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[Federal Register: March 20, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 54)]
[Notices]
[Page 14967-14969]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
[OPP-34173B; FRL-6499-2]
Organophosphate Pesticide; Availability of Revised Risk
Assessments
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice.
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SUMMARY: This notices announces the availability of the revised risk
assessments and related documents for one organophosphate pesticide,
phosmet. 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-34173B for
phosmet, must be received by EPA on or before May 19, 2000.

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-34173B for phosmet in the subject line on the first
page of your response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Angulo, Special Review and
Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Bldg., 1200 Pennsylvania
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (703) 308-8004; e-
mail address: angulo.karen@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 phosmet,
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" and then look up the entry for this document
under the "Federal Register--Environmental Documents." You can also
go directly to

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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-34173B for phosmet. 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-34173B for phosmet 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, Ariel
Rios Bldg., 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-
34173B for phosmet. 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 pesticide,
phosmet. 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 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
consultation. The documents being released to the public through this
notice provide information on the revisions that were made to the
phosmet preliminary risk assessments, which was released to the public
January 15, 1999 (64 FR 10) (FRL-6056-9) through a notice in the
Federal Register.
    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 phosmet. 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 phosmet 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, commentors 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 pesticide 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 May 19, 2000 at the addresses given under
the "ADDRESSES" section. Comments and proposals will become part of
the Agency record for the

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organophosphate pesticide specified in this notice.

List of Subjects

    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Pesticides and pests.

    Dated: March 13, 2000.
Jack E. Housenger,
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
Pesticide Programs.
[FR Doc. 00-6862 Filed 3-15-00; 3:46 pm]
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