Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures, 61847-61848 [2014-24531]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 199 / Wednesday, October 15, 2014 / Notices Estimated annual number of respondents: 5. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1. Estimated annual number of responses: 5. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 5 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 8th day of October 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–24530 Filed 10–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2014–0080] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and 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 a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for protection of endangered species of terrestrial plants and for procedures related to the forfeiture of plants or other property. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 15, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0080. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2014–0080, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Oct 14, 2014 Jkt 235001 Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0080 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 regulations to protect endangered species of terrestrial plants and forfeiture procedures, contact Dr. John Veremis, National CITES Director, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 52, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2347. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2727. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures. OMB Control Number: 0579–0076. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for enforcing provisions of the Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that pertain to the importation, exportation, or reexportation of plants. As part of this mission, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) administers the regulations in 7 CFR part 355, ‘‘Endangered Species Regulations Concerning Terrestrial Plants.’’ In accordance with these regulations, any individual, nursery, or other entity wishing to engage in the business of importing, exporting, or reexporting terrestrial plants listed in the CITES regulations at 50 CFR 17.12 or 23.23 must obtain a protected plant permit from APHIS. Such entities include importers, exporters, or reexporters who sell, barter, collect, or otherwise exchange or acquire terrestrial plants as a livelihood or enterprise engaged in for gain or profit. The requirement does not apply to persons engaged in business merely as carriers or customhouse brokers. To obtain a protected plant permit, entities must complete an application (Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61847 Form 621) and submit it to APHIS for approval. When a permit has been issued, the plants covered by the permit may be imported into the United States, exported, or reexported, provided they are accompanied by documentation required by the regulations and all other conditions of the regulations are met. Effectively regulating entities who are engaged in the business of importing, exporting, or reexporting endangered species of terrestrial plants requires the use of this application process, as well as the use of other information collection activities including, but not limited to, notifying APHIS of the impending importation, exportation, or reexportation of the plants; marking containers used for the importation, exportation, or reexportation of the plants; and creating and maintaining records of importation, exportation, and reexportation. APHIS also administers regulations at 7 CFR part 356, ‘‘Forfeiture Procedures,’’ which sets out procedures for the forfeiture of plants or other property by entities found to be in violation of the Endangered Species Act or the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.). Entities whose property is subject to forfeiture may file with APHIS a waiver of forfeiture procedures, a petition for remission or mitigation of forfeiture, or a request for release of property. The information provided by these information collection activities is critical to APHIS’ ability to carry out its responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act. These responsibilities include monitoring importation, exportation, and reexportation activities involving endangered species of plants, as well as the investigation of possible violations and the forfeiture of plants or other property. However, since the last approval of this collection, APHIS no longer requires completion of PPQ Form 625 (Claim and Bond) due to implementation of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve these information collection activities, as described, 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; E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1 61848 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 199 / Wednesday, October 15, 2014 / Notices (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 0.0929 hours per response. Respondents: U.S. importers and exporters of endangered species of terrestrial plants. Estimated annual number of respondents: 16,578. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 4.901. Estimated annual number of responses: 81,264. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 7,552 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 8th day of October 2014. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2014–24531 Filed 10–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Farm Service Agency Commodity Credit Corporation Information Collection; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Farm Service Agency, Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency and the Commodity Credit Corporation are requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a revision of a currently approved information collection in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The information tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Oct 14, 2014 Jkt 235001 collected is needed from producers to determine eligibility for NAP assistance. DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by December 15, 2014. ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. In your comments, include date, OMB control number, volume, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to/ www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Daniel McGlynn, Acting Division Director, Production, Emergencies, and Compliance Division, Farm Service Agency, USDA, Mail Stop 0517, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250–0517. You may also send comments to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC, 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Terry Hill, Section Head, Disaster Assistance Section, Program Policy Branch, (202) 720–3087. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Description of Information Collection Title: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. OMB Control Number: 0560–0175. Type of Request: Revision. Abstract: NAP is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 7333 and implemented under regulations issued at 7 CFR part 1437. NAP is administered by FSA for CCC and is carried out by FSA State and County committees. The information collected allows FSA to provide assistance under NAP for losses of commercial crops or other agricultural commodities (except livestock) that are produced for food or fiber and for which catastrophic coverage under section 508(b), or additional NAP coverage under sections 508(c) and 508(h) under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1508) is not available. NAP coverage is available for crops expressly grown for food (excluding livestock and their by-products); crops planted and grown for livestock consumption; crops grown for fiber (excluding trees grown for wood, paper, or pulp products); aquaculture species crops (including ornamental fish); floriculture; ornamental nursery; Christmas tree crops; turf grass sod; industrial crops; seed crops; and sea grass and sea oats. The information collected is necessary to determine whether a producer and crop or commodity meet applicable conditions for assistance and to determine compliance with existing regulations. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Eligible producers must annually: (1) Request NAP coverage by completing an application for coverage and paying a service fee by the FSAestablished application closing date; (2) File a report of acreage, inventory, or physical location of the operation, as applicable for the covered crop or commodity; and (3) Certify harvested production of each covered crop or commodity. When damage to a covered crop or commodity occurs, which is eligible for NAP, producers must file a notice of loss with the local FSA administrative county office within 15 calendar days of occurrence or 15 calendar days of the date damage to the crop or commodity becomes apparent. Producers must also file an application for payment by the FSA established deadline, and complete a certification of average adjusted gross income and consent for disclosure of tax information with the local FSA County office. The NAP application is also being used to provide a timelier, more accurate, and more reliable delivery of benefits to producers. FSA is revising a currently approved information collection because the number of producers is expected to increase due to changes to NAP by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) and additional changes that are under development and will be published in a separate rulemaking. The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes additional NAP coverage (NAP buy-up coverage) levels ranging from 50 to 65 percent of production at 100 percent of the average market price, and expands NAP coverage to sweet sorghum, biomass sorghum, and industrial crops grown as feedstock for renewable biofuel, renewable electricity, and biobased products. It also expands a waiver of the NAP service fee which was previously available only to limited resource farmers to also include beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Based on these changes, FSA is expecting an increase in the annual total number of respondents, and an increase in total burden hours for collection of the information. The formulas used to calculate the total burden hours is estimated average time per response (includes travel times) hours times total annual responses. Type of respondents: Producers of commercial crops or other agricultural commodities (except livestock). Estimated Annual Burden: Public reporting burden for this information collection is estimated to average 1.33 hours per response. The average travel time, which is included in the total E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2014-0080]


Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture 
Procedures

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revision to and 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 a revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection associated with the regulations for protection 
of endangered species of terrestrial plants and for procedures related 
to the forfeiture of plants or other property.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
December 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0080.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2014-0080, 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-
0080 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 regulations to 
protect endangered species of terrestrial plants and forfeiture 
procedures, contact Dr. John Veremis, National CITES Director, PHP, 
PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 52, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-
2347. For copies of more detailed information on the information 
collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection 
Coordinator, at (301) 851-2727.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Endangered Species Regulations and Forfeiture Procedures.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0076.
    Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is 
responsible for enforcing provisions of the Act and the Convention on 
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora 
(CITES) that pertain to the importation, exportation, or reexportation 
of plants.
    As part of this mission, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Services (APHIS) administers the regulations in 7 CFR part 355, 
``Endangered Species Regulations Concerning Terrestrial Plants.'' In 
accordance with these regulations, any individual, nursery, or other 
entity wishing to engage in the business of importing, exporting, or 
reexporting terrestrial plants listed in the CITES regulations at 50 
CFR 17.12 or 23.23 must obtain a protected plant permit from APHIS. 
Such entities include importers, exporters, or reexporters who sell, 
barter, collect, or otherwise exchange or acquire terrestrial plants as 
a livelihood or enterprise engaged in for gain or profit. The 
requirement does not apply to persons engaged in business merely as 
carriers or customhouse brokers.
    To obtain a protected plant permit, entities must complete an 
application (Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Form 621) and submit 
it to APHIS for approval. When a permit has been issued, the plants 
covered by the permit may be imported into the United States, exported, 
or reexported, provided they are accompanied by documentation required 
by the regulations and all other conditions of the regulations are met.
    Effectively regulating entities who are engaged in the business of 
importing, exporting, or reexporting endangered species of terrestrial 
plants requires the use of this application process, as well as the use 
of other information collection activities including, but not limited 
to, notifying APHIS of the impending importation, exportation, or 
reexportation of the plants; marking containers used for the 
importation, exportation, or reexportation of the plants; and creating 
and maintaining records of importation, exportation, and reexportation.
    APHIS also administers regulations at 7 CFR part 356, ``Forfeiture 
Procedures,'' which sets out procedures for the forfeiture of plants or 
other property by entities found to be in violation of the Endangered 
Species Act or the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3371 et 
seq.). Entities whose property is subject to forfeiture may file with 
APHIS a waiver of forfeiture procedures, a petition for remission or 
mitigation of forfeiture, or a request for release of property.
    The information provided by these information collection activities 
is critical to APHIS' ability to carry out its responsibilities under 
the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act. These responsibilities 
include monitoring importation, exportation, and reexportation 
activities involving endangered species of plants, as well as the 
investigation of possible violations and the forfeiture of plants or 
other property. However, since the last approval of this collection, 
APHIS no longer requires completion of PPQ Form 625 (Claim and Bond) 
due to implementation of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
these information collection activities, as described, 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;

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    (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 0.0929 hours per response.
    Respondents: U.S. importers and exporters of endangered species of 
terrestrial plants.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 16,578.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 4.901.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 81,264.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 7,552 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 8th day of October 2014.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-24531 Filed 10-14-14; 8:45 am]
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