Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises, 34635 [2013-13682]

Download as PDF 34635 Notices Federal Register Vol. 78, No. 111 Monday, June 10, 2013 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 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2013–0028] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the interstate movement of certain land tortoises. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 9, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!document Detail;D=APHIS-2013-0028-0001. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2013–0028, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0028 or in our reading room, which 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 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:56 Jun 07, 2013 Jkt 229001 help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on regulations for the interstate movement of certain land tortoises, contact Dr. Christa Speekmann, Import/Export SpecialistAquatic Animals, National Center for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 39, Riverdale MD 20737; (301) 851–3365. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2908. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises. OMB Number: 0579–0156. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation and interstate movement of certain animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into or dissemination within the United States of pests and diseases of livestock. The regulations in 9 CFR part 93 prohibit the importation of the leopard tortoise, the African spurred tortoise, and the Bell’s hingeback tortoise to prevent the introduction and spread of exotic ticks known to be vectors of heartwater disease, an acute, infectious disease of cattle and other ruminants. The regulations in 9 CFR part 74 prohibit the interstate movement of those tortoises that are already in the United States unless the tortoises are accompanied by a health certificate or certificate of veterinary inspection. The certificate must be signed by an APHIS accredited veterinarian and must state that the tortoises have been examined by that veterinarian and found free of ticks. Since the last extension of approval for these information collection activities, APHIS has refined the number of responses collected, resulting in a decrease of the estimated annual number of responses from 500 to 250. The number of responses fell because of more accurate estimates by APHIS of the actual number of health certificates requested and prepared. As a result, the estimated total annual burden hours has PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 decreased from 1,000 hours to 500 hours. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of this information collection activity for an additional 3 years. The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us: (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 2.0 hours per response. Respondents: APHIS accredited veterinarians, U.S. tortoise breeders, members of tortoise adoption organizations. Estimated annual number of respondents: 50. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 5. Estimated annual number of responses: 250. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 500 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.) All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Done in Washington, DC, this 5th day of June 2013. Kevin Shea, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2013–13682 Filed 6–7–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P E:\FR\FM\10JNN1.SGM 10JNN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 111 (Monday, June 10, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Page 34635]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-13682]


========================================================================
Notices
                                                Federal Register
________________________________________________________________________

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.

========================================================================


Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 111 / Monday, June 10, 2013 / 
Notices

[[Page 34635]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2013-0028]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 
request.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with regulations for the interstate movement of 
certain land tortoises.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
August 9, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0028-0001.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2013-0028, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
1238.
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-
0028 or in our reading room, which 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) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on regulations for the 
interstate movement of certain land tortoises, contact Dr. Christa 
Speekmann, Import/Export Specialist-Aquatic Animals, National Center 
for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 39, Riverdale 
MD 20737; (301) 851-3365. For copies of more detailed information on 
the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' 
Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises.
    OMB Number: 0579-0156.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et 
seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates 
the importation and interstate movement of certain animals and animal 
products to prevent the introduction into or dissemination within the 
United States of pests and diseases of livestock.
    The regulations in 9 CFR part 93 prohibit the importation of the 
leopard tortoise, the African spurred tortoise, and the Bell's 
hingeback tortoise to prevent the introduction and spread of exotic 
ticks known to be vectors of heartwater disease, an acute, infectious 
disease of cattle and other ruminants. The regulations in 9 CFR part 74 
prohibit the interstate movement of those tortoises that are already in 
the United States unless the tortoises are accompanied by a health 
certificate or certificate of veterinary inspection. The certificate 
must be signed by an APHIS accredited veterinarian and must state that 
the tortoises have been examined by that veterinarian and found free of 
ticks.
    Since the last extension of approval for these information 
collection activities, APHIS has refined the number of responses 
collected, resulting in a decrease of the estimated annual number of 
responses from 500 to 250. The number of responses fell because of more 
accurate estimates by APHIS of the actual number of health certificates 
requested and prepared. As a result, the estimated total annual burden 
hours has decreased from 1,000 hours to 500 hours.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of this information collection activity for an additional 3 
years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
collection of information, including the validity of the methodology 
and assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 2.0 hours per response.
    Respondents: APHIS accredited veterinarians, U.S. tortoise 
breeders, members of tortoise adoption organizations.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 50.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 5.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 250.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 500 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
response.)
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 5th day of June 2013.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-13682 Filed 6-7-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-34-P