Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Trichinae Certification Program, 56049-56050 [2014-22256]

Download as PDF 56049 Notices Federal Register Vol. 79, No. 181 Thursday, September 18, 2014 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–2014–0068] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Trichinae Certification Program 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 the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program to enhance the ability of U.S. pork producers to export pork and pork products to overseas markets. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 17, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0068. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2014–0068, 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-2014-0068 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 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Sep 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the Trichinae Certification Program, contact Dr. Troy Bigelow, Senior Staff VeterinarianSwine, Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Services, VS, APHIS, 210 Walnut Street, Room 891, Des Moines, IA 50309; (515) 284–4121. 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: Trichinae Certification Program. OMB Control Number: 0579–0323. 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) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement of animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into and dissemination within the United States of livestock diseases and pests and to conduct programs to detect, control, and eradicate pests and diseases of livestock. In addition, under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1622), the APHIS Administrator has authority with respect to voluntary inspection and certification of animal products and the inspection, testing, treatment, and certification of animals. APHIS regulations in 9 CFR part 149 contain certification requirements for the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program, which is a cooperative effort by APHIS and the U.S. pork industry. The program is intended to enhance the ability of swine producers, as well as slaughter facilities and other persons that handle or process swine from pork production sites that have been certified under the program, to export fresh pork and pork products to foreign markets. There are a number of information collection activities for the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program, including notification to APHIS of program withdrawal, requests to APHIS for temporary program withdrawal, requests for review of audit results or other determinations, certification site audit form and requests for certification PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 site audit, spot audits, animal disposal plans, animal movement records, rodent control logbook, feed mill quality assurance affidavits, slaughter test results, and recordkeeping. Since the last approval of this collection, the estimated total annual burden on respondents has decreased from 7,492 hours to 2,118 hours, and the estimated annual number of responses has decreased from 14,189 to 3,793. These changes are due to several reasons. We discovered that we did not accurately estimate the number of herds that would be registered for the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program. Our estimates were created at the beginning of the program when it was assumed that the program would continue and grow; however, changes in trade practices have decreased participation in the program. In addition, we adjusted the hours per response for several of the information collection activities to more accurately reflect the time required to complete them. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities 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 0.56 hours per response. Respondents: Auditors (accredited veterinarians or State animal health E:\FR\FM\18SEN1.SGM 18SEN1 56050 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 181 / Thursday, September 18, 2014 / Notices officials), pork producers, mill managers, slaughter facility personnel, and personnel from approved laboratories. Estimated annual number of respondents: 1,250. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 3.03. Estimated annual number of responses: 3,793. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 2,118 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 12th day of September 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–22256 Filed 9–17–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2014–0078] Field Release of Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis for the Biological Control of Asian Citrus Psyllid in the Contiguous United States; Availability of an Environmental Assessment Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comments. AGENCY: We are advising the public that a draft environmental assessment has been prepared by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service relative to the proposed release of Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis for the biological control of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, in the contiguous United States. We are making this environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment. SUMMARY: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before October 20, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0078. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Sep 17, 2014 Jkt 232001 APHIS–2014–0078, 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-2014-0078 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: Dr. ´ Shirley A Wager-Page, Assistant Director, Pest Permitting Branch, Registration, Identification, Permitting, and Plant Safeguarding, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737–1236; (301) 851–2323. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri; ACP), can cause economic damage to citrus in groves and nurseries by direct feeding. Both adults and nymphs feed on young foliage, depleting the sap and causing galling or curling of leaves. High populations feeding on a citrus shoot can kill the growing tip. ACP’s primary threat to citrus, however, is not as a direct plant pest, but as an efficient vector of the bacterial pathogen that causes citrus greening. Also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), citrus greening is considered to be one of the most serious citrus diseases in the world. HLB is a bacterial disease, caused by strains of the bacterial pathogen ‘‘Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus,’’ that attacks the vascular system of host plants. The pathogen is phloem-limited, inhabiting the foodconducting tissue of the host plant, and causes yellow shoots, blotchy mottling and chlorosis, reduced foliage, and tip dieback of citrus plants. HLB greatly reduces production, destroys the economic value of the fruit, and can kill trees. Once infected, there is no cure for a tree with HLB. In areas of the world where the disease is endemic, citrus trees decline and die within a few years and may never produce usable fruit. ACP is currently present in Alabama, American Samoa, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and portions of Arizona, California, and South Carolina. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to issue permits for the field release of a parasitic wasp, PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis, to reduce the severity of infestations of ACP in the United States and retard the spread of HLB. APHIS’ review and analysis of the potential environmental impacts associated with this proposed release are documented in detail in an environmental assessment entitled ‘‘Field Release of Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis for the Biological Control of the Asian Citrus Psyllid in the Contiguous United States’’ (June 2014). We are making this environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before the date listed under the heading DATES at the beginning of this notice. The environmental assessment may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for a link to Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may request paper copies of the environmental assessment by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the title of the environmental assessment when requesting copies. The environmental assessment has been prepared in accordance with: (1) The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b); and (4) APHIS’ NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372). Done in Washington, DC, this 12th day of September 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 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statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 181 / Thursday, September 18, 2014 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2014-0068]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Trichinae Certification Program

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

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

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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 the voluntary Trichinae Certification 
Program to enhance the ability of U.S. pork producers to export pork 
and pork products to overseas markets.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
November 17, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0068.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2014-0068, 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-
0068 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 the Trichinae 
Certification Program, contact Dr. Troy Bigelow, Senior Staff 
Veterinarian-Swine, Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Services, 
VS, APHIS, 210 Walnut Street, Room 891, Des Moines, IA 50309; (515) 
284-4121. 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: Trichinae Certification Program.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0323.
    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) of the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to 
prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement of animals 
and animal products to prevent the introduction into and dissemination 
within the United States of livestock diseases and pests and to conduct 
programs to detect, control, and eradicate pests and diseases of 
livestock. In addition, under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 
U.S.C. 1622), the APHIS Administrator has authority with respect to 
voluntary inspection and certification of animal products and the 
inspection, testing, treatment, and certification of animals.
    APHIS regulations in 9 CFR part 149 contain certification 
requirements for the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program, which 
is a cooperative effort by APHIS and the U.S. pork industry. The 
program is intended to enhance the ability of swine producers, as well 
as slaughter facilities and other persons that handle or process swine 
from pork production sites that have been certified under the program, 
to export fresh pork and pork products to foreign markets.
    There are a number of information collection activities for the 
voluntary Trichinae Certification Program, including notification to 
APHIS of program withdrawal, requests to APHIS for temporary program 
withdrawal, requests for review of audit results or other 
determinations, certification site audit form and requests for 
certification site audit, spot audits, animal disposal plans, animal 
movement records, rodent control logbook, feed mill quality assurance 
affidavits, slaughter test results, and recordkeeping.
    Since the last approval of this collection, the estimated total 
annual burden on respondents has decreased from 7,492 hours to 2,118 
hours, and the estimated annual number of responses has decreased from 
14,189 to 3,793. These changes are due to several reasons. We 
discovered that we did not accurately estimate the number of herds that 
would be registered for the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program. 
Our estimates were created at the beginning of the program when it was 
assumed that the program would continue and grow; however, changes in 
trade practices have decreased participation in the program. In 
addition, we adjusted the hours per response for several of the 
information collection activities to more accurately reflect the time 
required to complete them.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities 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 0.56 hours per response.
    Respondents: Auditors (accredited veterinarians or State animal 
health

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officials), pork producers, mill managers, slaughter facility 
personnel, and personnel from approved laboratories.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 1,250.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 3.03.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 3,793.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 2,118 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 12th day of September 2014.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-22256 Filed 9-17-14; 8:45 am]
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