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Rules - 1999

[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 29 (Friday, February 12, 1999)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 7144]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-3442]


DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Drug Enforcement Administration

21 CFR Parts 1300 and 1310

[DEA Number 137E2]

RIN 1117-AA321

Exemption of Chemical Mixtures

AGENCY: Drug Enforcement Administration, Justice.

ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.


SUMMARY: The DEA is extending the comment period on the Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Exemption of Chemical Mixtures" published on September 16, 1998 (63 FR 49506). A previous publication in the Federal Register on November 12, 1998 (63 FR 63253) extended the original closing date for receipt of comments from November 16, 1999 to February 15, 1999. The DEA believes that an additional extension is necessary to ensure that all interested persons are granted ample time to resolve issues pertaining to these proposed regulations.

DATES: The period for public comment that was to close on February 15, 1999 is extended to April 16, 1999.

ADDRESSES: Comments and objections should be submitted in quintuplicate to the Deputy Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC 20537, Attention: DEA Federal Register Representative/ CCR.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Frank Sapienza, Chief, Drug and Chemical Evaluation Section, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, DC 20537, Telephone: (202) 307- 7183.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The DEA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (63 FR 49506) to implement those portions of the Domestic Chemical Division Control Act of 1993 [Pub. L. 103-200] that exempt from regulation under the Controlled Substances Act certain chemical mixtures that contain regulated chemicals. The proposed regulations identified those mixtures, or categories of mixtures, that will be automatically exempt from regulation and defined an application process that can be used to exempt chemical mixtures that do not meet the criteria for automatic exemption. The DEA issued a ninety day extension to the period for public comment based on a formal request by Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. The DEA believes that an additional sixty day extension is now necessary. This additional extension is deemed necessary to assure that interested persons are afforded reasonable time to address issues of concern and allow all persons to respond accordingly. Therefore, the comment period for the proposed rule is extended to April 16, 1999. Comments must be received by the DEA on or before this date.

Dated: February 8, 1999.

Donnie R. Marshall,
Deputy Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration.

[FR Doc. 99-3442 Filed 2-11-99; 8:45 am]

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