Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Emerald Ash Borer Host Material From Canada, 5526-5527 [2017-01016]

Download as PDF 5526 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES and laboratory analyses indicates that ASR368 bentgrass is not likely to be a plant pest and therefore should not be a regulated article under APHIS’ regulations in 7 CFR part 340. In a notice 1 published in the Federal Register on January 8, 2016 (81 FR 902– 903, Docket No. APHIS–2015–0096), APHIS announced the availability of the Scotts/Monsanto petition for public comment. APHIS solicited comments on the petition for 60 days ending on March 8, 2016. The notice also announced that APHIS would prepare either an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., NEPA) to provide the Agency with a review and analysis of any potential environmental impacts associated with the petition request. Following review of public comments, we published another notice 2 in the Federal Register on August 3, 2016 (81 FR 51174–51176, Docket No. APHIS–2015–0096), advising the public of our intent to prepare an EIS for the potential determination of nonregulated status requested by the petition. APHIS decided to prepare an EIS in order to perform a comprehensive environmental analysis of the potential environmental impacts that may occur as a result of granting determinations of nonregulated status for this event. National Environmental Policy Act and Record of Decision To provide the public with documentation of APHIS’ review and analysis of the potential environmental impacts associated with a determination of nonregulated status of ASR368 bentgrass, an EIS has been prepared in accordance with: (1) 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). A notice of availability regarding the draft EIS prepared by APHIS was published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016 (81 FR 1 To view the notice, the petition, the comments we received, and other supporting documents, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= APHIS-2015-0096. 2 To view the draft EIS, final EIS, supporting documents, and the comments we received, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= APHIS-2015-0096. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jan 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 67348–67349, Docket No. ER–FRL– 9029–3). Along with the draft EIS, APHIS also made available the plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) for the petition. APHIS reviewed and evaluated all of the public comments received on the draft EIS and prepared formal responses to them as part of the final EIS. A notice of availability regarding the final EIS prepared by APHIS was published by EPA in the Federal Register on December 9, 2016 (81 FR 89095–89096, Docket No. ER–FRL– 9030–6). The NEPA implementing regulations in 40 CFR 1506.10 require a minimum 30-day review period between the time the notice of availability of a final EIS is published and the time an agency makes a decision on an action covered by the EIS. APHIS has reviewed and evaluated the comments received during the 30day review period and has concluded that it has fully and appropriately analyzed the relevant environmental issues covered by the final EIS and those comments. Based on our final EIS, the response to public comments, and other pertinent scientific data, APHIS has prepared a record of decision for the final EIS. Determination of Nonregulated Status Based on APHIS’ analysis of field and laboratory data submitted by Scotts/ Monsanto, references provided in the petitions, peer-reviewed publications, information analyzed in the EIS, the PPRA, comments provided by the public, and APHIS’ evaluation of and response to those comments, APHIS has determined that is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk. Accordingly, the petition requesting a determination of nonregulated status is approved and ASR368 bentgrass is no longer subject to our regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms and to the plant pest provisions of the Plant Protection Act. Copies of the signed determination document and the signed record of decision, as well as copies of the final EIS and the PPRA are available as indicated in the ADDRESSES and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT sections of this notice. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701–7772 and 7781– 7786; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Done in Washington, DC, this 12th day of January 2017. Michael C. Gregoire, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2017–01077 Filed 1–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2016–0107] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Emerald Ash Borer Host Material From Canada 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 regulations for the importation of emerald ash borer host material from Canada to prevent the introduction and spread of emerald ash borer in the United States. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 20, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2016-0107. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2016–0107, 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-2016-0107 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. SUMMARY: For information on the regulations for the importation of emerald ash borer host FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\18JAN1.SGM 18JAN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 11 / Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / Notices material from Canada, contact Dr. Robert Baca, Assistant Director, Permitting and Compliance Coordination, Compliance and Environmental Coordination Branch, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 150, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2292. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2483. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Importation of Emerald Ash Borer Host Material from Canada. OMB Control Number: 0579–0319. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States or their dissemination within the United States. As authorized by the PPA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of plants for planting into the United States from certain parts of the world as provided in ‘‘Subpart—Plants for Planting’’ (7 CFR 319.37 through 319.37–14). This subpart restricts, among other things, the importation of living plants, plant parts, and seeds for propagation. In addition, APHIS regulates the importation of lumber and other wood articles as provided in ‘‘Subpart–Logs, Lumber, and Other Wood Articles’’ (7 CFR 319.40–1 through 319.40–11). This subpart lists requirements for the importation of various logs, lumber, and other unmanufactured wood products into the United States. Both subparts contain regulations that restrict or prohibit the importation of emerald ash borer (EAB) host material from Canada to prevent the introduction and spread of EAB into the United States. EAB (Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive woodboring insect that attacks ash trees. These regulations involve information collection activities, including phytosanitary certificates, permit applications, notices, notifications, agreements, records, and certificates of inspection. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:41 Jan 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 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: Importers of plants for planting and logs, lumber, and other wood articles from Canada; and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Estimated annual number of respondents: 7. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 6. Estimated annual number of responses: 39. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 22 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 11th day of January 2017. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2017–01016 Filed 1–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2016–0110] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Fresh Beans, Shelled or in Pods, From Jordan Into the Continental United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5527 Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. ACTION: 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 regulations for the importation of fresh beans, shelled or in pods, from Jordan into the continental United States. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 20, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2016-0110. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2016–0110, 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-2016-0110 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 importation of fresh beans, shelled or in pods, from Jordan into the continental United States, contact Dr. Robert Baca, Assistant Director, Permitting and Compliance Coordination, Compliance and Environmental Coordination Branch, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 150, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2292. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2483. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Importation of Fresh Beans, Shelled or in Pods, From Jordan Into the Continental United States. OMB Control Number: 0579–0405. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, entry, or interstate SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18JAN1.SGM 18JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2016-0107]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Importation of Emerald Ash Borer Host Material From Canada

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 regulations for the importation of 
emerald ash borer host material from Canada to prevent the introduction 
and spread of emerald ash borer in the United States.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 
20, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2016-0107.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2016-0107, 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-2016-
0107 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 for 
the importation of emerald ash borer host

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material from Canada, contact Dr. Robert Baca, Assistant Director, 
Permitting and Compliance Coordination, Compliance and Environmental 
Coordination Branch, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 150, Riverdale, 
MD 20737; (301) 851-2292. For copies of more detailed information on 
the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' 
Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Importation of Emerald Ash Borer Host Material from Canada.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0319.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) 
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, 
entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other 
articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United 
States or their dissemination within the United States.
    As authorized by the PPA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of plants for planting into 
the United States from certain parts of the world as provided in 
``Subpart--Plants for Planting'' (7 CFR 319.37 through 319.37-14). This 
subpart restricts, among other things, the importation of living 
plants, plant parts, and seeds for propagation. In addition, APHIS 
regulates the importation of lumber and other wood articles as provided 
in ``Subpart-Logs, Lumber, and Other Wood Articles'' (7 CFR 319.40-1 
through 319.40-11). This subpart lists requirements for the importation 
of various logs, lumber, and other unmanufactured wood products into 
the United States. Both subparts contain regulations that restrict or 
prohibit the importation of emerald ash borer (EAB) host material from 
Canada to prevent the introduction and spread of EAB into the United 
States. EAB (Agrilus planipennis) is a destructive wood-boring insect 
that attacks ash trees. These regulations involve information 
collection activities, including phytosanitary certificates, permit 
applications, notices, notifications, agreements, records, and 
certificates of inspection.
    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: Importers of plants for planting and logs, lumber, and 
other wood articles from Canada; and the Canadian Food Inspection 
Agency.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 7.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 6.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 39.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 22 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 11th day of January 2017.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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