Pesticide Tolerances: Mevinphos

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Part 180
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0423; FRL-8879-2]

Mevinphos; Data Call-in Order for Pesticide Tolerances

Agency

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Action

Final order.

Summary

This order requires the submission of various data to support the continuation of the tolerances for the pesticide mevinphos. Pesticide tolerances are established under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Following publication of this order, persons who are interested in the continuation of the mevinphos tolerances must notify the Agency by completing and submitting the required section 408(f) Order Response form (available in the docket) within 90 days. If the Agency does not receive within 90 days after publication of the final order a section 408(f) Response Form identifying a person who agrees to submit the required data, EPA will revoke the mevinphos tolerances.

Dates

This final order is effective June 29, 2011. A section 408(f) Order Response form must be received on or before September 27, 2011.

Addresses

EPA has established a docket for this action under docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0423. All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPPRegulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

Submit your section 408(f) Order Response form, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0423, by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • Mail: Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.
  • Delivery: OPP Regulatory Public Docket (7502P), Environmental Protection Agency, Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. Deliveries are only accepted during the Docket Facility's normal hours of operation (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays). Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.
  • Instructions: Direct your section 408(f) Order Response form to docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0423. EPA's policy is that all information and comments received will be included in the docket without change and may be made available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the information or comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through regulations.gov or e-mail. The regulations.gov website is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send information or comments via an e-mail directly to EPA without going through regulations.gov, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the information or comment that is placed in the docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit information or a comment electronically, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your information or comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If EPA cannot read your information or comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your submission. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.
  • Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the docket index available at http://www.regulations.gov. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either in the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov, or, if only available in hard copy, at the OPP Regulatory Public Docket in Rm. S-4400, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.), 2777 S. Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA. The hours of operation of this Docket Facility are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The Docket Facility telephone number is (703) 305-5805.

For Further Information Contact

Susan Bartow, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 603-0065; fax number: (703) 308-8090; e-mail address: bartow.susan@epa.gov.

Supplementary Information

I. General Information

A. Does this action apply to me?

You may be potentially affected by this action if you are an agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Crop production (NAICS code 111).
  • Animal production (NAICS code 112).
  • Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311).
  • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532).

This listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by this action. Other types of entities not listed in this unit could also be affected. The North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes have been provided to assist you and others in determining whether this action might apply to certain entities. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed underFOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

B. How can I get electronic access to other related information?

You may access a frequently updated electronic version of 40 CFR part 180 through the Government Printing Office's e-CFR cite at http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title40/40tab_02.tpl http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr. To access the harmonized test guidelines referenced in this document electronically, please go to http://www.epa.gov/ocspp and select “Test Methods and Guidelines.”

II. Background

A. What action is the agency taking?

In this document EPA issues an order requiring the submission of various data to support the continuation of the mevinphos tolerances at 40 CFR 180.157 under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (“FFDCA”), 21 U.S.C. 346a.

Mevinphos is not currently registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (“FIFRA”), 7 U.S.C. 136 et seq., and may not be sold, distributed, or used in the United States. Mevinphos' FIFRA registration was canceled in 1994. However, 15 FFDCA tolerances remain for residues of mevinphos on the following commodities: Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, spinach, strawberries, grapes, lettuce, melons, watermelon, peas, peppers, summer squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes (40 CFR 180.157). Since there are currently no domestic registrations for mevinphos, these tolerances are referred to as “import tolerances.” It is these tolerances that are addressed by the data call-in order.

B. What is the agency's authority for taking this action?

Under section 408(f) of the FFDCA, EPA is authorized to require, by order, submission of data “reasonably required to support the continuation of a tolerance” when such data cannot be obtained under the Data Call-In authority of FIFRA section 3(c)(2)(B), or section 4 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”), 15 U.S.C. 2603. A FFDCA section 408 data call-in order may only be issued following publication of notice of the order and a 60-day public comment provision.

A section 408(f) Data Call-In order must contain the following elements:

1. A requirement that one or more persons submit to EPA a notice identifying the person(s) who commit to submit the data required in the order;

2. A description of the required data and the required reports connected to such data;

3. An explanation of why the required data could not be obtained under section 3(c)(2)(B) of FIFRA or section 4 of TSCA; and

4. The required submission date for the notice identifying one or more interested persons who commit to submit the required data and the required submission dates for all the data and reports required in the order. (21 U.S.C. 346a(f)(1)(C)).

EPA may by order modify or revoke the affected tolerances if any one of the following submissions are not made in a timely manner:

1. A notice identifying the one or more interested persons who commit to submit the data;

2. The data itself; or

3. The reports required under a section 408(f) order are not submitted by the date specified in the order. (21 U.S.C. 346a(f)(2)).

C. What preliminary steps were taken by EPA prior to issuing this final order?

On July 28, 2010, EPA issued a proposed data call-in order for the pesticide mevinphos in connection with tolerances for that pesticide under section 408 of the FFDCA, 21 U.S.C. 346a. (75 FR 44181). The proposed data call-in order included the following studies:

1. Comparative Cholinesterase Assay (870.6300);

2. Immunotoxicity Study (870.7800);

3. Directions for Use (860.1200);

4. Crop Field Trials (860.1500)—(broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, grapes, lettuce, peas, peppers, spinach, summer squash, strawberries, and tomatoes); and

5. Processing Study (tomatoes) (860.1520).

III. Summary of Public Comments Received and Agency Response to Comments

EPA received no comments in response to the July 28, 2010Federal Registernotice announcing the Agency's proposed data call-in order for mevinphos. In addition, the Agency has not received any of the data identified in the proposed order as needed to support the mevinphos tolerances.

IV. Final Data Call-in Order

Because no comments were submitted on the proposed order and the data deficiencies identified in the proposed order remain, EPA is today issuing the final data call-in order under FFDCA section 408(f)(1)(C) for mevinphos in the same form as the proposed order and for the reasons set forth in that proposed order. Specifically, EPA is requiring:

1. Notice of intent to submit data. A notice identifying the person or persons who commit to submit the data and reports in accordance with Unit V.2. must be submitted to EPA if any person wishes to support the mevinphos tolerances. The notice must be submitted on a section 408(f) Order Response form which is available on the Federal Government's electronic docket, http:/www.regulations.gov, under docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0423.

2. Deadline for submission of notice identifying data submitters. The notice described in Unit V.1. identifying data submitters must be submitted to and received by EPA on or before June 29, 2011. Instructions on methods for submitting this notice (referred to in this order as a “section 408(f) Order Response form”) are set out under theADDRESSESheading above.

3. Required data and reports and readlines for submission. The table below lists the data and reports required to be submitted on mevinphos under this order and the deadlines for the submission of each study and report. The required submission date is calculated from the close of the 90-day period followingFederal Registerpublication of the order for providing notice of intent to submit the data. Thus, for example, if EPA generally allows 12 months to complete a study, the required submission date for such a study under this order would be 15 months from the date of publication of the order in theFederal Register.

Table—Required Data and Reports
Harmonized guideline requirement No.Study titleTimeframe forprotocol reportsubmissionTimeframe for data submission
870.6300Comparative Cholinesterase AssayMarch 29, 2012October 1, 2012.
870.7800Immunotoxicity StudyMarch 29, 2012October 1, 2012.
860.1200Directions for useNot requiredOctober 1, 2012.
860.1500Crop Field Trials (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, grapes, lettuce, peas, peppers, spinach, summer squash, strawberries, and tomatoes)Not RequiredSeptember 30, 2013.
860.1520Processing studies (tomatoes)Not RequiredSeptember 30, 2013.

EPA provided a description of why the required data could not be obtained under section 3(c)(2)(B) of FIFRA or section 4 of TSCA in the proposed order and relies on that description in this final order.

V. Failure To Submit Notice of Intent To Submit Data or Data and Reports

If, within 90 days after publication of this final order, the Agency does not receive a section 408(f) Order Response Form identifying a person who agrees to submit the required data, EPA will revoke the mevinphos tolerances at 40 CFR 180.157. Such revocation is subject to the objection and hearing procedure in FFDCA section 408(g)(2) but the only material issue in such a procedure is whether a submission required by the order was made in a timely fashion.

Additional events that may be the basis for modification or revocation of mevinphos tolerances include, but are not limited to the following:

1. No person submits on the required schedule an acceptable protocol report when such report is required to be submitted to the Agency for review.

2. No person submits on the required schedule acceptable data as required by the final order.

VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

As required by statute, this action requiring submission of data in support of tolerances is in the form of an order and not a rule. (21 U.S.C. 346a(f)(1)(C)). Under the Administrative Procedures Act, orders are expressly excluded from the definition of a rule. (5 U.S.C. 551(4)). Accordingly, the regulatory assessment requirements imposed onrulemaking do not, therefore, apply to this action.

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 180

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

Dated: June 22, 2010.
Richard P. Keigwin, Jr.,
Director, Pesticide Re-evaluation Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
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