Objections to a Tolerance
Under section 408(g)(2)(A) of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, any person may file objections with EPA within 60 days of issuance of a final tolerance regulation. Such person may also request a public evidentiary hearing on the objections. Under EPA regulations, EPA must publish an order setting forth its determination on each of the objections. Such order must contain EPA's reasons for its determination. If, based on the objections, EPA determines that the tolerance regulation should be modified or revoked, EPA will publish by order any revisions to the regulation.
EPA has received the following objections to tolerances since January 1, 2002.
- On February 25, 2002, March 19, 2002, and May 7, 2002, the Natural
Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed objections with EPA regarding
final rules establishing tolerances under section 408 of the Federal
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA)for the following pesticides on
the crops noted. NRDC's objections concern a number of issues under
section 408 of the FFDCA including the additional 10X safety factor
for the protection of infants and children and aggregate exposure
to pesticide chemical residues. This document seeks comment on the
NRDC objections. EPA must receive comments, identified by docket ID
number OPP-2002-0057, on or before August 19, 2002. The Federal Register
notice requesting comment was published on June
- 2,4-D (soybeans),
- halosulfuron methyl (melons, asparagus),
- pymetrozine (cotton, undelinted seed; cotton gin byproducts; fruiting vegetables; head and stem Brassica vegetables; cucurbit vegetables; leafy vegetables; leafy Brassica and turnip greens; hops, dried; and pecans),
- imidacloprid (blueberries),
- mepiquat (cottonseed; cotton, gin byproducts; meat byproducts of cattle, goats, hogs, horses, and sheep),
- bifenazate (apple, wet pomace; cotton, undelineted seed; cotton, gin byproducts, pome fruit group; grapes; grapes, raisins; hops, dried cones; nectarines; peaches; plums; strawberries; and milk, fat, meat, and meat byproducts of cattle, goats, horses, hogs, and sheep),
- zeta-cypermethrin (succulent, shelled peas and beans; dried, shelled peas and beans, except soybeans; soybean, seed; fruiting vegetables, except cucurbits; sorghum, grain, forage, stover; wheat, grain, forage, hay, straw; aspirated grain fractions; meat of cattle, goats, hogs, horses, sheep),
- diflubenzuron (pears).