Addition of Uganda to the List of Regions Affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, 44151 [2017-20121]

Download as PDF 44151 Notices Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 182 Thursday, September 21, 2017 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–2017–0063] Addition of Uganda to the List of Regions Affected by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we are adding Uganda to the list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service considers to be affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). This action follows our imposition of HPAI-related restrictions on avian commodities originating from or transiting Uganda as a result of the confirmation of HPAI in Uganda. DATES: Uganda was added the list of regions under temporary restrictions on January 14, 2017. Uganda is added to the list of regions considered to be affected by HPAI as of September 21, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Import Risk Analyst, National Import Export Services, 920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27606; phone (919) 855–7741; rebecca.k.gordon@ aphis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 94 (referred to below as the regulations) govern the importation of certain animals and animal products into the United States to prevent the introduction of various animal diseases, including Newcastle disease and highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The regulations prohibit or restrict the importation of live poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry products from regions where these diseases are considered to exist. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:52 Sep 20, 2017 Jkt 241001 Section 94.6 contains requirements governing the importation into the United States of carcasses, meat, parts or products of carcasses, and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds, or other birds from regions of the world where HPAI exists or is reasonably believed to exist. HPAI is an extremely infectious and potentially fatal form of avian influenza in birds and poultry that, once established, can spread rapidly from flock to flock. A list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) considers affected with HPAI of any subtype is maintained on the APHIS Web site at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animaland-animal-product-importinformation/ct_animal_disease_status. APHIS receives notice of HPAI outbreaks from veterinary officials of the exporting country, from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), or from other sources the Administrator determines to be reliable. On January 15, 2017, the veterinary authorities of Uganda reported to the OIE the confirmation on January 14, 2017, of HPAI H5 in domestic ducks and chickens in Bukakata (Masaka District). The report indicated 30,000 domestic birds were susceptible. The OIE followup report dated January 27, 2017, confirmed the HPAI subtype H5N8. In response to that outbreak, APHIS placed restrictions on the importation of poultry, commercial birds, other types of birds (research, performing), ratites, any avian hatching eggs, unprocessed avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from Uganda to mitigate risk of HPAI introduction into the United States. Those restrictions went into effect on January 14, 2017. With the publication of this notice, we are adding Uganda to the list of regions APHIS considers affected with HPAI of any subtype. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701–7772, 7781– 7786, and 8301–8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.4. Done in Washington, DC, this 15th day of September 2017. Jere L. Dick, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2017–20121 Filed 9–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2017–0053] Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for a Biological Control Agent for Swallow-Worts Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public that an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact have been prepared by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service relative to the release of a leaf-feeding moth, Hypena opulenta, for the biological control of swallow-worts (Vincetoxicum nigrum and Vincetoxicum rossicum). Based on its finding of no significant impact, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Colin D. Stewart, Assistant Director, Pests, Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits, Permitting and Compliance Coordination, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1231; (301) 851–2327, email: Colin.Stewart@aphis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to issue permits for the release of a leaf-feeding moth, Hypena opulenta, into the continental United States for use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of swallow-wort (Vincetoxicum nigrum and Vincetoxicum rossicum) infestations. On July 13, 2017, we published in the Federal Register (82 FR 32318, Docket No. APHIS–2017–0053) a notice 1 in which we announced the availability, for public review and comment, of an environmental assessment (EA) that examined the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed release of the biological control agent into the continental United States. SUMMARY: 1 To view the notice, EA, FONSI, and the comments we received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2017-0053. E:\FR\FM\21SEN1.SGM 21SEN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 182 / Thursday, September 21, 2017 / 
Notices

[[Page 44151]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2017-0063]


Addition of Uganda to the List of Regions Affected by Highly 
Pathogenic Avian Influenza

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we are adding Uganda to the 
list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
considers to be affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). 
This action follows our imposition of HPAI-related restrictions on 
avian commodities originating from or transiting Uganda as a result of 
the confirmation of HPAI in Uganda.

DATES: Uganda was added the list of regions under temporary 
restrictions on January 14, 2017. Uganda is added to the list of 
regions considered to be affected by HPAI as of September 21, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Import Risk 
Analyst, National Import Export Services, 920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 
200, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27606; phone (919) 855-7741; 
rebecca.k.gordon@aphis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 94 (referred 
to below as the regulations) govern the importation of certain animals 
and animal products into the United States to prevent the introduction 
of various animal diseases, including Newcastle disease and highly 
pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The regulations prohibit or restrict 
the importation of live poultry, poultry meat, and other poultry 
products from regions where these diseases are considered to exist.
    Section 94.6 contains requirements governing the importation into 
the United States of carcasses, meat, parts or products of carcasses, 
and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, game birds, or other 
birds from regions of the world where HPAI exists or is reasonably 
believed to exist. HPAI is an extremely infectious and potentially 
fatal form of avian influenza in birds and poultry that, once 
established, can spread rapidly from flock to flock. A list of regions 
that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) considers 
affected with HPAI of any subtype is maintained on the APHIS Web site 
at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-and-animal-product-import-information/ct_animal_disease_status.
    APHIS receives notice of HPAI outbreaks from veterinary officials 
of the exporting country, from the World Organization for Animal Health 
(OIE), or from other sources the Administrator determines to be 
reliable. On January 15, 2017, the veterinary authorities of Uganda 
reported to the OIE the confirmation on January 14, 2017, of HPAI H5 in 
domestic ducks and chickens in Bukakata (Masaka District). The report 
indicated 30,000 domestic birds were susceptible. The OIE followup 
report dated January 27, 2017, confirmed the HPAI subtype H5N8.
    In response to that outbreak, APHIS placed restrictions on the 
importation of poultry, commercial birds, other types of birds 
(research, performing), ratites, any avian hatching eggs, unprocessed 
avian products and byproducts, and certain fresh poultry products from 
Uganda to mitigate risk of HPAI introduction into the United States. 
Those restrictions went into effect on January 14, 2017. With the 
publication of this notice, we are adding Uganda to the list of regions 
APHIS considers affected with HPAI of any subtype.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 450, 7701-7772, 7781-7786, and 8301-8317; 
21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.4.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 15th day of September 2017.
Jere L. Dick,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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