Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing of a Bursal Disease-Marek's Disease Vaccine, Serotype 3, Live Marek's Disease Vector, 37045 [2017-16673]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 151 / Tuesday, August 8, 2017 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2017–0030] Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing of a Bursal Disease-Marek’s Disease Vaccine, Serotype 3, Live Marek’s Disease Vector Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment concerning authorization to ship for the purposes of field testing, and then to field test, an unlicensed Bursal Disease-Marek’s Disease Vaccine, Serotype 3, Live Marek’s Disease Vector. Based on the environmental assessment, risk analysis, and other relevant data, we have reached a preliminary determination that field testing this veterinary vaccine will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. 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 September 7, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0030. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2017–0030, 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-2017-0030 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. Donna Malloy, Operational Support Section, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 148, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 851– 3426, fax (301) 734–4314. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:16 Aug 07, 2017 Jkt 241001 For information regarding the environmental assessment or the risk analysis, or to request a copy of the environmental assessment (as well as the risk analysis with confidential business information redacted), contact Dr. Patricia L. Foley, Risk Manager, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton Avenue, P.O. Box 844, Ames, IA 50010; phone (515) 337–6100, fax (515) 337–6120. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act (21 U.S.C. 151 et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is authorized to promulgate regulations designed to ensure that veterinary biological products are pure, safe, potent, and efficacious before a veterinary biological product license may be issued. Veterinary biological products include viruses, serums, toxins, and analogous products of natural or synthetic origin, such as vaccines, antitoxins, or the immunizing components of microorganisms intended for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases in domestic animals. APHIS issues licenses to qualified establishments that produce veterinary biological products and issues permits to importers of such products. APHIS also enforces requirements concerning production, packaging, labeling, and shipping of these products and sets standards for the testing of these products. Regulations concerning veterinary biological products are contained in 9 CFR parts 101 to 124. A field test is generally necessary to satisfy prelicensing requirements for veterinary biological products. Prior to conducting a field test on an unlicensed product, an applicant must obtain approval from APHIS, as well as obtain APHIS’ authorization to ship the product for field testing. To determine whether to authorize shipment and grant approval for the field testing of the unlicensed product referenced in this notice, APHIS considers the potential effects of this product on the safety of animals, public health, and the environment. Based upon a risk analysis and other relevant data, APHIS has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) concerning the field testing of the following unlicensed veterinary biological product: Requester: Zoetis Inc. Product: Bursal Disease-Marek’s Disease Vaccine, Serotype 3, Live Marek’s Disease Vector. Possible Field Test Locations: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, and North Carolina. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 37045 The above-mentioned product is a live Marek’s Disease serotype 3 vaccine virus containing a gene from the infectious bursal disease virus. The attenuated vaccine is intended for use in healthy 18-day-old or older chicken embryos by the in ovo route or day-old chicks by subcutaneous inoculation, as an aid in the prevention of Marek’s disease and infectious bursal disease. The EA 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). We are publishing this notice to inform the public that we will accept written comments regarding the EA from interested or affected persons for a period of 30 days from the date of this notice. Unless substantial issues with adverse environmental impacts are raised in response to this notice, APHIS intends to issue a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) based on the EA and authorize shipment of the above product for the initiation of field tests following the close of the comment period for this notice. Because the issues raised by field testing and by issuance of a license are identical, APHIS has concluded that the EA that is generated for field testing would also be applicable to the proposed licensing action. Provided that the field test data support the conclusions of the original EA and the issuance of a FONSI, APHIS does not intend to issue a separate EA and FONSI to support the issuance of the associated product license, and would determine that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. APHIS intends to issue a veterinary biological product license for this vaccine following satisfactory completion of the field test, provided no adverse impacts on the human environment are identified and provided the product meets all other requirements for licensing. Authority: 21 U.S.C. 151–159. Done in Washington, DC, this 2nd day of August 2017. Michael C. Gregoire, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2017–16673 Filed 8–7–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2017-0030]


Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing of 
a Bursal Disease-Marek's Disease Vaccine, Serotype 3, Live Marek's 
Disease Vector

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment concerning 
authorization to ship for the purposes of field testing, and then to 
field test, an unlicensed Bursal Disease-Marek's Disease Vaccine, 
Serotype 3, Live Marek's Disease Vector. Based on the environmental 
assessment, risk analysis, and other relevant data, we have reached a 
preliminary determination that field testing this veterinary vaccine 
will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human 
environment. 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 
September 7, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0030.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2017-0030, 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-2017-
0030 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. Donna Malloy, Operational Support 
Section, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and 
Licensing, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 148, Riverdale, MD 20737-
1231; (301) 851-3426, fax (301) 734-4314.
    For information regarding the environmental assessment or the risk 
analysis, or to request a copy of the environmental assessment (as well 
as the risk analysis with confidential business information redacted), 
contact Dr. Patricia L. Foley, Risk Manager, Center for Veterinary 
Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton 
Avenue, P.O. Box 844, Ames, IA 50010; phone (515) 337-6100, fax (515) 
337-6120.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act (21 U.S.C. 
151 et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is 
authorized to promulgate regulations designed to ensure that veterinary 
biological products are pure, safe, potent, and efficacious before a 
veterinary biological product license may be issued. Veterinary 
biological products include viruses, serums, toxins, and analogous 
products of natural or synthetic origin, such as vaccines, antitoxins, 
or the immunizing components of microorganisms intended for the 
diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of diseases in domestic animals.
    APHIS issues licenses to qualified establishments that produce 
veterinary biological products and issues permits to importers of such 
products. APHIS also enforces requirements concerning production, 
packaging, labeling, and shipping of these products and sets standards 
for the testing of these products. Regulations concerning veterinary 
biological products are contained in 9 CFR parts 101 to 124.
    A field test is generally necessary to satisfy prelicensing 
requirements for veterinary biological products. Prior to conducting a 
field test on an unlicensed product, an applicant must obtain approval 
from APHIS, as well as obtain APHIS' authorization to ship the product 
for field testing.
    To determine whether to authorize shipment and grant approval for 
the field testing of the unlicensed product referenced in this notice, 
APHIS considers the potential effects of this product on the safety of 
animals, public health, and the environment. Based upon a risk analysis 
and other relevant data, APHIS has prepared an environmental assessment 
(EA) concerning the field testing of the following unlicensed 
veterinary biological product:
    Requester: Zoetis Inc.
    Product: Bursal Disease-Marek's Disease Vaccine, Serotype 3, Live 
Marek's Disease Vector.
    Possible Field Test Locations: Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, 
and North Carolina.
    The above-mentioned product is a live Marek's Disease serotype 3 
vaccine virus containing a gene from the infectious bursal disease 
virus. The attenuated vaccine is intended for use in healthy 18-day-old 
or older chicken embryos by the in ovo route or day-old chicks by 
subcutaneous inoculation, as an aid in the prevention of Marek's 
disease and infectious bursal disease.
    The EA 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).
    We are publishing this notice to inform the public that we will 
accept written comments regarding the EA from interested or affected 
persons for a period of 30 days from the date of this notice. Unless 
substantial issues with adverse environmental impacts are raised in 
response to this notice, APHIS intends to issue a finding of no 
significant impact (FONSI) based on the EA and authorize shipment of 
the above product for the initiation of field tests following the close 
of the comment period for this notice.
    Because the issues raised by field testing and by issuance of a 
license are identical, APHIS has concluded that the EA that is 
generated for field testing would also be applicable to the proposed 
licensing action. Provided that the field test data support the 
conclusions of the original EA and the issuance of a FONSI, APHIS does 
not intend to issue a separate EA and FONSI to support the issuance of 
the associated product license, and would determine that an 
environmental impact statement need not be prepared. APHIS intends to 
issue a veterinary biological product license for this vaccine 
following satisfactory completion of the field test, provided no 
adverse impacts on the human environment are identified and provided 
the product meets all other requirements for licensing.

    Authority:  21 U.S.C. 151-159.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 2nd day of August 2017.
Michael C. Gregoire,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-16673 Filed 8-7-17; 8:45 am]
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