations establishing new tolerances or raising 
tolerance levels or establishing exemptions from tolerance requirements 
do not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. A certification statement to this effect was published 
in the Federal Register of May 4, 1981 (46 FR 24950).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, 
Agricultural commodities, Pesticides and pests, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: January 16, 1996.

Daniel M. Barolo,
Director, Office of Pesticide Programs.

    Therefore, 40 CFR part 180 is amended as follows:

PART 180--[AMENDED]

    1. The authority citation for part 180 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 21 U.S.C. 346a and 371.

    2. In subpart D, by adding new Sec. 180.1160, to read as follows:


Sec. 180.1160   Jojoba oil; exemption from the requirement of a tolerance.

    The insecticide and spray tank adjuvant jojoba oil is exempted from 
the requirement of a tolerance in or on all raw agricultural 
commodities when applied at the rate of 1.0% or less of the final spray 
in accordance with good agricultural practices, provided the jojoba oil 
does not contain simmondsin, simmondsin-2-ferulate, and related 
conjugated organonitriles including demethyl simmondsin and 
didemethylsimmondsin.