sulfotepp (Bladafum,Plantfum) Availability of Revised Risk Assessments 6/99
[Federal Register: June 30, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 125)]
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Organophosphate Pesticide: Sulfotepp; Availability of Revised
Risk Assessments and Public Participation on Risk Management
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
SUMMARY: This notices announces the availability of the revised risk
assessments and related documents for one organophosphate pesticide,
sulfotepp. 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 to
increase transparency in the tolerance reassessment process for
DATES: Comments, identified by docket control number OPP-34146A, must
be received by EPA on or before August 30, 1999.
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'' section. To
ensure proper receipt by EPA, it is imperative that you identify docket
control number OPP-34146A in the subject line on the first page of your
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Angulo, Special Review and
Reregistration Division (7508C), Office of Pesticide Programs,
Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M St., SW., Washington, DC 20460;
telephone number: (703) 308-8004; e-mail address: email@example.com.
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 sulfotepp,
including environmental, human health, and agricultural advocates; the
chemical industry; pesticide users; and members of the public
interested in the use of pesticides. 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 in the ``FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT'' section.
II. How Can I Get Additional Information, Including Copies Of This
Document Or Other Related Documents?
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 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/
B. In Person
The Agency has established an official record for this action under
docket control number OPP-34146A. 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 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
Public Information and Records Integrity Branch (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, you must identify
docket control number OPP-34146A 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, 401 M
St., SW., Washington, DC 20460.
2. In person or by courier. Deliver comments to: Public Information
and Records Integrity Branch, Information Resources and Services
Division (7502C), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental
Protection Agency, Rm. 119, Crystal Mall #2, 1921 Jefferson Davis Hwy.,
Arlington, VA. PIRIB is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through
Friday, excluding legal holidays. The PIRIB telephone number is (703)
3. Electronically. Submit electronic comments by e-mail to: ``opp-
firstname.lastname@example.org,'' or you may mail or deliver your standard computer
disk using the addresses 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 5.1/6.1 or ASCII file format.
All comments in electronic form must be identified by the docket
control number OPP-34146A. 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
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 in the ``FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
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, sulfotepp.
These documents have been developed as part of the pilot public
participation process that EPA and the 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). 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 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
sulfotepp preliminary risk assessments, which where released to the
public on September 9, 1998 (63 FR 48213) (FRL-6030-2), through a
notice in the Federal Register.
As part of the pilot public participation process, EPA and USDA may
hold public meetings (called Technical Briefings) to provide interested
stakeholders with opportunities to become more informed about revised
organophosphate risk assessments. During the Technical Briefings, EPA
describes the major points (e.g. risk contributors), use data that were
used (e.g. data from USDA's Pesticide Data Program (PDP)), and
discusses how public comments impacted the assessment. USDA provides
ideas on possible risk management. Stakeholders have an opportunity to
ask clarifying questions, and all meeting minutes are placed in the OPP
public docket. Technical Briefings may not be held for chemicals that
have limited use patterns or low levels of risk concern. Sulfotepp's
use pattern is limited to ornamental plants in greenhouses, therefore,
no Technical Briefing is planned. In cases where no Technical Briefing
is held, the Agency will make a special effort to communicate with
interested stakeholders in order to better ensure their understanding
of the revised assessments and how they can participate in the
organophosphate pilot public participation process. EPA has a good
familiarity with the stakeholder groups associated with the use of
sulfotepp who may be interested in participating in the risk
assessment/risk management process, and will contact them individually
to inform them that no Technical Briefing will be held. EPA is willing
to meet with stakeholders to discuss the sulfotepp revised risk
assessments. Minutes of all meetings will be docketed.
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 sulfotepp. 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. Comments and proposals
could address ideas about how to manage occupational or ecological
risks on specific sulfotepp use sites across the United States or in a
particular geographic region of the country. To address occupational
risks, for example, commentors may suggest personal protective
equipment or technologies to reduce exposure to workers and pesticide
handlers. EPA will provide other opportunities for public participation
and comment on issues associated with the organophosphate tolerance
reassessment program. Failure to participate or comment as part of this
opportunity will in no way prejudice or limit a commentor's opportunity
to participate fully in later notice and comment processes. All
comments and proposals must be received by EPA on or before August 30,
1999 at the addresses given under the ``ADDRESSES'' section. Comments
and proposals will become part of the Agency record for the
organophosphate specified in this notice.
List of Subjects
Environmental protection, Chemicals, Pesticides and pests.
Dated: June 21, 1999.
Jack E. Housenger,
Acting Director, Special Review and Reregistration Division, Office of
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