Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board, 58046-58047 [07-5042]

Download as PDF 58046 Notices Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 197 Friday, October 12, 2007 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–TM–07–0118; TM–07–09] Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a forthcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). DATES: The meeting dates are Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 29, 2007, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Friday, November 30, 2007, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Requests from individuals and organizations wishing to make oral presentations at the meeting are due by the close of business on November 12, 2007. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at The Holiday Inn National Airport Hotel, 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202. • Requests for copies of the NOSB meeting agenda, may be sent to Ms. Valerie Frances, Executive Director, NOSB, USDA–AMS–TMP–NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 4008– So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250–0268. The NOSB meeting agenda and proposed recommendations may also be viewed at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop. • Comments on proposed NOSB recommendations may be submitted in writing to Ms. Frances at either the postal address above or via the internet at https://www.regulations.gov only. The comments should identify Docket No. AMS–TM–07–0118. It is our intention to have all comments to this notice whether they are submitted by mail or VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:35 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 the internet available for viewing on the https://www.regulations.gov Web site. • Requests to make an oral presentation at the meeting may also be sent to Ms. Valerie Frances at the postal address above, by e-mail at valerie.frances@usda.gov, via facsimile at (202) 205–7808, or phone at (202) 720–3252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valerie Frances, Executive Director, NOSB, National Organic Program (NOP), (202) 720–3252, or visit the NOP Web site at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/ nop. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 2119 (7 U.S.C. 6518) of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) requires the establishment of the NOSB. The purpose of the NOSB is to make recommendations about whether a substance should be allowed or prohibited in organic production or handling, to assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production, and to advise the Secretary on other aspects of the implementation of the OFPA. The NOSB met for the first time in Washington, DC, in March 1992, and currently has six subcommittees working on various aspects of the organic program. The committees are: Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification; Crops; Handling; Livestock; Materials; and Policy Development. In August of 1994, the NOSB provided its initial recommendations for the NOP to the Secretary of Agriculture. Since that time, the NOSB has submitted 148 addenda to its recommendations and reviewed more than 324 substances for inclusion on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) published its final National Organic Program regulation in the Federal Register on December 21, 2000, (65 FR 80548). The rule became effective April 21, 2001. In addition, the OFPA authorizes the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and provides that no allowed or prohibited substance would remain on the National List for a period exceeding 5 years unless the exemption or prohibition is reviewed and recommended for renewal by the NOSB and adopted by the Secretary of Agriculture. This expiration is PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 commonly referred to as sunset of the National List. The National List appears at 7 CFR part 205, subpart G. The principal purposes of the NOSB meeting are to provide an opportunity for the NOSB to receive an update from the USDA/NOP and hear progress reports from NOSB committees regarding work plan items and proposed action items. The last meeting of the NOSB was held on March 27–29, 2007, in Washington, DC. At its last meeting, the Board recommended the addition of 35 materials to the National List 205.606 for use in handling and began the sunset review process of 11 materials. At this meeting, the Board will continue the sunset review process of these 11 materials. There are 7 substances for use in crops and handling which were placed on the National List on November 3, 2003, and are scheduled to expire on November 3, 2008. There are 4 substances for use in handling which were placed on the National List on November 4, 2003, and are scheduled to expire on November 4, 2008. The sunset review process must be concluded no later than November 3 and 4, 2008, respectively. If renewal is not concluded by those dates, the use or prohibition of these 11 materials will no longer be in compliance with the National Organic Program. The Policy Development Committee will present recommendations regarding revisions to the NOSB Policy and Procedures Manual and the Guide for new NOSB members as well as discuss their on-going collaboration with the NOP to review the NOP responses to prior NOSB recommendations. The Policy Development, Crops and Livestock Committees will jointly present their two recommendations: Guidance on the Certification of Operations Involved in Crops Research and Guidance on Temporary Research Variances. The Materials and Handling Committees will jointly present their recommendation to clarify the definitions of materials on the National List in §§ 205.605(a), (b) and § 205.606. The Handling Committee will present their recommendations on materials petitioned for consideration for inclusion on either § 205.605 or § 205.606 for use in organic products: Gellan Gum and Grape Seed Extract. The Committee will present their E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / Notices recommendations on the continued use or prohibition of the material exemptions on § 205.605(a) which is Agar-agar and due to expire on November 3, 2008, and Animal enzymes, Calcium sulfate, and Glucono delta-lactone, with their respective annotations and limitations, due to expire on November 4, 2008. The Committee will also present their recommendations on the continued use or prohibition of the material exemption on § 205.605(b) which is Cellulose with its respective annotations and limitations, due to expire on November 4, 2008. Additionally, the Committee will present their recommendation on the development of standards for organic pet food. The Crops Committee will present recommendations on the materials Potassium Silicate, Sodium Carbonate Peroxyhydrate, and Sodium Ferric Hydroxy EDTA petitioned for use on § 205.601. The Committee will present their recommendations on the continued use or prohibition of Copper sulfate, Ozone gas, Peracetic acid, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) List 3—Inerts of unknown toxicity, with their respective annotations and limitations. These National List material exemptions are due to expire on November 3, 2008, from § 205.601. The Committee will also present their recommendation on the continued use or prohibition of Calcium chloride for use as a brine-sourced foliar spray. Calcium chloride is otherwise considered a prohibited natural substance on § 205.602 and is also due to expire on November 3, 2008. The Livestock Committee will receive the Aquaculture Working Group: Supplement to Interim Final Report on Bivalve molluscs as well as discuss the outstanding issues related to fish feed and open net pens in regards to the aquaculture standards for finfish. The Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification Committee will present their recommendation on the standardization of certificates, and their recommendations offering guidance for accredited certifying agents regarding annual commercial availability determinations for ingredients listed on § 205.606 and organic seed sourcing by farmers under § 205.204, and on the certification of multi-site operations, including community grower groups. The Meeting is Open to the Public. The NOSB has scheduled time for public input for Wednesday, November 28, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2007, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, November 30, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:35 Oct 11, 2007 Jkt 214001 Individuals and organizations wishing to make oral presentations at the meeting may forward their requests by mail, facsimile, e-mail, or phone to Valerie Frances as listed in ADDRESSES above. Individuals or organizations will be given approximately 5 minutes to present their views. All persons making oral presentations are requested to provide their comments in writing. Written submissions may contain information other than that presented at the oral presentation. Anyone may submit written comments at the meeting. Persons submitting written comments are asked to provide 30 copies. Interested persons may visit the NOSB portion of the NOP Web site at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop to view available meeting documents prior to the meeting, or visit https:// www.regulations.gov to submit and view comments as provided for in ADDRESSES above. Documents presented at the meeting will be posted for review on the NOP Web site approximately 6 weeks following the meeting. Dated: October 9, 2007. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 07–5042 Filed 10–11–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2007–0128] Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Sweet Cherries From Australia Into the Continental United States and Hawaii Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States and Hawaii of sweet cherries from Australia. Based on that analysis, we believe that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of sweet cherries from Australia. We are making the pest risk analysis, as well as an environmental assessment we have prepared in connection with this action, available for review and comment. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58047 We will consider all comments we receive on or before December 11, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov, select ‘‘Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’’ from the agency drop-down menu, then click ‘‘Submit.’’ In the Docket ID column, select Docket No. APHIS–2007–0128 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the site’s ‘‘User Tips’’ link. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send four copies of your comment (an original and three copies) to Docket No. APHIS–2007–0128, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS–2007–0128. Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690–2817 before coming. Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at https://www.aphis.usda.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Donna L. West, Senior Import Specialist, Commodity Import Analysis and Operations, Plant Health Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 734– 8758. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the regulations in ‘‘Subpart—Fruits and Vegetables’’ (7 CFR 319.56 through 319.56–47, referred to below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits or restricts the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world to prevent plant pests from being introduced into and spread within the United States. Section 319.56–4 of the regulations contains a performance-based process DATES: E:\FR\FM\12OCN1.SGM 12OCN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 197 / Friday, October 12, 2007 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-TM-07-0118; TM-07-09]


Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as 
amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing a 
forthcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

DATES: The meeting dates are Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 8 a.m. to 
5:30 p.m.; Thursday, November 29, 2007, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and 
Friday, November 30, 2007, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Requests from 
individuals and organizations wishing to make oral presentations at the 
meeting are due by the close of business on November 12, 2007.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at The Holiday Inn National 
Airport Hotel, 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202.
     Requests for copies of the NOSB meeting agenda, may be 
sent to Ms. Valerie Frances, Executive Director, NOSB, USDA-AMS-TMP-
NOP, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 4008-So., Ag Stop 0268, 
Washington, DC 20250-0268. The NOSB meeting agenda and proposed 
recommendations may also be viewed at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop.
     Comments on proposed NOSB recommendations may be submitted 
in writing to Ms. Frances at either the postal address above or via the 
internet at https://www.regulations.gov only. The comments should 
identify Docket No. AMS-TM-07-0118. It is our intention to have all 
comments to this notice whether they are submitted by mail or the 
internet available for viewing on the https://www.regulations.gov Web 
site.
     Requests to make an oral presentation at the meeting may 
also be sent to Ms. Valerie Frances at the postal address above, by e-
mail at valerie.frances@usda.gov, via facsimile at (202) 205-7808, or 
phone at (202) 720-3252.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valerie Frances, Executive Director, 
NOSB, National Organic Program (NOP), (202) 720-3252, or visit the NOP 
Web site at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 2119 (7 U.S.C. 6518) of the Organic 
Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA), as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) 
requires the establishment of the NOSB. The purpose of the NOSB is to 
make recommendations about whether a substance should be allowed or 
prohibited in organic production or handling, to assist in the 
development of standards for substances to be used in organic 
production, and to advise the Secretary on other aspects of the 
implementation of the OFPA. The NOSB met for the first time in 
Washington, DC, in March 1992, and currently has six subcommittees 
working on various aspects of the organic program. The committees are: 
Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification; Crops; Handling; 
Livestock; Materials; and Policy Development.
    In August of 1994, the NOSB provided its initial recommendations 
for the NOP to the Secretary of Agriculture. Since that time, the NOSB 
has submitted 148 addenda to its recommendations and reviewed more than 
324 substances for inclusion on the National List of Allowed and 
Prohibited Substances. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) published 
its final National Organic Program regulation in the Federal Register 
on December 21, 2000, (65 FR 80548). The rule became effective April 
21, 2001.
    In addition, the OFPA authorizes the National List of Allowed and 
Prohibited Substances and provides that no allowed or prohibited 
substance would remain on the National List for a period exceeding 5 
years unless the exemption or prohibition is reviewed and recommended 
for renewal by the NOSB and adopted by the Secretary of Agriculture. 
This expiration is commonly referred to as sunset of the National List. 
The National List appears at 7 CFR part 205, subpart G.
    The principal purposes of the NOSB meeting are to provide an 
opportunity for the NOSB to receive an update from the USDA/NOP and 
hear progress reports from NOSB committees regarding work plan items 
and proposed action items. The last meeting of the NOSB was held on 
March 27-29, 2007, in Washington, DC.
    At its last meeting, the Board recommended the addition of 35 
materials to the National List 205.606 for use in handling and began 
the sunset review process of 11 materials. At this meeting, the Board 
will continue the sunset review process of these 11 materials. There 
are 7 substances for use in crops and handling which were placed on the 
National List on November 3, 2003, and are scheduled to expire on 
November 3, 2008. There are 4 substances for use in handling which were 
placed on the National List on November 4, 2003, and are scheduled to 
expire on November 4, 2008. The sunset review process must be concluded 
no later than November 3 and 4, 2008, respectively. If renewal is not 
concluded by those dates, the use or prohibition of these 11 materials 
will no longer be in compliance with the National Organic Program.
    The Policy Development Committee will present recommendations 
regarding revisions to the NOSB Policy and Procedures Manual and the 
Guide for new NOSB members as well as discuss their on-going 
collaboration with the NOP to review the NOP responses to prior NOSB 
recommendations. The Policy Development, Crops and Livestock Committees 
will jointly present their two recommendations: Guidance on the 
Certification of Operations Involved in Crops Research and Guidance on 
Temporary Research Variances.
    The Materials and Handling Committees will jointly present their 
recommendation to clarify the definitions of materials on the National 
List in Sec. Sec.  205.605(a), (b) and Sec.  205.606.
    The Handling Committee will present their recommendations on 
materials petitioned for consideration for inclusion on either Sec.  
205.605 or Sec.  205.606 for use in organic products: Gellan Gum and 
Grape Seed Extract. The Committee will present their

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recommendations on the continued use or prohibition of the material 
exemptions on Sec.  205.605(a) which is Agar-agar and due to expire on 
November 3, 2008, and Animal enzymes, Calcium sulfate, and Glucono 
delta-lactone, with their respective annotations and limitations, due 
to expire on November 4, 2008. The Committee will also present their 
recommendations on the continued use or prohibition of the material 
exemption on Sec.  205.605(b) which is Cellulose with its respective 
annotations and limitations, due to expire on November 4, 2008. 
Additionally, the Committee will present their recommendation on the 
development of standards for organic pet food.
    The Crops Committee will present recommendations on the materials 
Potassium Silicate, Sodium Carbonate Peroxyhydrate, and Sodium Ferric 
Hydroxy EDTA petitioned for use on Sec.  205.601. The Committee will 
present their recommendations on the continued use or prohibition of 
Copper sulfate, Ozone gas, Peracetic acid, and Environmental Protection 
Agency (EPA) List 3--Inerts of unknown toxicity, with their respective 
annotations and limitations. These National List material exemptions 
are due to expire on November 3, 2008, from Sec.  205.601. The 
Committee will also present their recommendation on the continued use 
or prohibition of Calcium chloride for use as a brine-sourced foliar 
spray. Calcium chloride is otherwise considered a prohibited natural 
substance on Sec.  205.602 and is also due to expire on November 3, 
2008.
    The Livestock Committee will receive the Aquaculture Working Group: 
Supplement to Interim Final Report on Bivalve molluscs as well as 
discuss the outstanding issues related to fish feed and open net pens 
in regards to the aquaculture standards for finfish.
    The Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification Committee will 
present their recommendation on the standardization of certificates, 
and their recommendations offering guidance for accredited certifying 
agents regarding annual commercial availability determinations for 
ingredients listed on Sec.  205.606 and organic seed sourcing by 
farmers under Sec.  205.204, and on the certification of multi-site 
operations, including community grower groups.
    The Meeting is Open to the Public. The NOSB has scheduled time for 
public input for Wednesday, November 28, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
and from 1:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 29, 2007, from 3:30 
p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, November 30, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 10:45 
a.m. Individuals and organizations wishing to make oral presentations 
at the meeting may forward their requests by mail, facsimile, e-mail, 
or phone to Valerie Frances as listed in ADDRESSES above. Individuals 
or organizations will be given approximately 5 minutes to present their 
views. All persons making oral presentations are requested to provide 
their comments in writing. Written submissions may contain information 
other than that presented at the oral presentation. Anyone may submit 
written comments at the meeting. Persons submitting written comments 
are asked to provide 30 copies.
    Interested persons may visit the NOSB portion of the NOP Web site 
at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop to view available meeting documents 
prior to the meeting, or visit https://www.regulations.gov to submit and 
view comments as provided for in ADDRESSES above. Documents presented 
at the meeting will be posted for review on the NOP Web site 
approximately 6 weeks following the meeting.

    Dated: October 9, 2007.
Lloyd C. Day,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 07-5042 Filed 10-11-07; 8:45 am]
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