Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for Interstate Movement of Fresh Achachairú Fruit From Puerto Rico, 33715-33716 [2014-13781]

Download as PDF rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 113 / Thursday, June 12, 2014 / Notices AHS into the United States. Equids from countries where AHS exists are eligible for importation into the United States only after undergoing a 60-day quarantine. The regulations in 9 CFR part 92, § 92.2, contain requirements for requesting the recognition of the animal health status of a region or for the approval of the export of a particular type of animal or animal product to the United States from a foreign region. If, after review and evaluation of the information submitted in support of the request the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) believes the request can be safely granted, APHIS will make its evaluation available for public comment through a notice published in the Federal Register. Following the close of the comment period, APHIS will review all comments received and will make a final determination regarding the request that will be detailed in another notice published in the Federal Register. In March 2009, the Government of Saudi Arabia submitted documentation to APHIS seeking recognition of the entire country of Saudi Arabia as a region free of AHS. In response to Saudi Arabia’s request, APHIS evaluated the risk of introducing AHS into the United States via the importation of equids from Saudi Arabia in accordance with 9 CFR part 92. Based on this evaluation, APHIS concluded that AHS is not known to be present in Saudi Arabia and that the surveillance, prevention, and control measures implemented by Saudi Arabia are sufficient to minimize the likelihood of introducing AHS into the United States via imports of equids. Therefore, in accordance with § 92.2(e), we are announcing the availability of our evaluation of the AHS status of Saudi Arabia for public review and comment. The evaluation may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our reading room. (Instructions for accessing Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room are provided under the heading ADDRESSES at the beginning of this notice.) The evaluation, as well as the information evaluated, may also be viewed at https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/ db/mtaddr.nsf/WebView?OpenView. After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding the disease status of Saudi Arabia with respect to AHS and the import status of susceptible animals in a subsequent notice. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622 and 8301–8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.4. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:18 Jun 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of June 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–13786 Filed 6–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2014–0029] Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for Interstate Movement of ´ Fresh Achachairu Fruit From Puerto Rico Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk analysis (PRA) that evaluates the risks associated with the interstate movement into the continental United States of ´ fresh achachairu fruit from Puerto Rico. 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 interstate ´ movement of achachairu from Puerto Rico. We are making the PRA available to the public for review and comment. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 11, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0029. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2014–0029, 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-2014-0029 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: Mr. David Lamb, Senior Regulatory Policy SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33715 Specialist, Regulatory Coordination and Compliance, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1231; (301) 851–2103. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under the regulations in ‘‘Subpart— Regulated Articles From Hawaii and the Territories’’ (7 CFR 318.13–1 through 318.13–26, referred to below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits or restricts the interstate movement of fruits and vegetables into the United States from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to prevent plant pests and noxious weeds from being introduced into and spread within the continental United States. (The continental United States is defined in § 318.13–2 of the regulations as the 48 contiguous States, Alaska, and the District of Columbia.) Section 318.13–4 contains a performance-based process for approving the interstate movement of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, can be safely imported subject to one or more of the designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that section. These measures are: • The fruits and vegetables are inspected in the State of origin or in the first State of arrival; • The fruits and vegetables originated from a pest-free area in the State of origin and the grower from which the fruit or vegetable originated has entered into a compliance agreement with the Administrator; • The fruits and vegetables are treated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 and the treatment is certified by an inspector; • The fruits and vegetables are inspected and certified in the State of origin by an inspector and have been found free of one or more specific quarantine pests identified by risk analysis as likely to follow the pathway; • The fruits and vegetables are moved as commercial consignments only; and/ or • The fruits and vegetables may be distributed only within a defined area and the boxes or containers in which the fruits or vegetables are distributed must be marked to indicate the applicable distribution restrictions. APHIS received a request from a grower and research scientist with the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture, with support from the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1 33716 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 113 / Thursday, June 12, 2014 / Notices Puerto Rico State Plant Health Director’s office, to allow the interstate movement ´ of fresh achachairu fruit from Puerto Rico to the continental United States. We have completed a pest risk assessment (PRA) to identify pests of quarantine significance that could follow the pathway of interstate movement into the continental United States and, based on that PRA, have prepared a risk management document (RMD) to identify phytosanitary measures that could be applied to the commodity to mitigate the pest risk. We ´ have concluded that fresh achachairu fruit can be safely moved from Puerto Rico to the continental United States using one or more of the six designated phytosanitary measures listed in § 318.13–4(b). Therefore, in accordance with § 318.13–4(c), we are announcing the availability of our PRA and RMD for public review and comment. The documents may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for instructions for accessing Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may request paper copies of the PRA and RMD by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the subject of the documents when requesting copies. After reviewing the comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding the interstate movement of ´ fresh achachairu fruit from Puerto Rico to the continental United States in a subsequent notice. If the overall conclusions of the analysis and the Administrator’s determination of risk remain unchanged following our consideration of the comments, then we will begin allowing the interstate ´ movement of fresh achachairu fruit from Puerto Rico to the continental United States subject to the requirements specified in the RMD. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701–7772 and 7781– 7786; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of June 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–13781 Filed 6–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2014–0008] Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Figs From Mexico Into the Continental United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest list and risk management document regarding the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States of fresh figs from Mexico. Based on these documents, we have concluded 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 fresh figs from Mexico. We are making the documents available to the public for review and comment. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 11, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0008. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2014–0008, 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-2014-0008 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: Mr. Marc Phillips, Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1231; (301) 851–2114. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Under the regulations in ‘‘Subpart— Fruits and Vegetables’’ (7 CFR 319.56– VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:18 Jun 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 through 319.56–68, referred to below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) 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 or disseminated within the United States. Section 319.56–4 contains a performance-based process for approving the importation of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, can be safely imported subject to one or more of the designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that section. APHIS received a request from the Government of Mexico to allow the importation of fresh figs (Ficus carica) into the continental United States. We have completed a pest list for this commodity to identify pests of quarantine significance that could follow the pathway of importation into the continental United States and, based on this list, have prepared a risk management document to identify phytosanitary measures that could be applied to fresh figs from Mexico to mitigate the pest risk. We have concluded that fresh figs can be safely imported into the continental United States from Mexico using one or more of the five designated phytosanitary measures listed in § 319.56–4(b). These measures are: • The figs may be imported into the continental United States in commercial consignments only. • The figs must be irradiated in accordance with 7 CFR part 305 with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy. • If the irradiation treatment is applied outside the United States, each consignment of fruit must be jointly inspected by APHIS and the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Mexico and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate (PC) attesting that the fruit received the required irradiation treatment. The PC must also include an additional declaration stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Nipaecoccus viridis. • If the irradiation treatment is applied upon arrival in the United States, each consignment of fruit must be inspected by the NPPO of Mexico prior to departure and accompanied by a PC attesting that the fruit was inspected and found free of Maconellicoccus hirsutus and Nipaecoccus viridis. • The commodity is subject to inspection at the U.S. port of entry. Therefore, we are announcing the availability of our pest list and risk E:\FR\FM\12JNN1.SGM 12JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2014-0029]


Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for Interstate 
Movement of Fresh Achachair[uacute] Fruit From Puerto Rico

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a pest risk 
analysis (PRA) that evaluates the risks associated with the interstate 
movement into the continental United States of fresh achachair[uacute] 
fruit from Puerto Rico. 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 interstate movement of achachair[uacute] 
from Puerto Rico. We are making the PRA available to the public for 
review and comment.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
August 11, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0029.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2014-0029, 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-2014-
0029 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: Mr. David Lamb, Senior Regulatory 
Policy Specialist, Regulatory Coordination and Compliance, PPQ, APHIS, 
4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2103.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Under the regulations in ``Subpart--Regulated Articles From Hawaii 
and the Territories'' (7 CFR 318.13-1 through 318.13-26, referred to 
below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits 
or restricts the interstate movement of fruits and vegetables into the 
United States from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 
and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to prevent plant 
pests and noxious weeds from being introduced into and spread within 
the continental United States. (The continental United States is 
defined in Sec.  318.13-2 of the regulations as the 48 contiguous 
States, Alaska, and the District of Columbia.)
    Section 318.13-4 contains a performance-based process for approving 
the interstate movement of commodities that, based on the findings of a 
pest risk analysis, can be safely imported subject to one or more of 
the designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that 
section. These measures are:
     The fruits and vegetables are inspected in the State of 
origin or in the first State of arrival;
     The fruits and vegetables originated from a pest-free area 
in the State of origin and the grower from which the fruit or vegetable 
originated has entered into a compliance agreement with the 
Administrator;
     The fruits and vegetables are treated in accordance with 7 
CFR part 305 and the treatment is certified by an inspector;
     The fruits and vegetables are inspected and certified in 
the State of origin by an inspector and have been found free of one or 
more specific quarantine pests identified by risk analysis as likely to 
follow the pathway;
     The fruits and vegetables are moved as commercial 
consignments only; and/or
     The fruits and vegetables may be distributed only within a 
defined area and the boxes or containers in which the fruits or 
vegetables are distributed must be marked to indicate the applicable 
distribution restrictions.
    APHIS received a request from a grower and research scientist with 
the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture, with support from the USDA 
Agricultural Research Service and the

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Puerto Rico State Plant Health Director's office, to allow the 
interstate movement of fresh achachair[uacute] fruit from Puerto Rico 
to the continental United States. We have completed a pest risk 
assessment (PRA) to identify pests of quarantine significance that 
could follow the pathway of interstate movement into the continental 
United States and, based on that PRA, have prepared a risk management 
document (RMD) to identify phytosanitary measures that could be applied 
to the commodity to mitigate the pest risk. We have concluded that 
fresh achachair[uacute] fruit can be safely moved from Puerto Rico to 
the continental United States using one or more of the six designated 
phytosanitary measures listed in Sec.  318.13-4(b).
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  318.13-4(c), we are announcing 
the availability of our PRA and RMD for public review and comment. The 
documents may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our 
reading room (see ADDRESSES above for instructions for accessing 
Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the 
reading room). You may request paper copies of the PRA and RMD by 
calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT. Please refer to the subject of the documents when requesting 
copies.
    After reviewing the comments we receive, we will announce our 
decision regarding the interstate movement of fresh achachair[uacute] 
fruit from Puerto Rico to the continental United States in a subsequent 
notice. If the overall conclusions of the analysis and the 
Administrator's determination of risk remain unchanged following our 
consideration of the comments, then we will begin allowing the 
interstate movement of fresh achachair[uacute] fruit from Puerto Rico 
to the continental United States subject to the requirements specified 
in the RMD.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701-7772 and 7781-7786; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, 
and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of June 2014.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-13781 Filed 6-11-14; 8:45 am]
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