Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Karnal Bunt; Importation of Wheat and Related Articles, 47692-47693 [2017-22223]

Download as PDF 47692 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 197 / Friday, October 13, 2017 / Notices 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 burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 4 hours per response. Respondents: Nurseries. Estimated annual number of respondents: 4. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 2. Estimated annual number of responses: 8. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 32 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 October 2017. Michael C. Gregoire, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2017–22346 Filed 10–12–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. APHIS–2017–0081] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Karnal Bunt; Importation of Wheat and Related Articles Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Oct 12, 2017 Jkt 244001 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 the importation of wheat and related articles from regions affected with Karnal bunt. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 12, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0081. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2017–0081, 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-2017-0081 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 Karnal bunt and the importation of wheat and related articles, contact Mr. George Galasso, National Trade Director, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 140, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2050. 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: Karnal Bunt; Importation of Wheat and Related Articles. OMB Control Number: 0579–0240. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to prohibit or restrict the importation, entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, biological control organism, noxious weeds, means of conveyances, and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests or noxious weeds into the United States or their dissemination SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 within the United States. This authority has been delegated to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Karnal bunt is a fungal disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum), durum wheat (Triticum durum), and triticale (Triticum aestivum X Secale cereale), a hybrid of wheat and rye. Karnal bunt is caused by the smut fungus Tilletia indica (Mitra) Mundkhur and is spread by spores, primarily through movement of infected seed. To prevent the introduction and spread of various wheat diseases, including Karnal bunt, APHIS’ regulations in ‘‘Subpart—Wheat Diseases’’ (7 CFR 319.59–1 through 319.59–4) prohibit the importation of wheat seed, plants, straw, and other products into the United States from regions affected with Karnal bunt. The regulations require that certain regulated articles imported from Karnal bunt-free areas within regions regulated for Karnal bunt be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that must be completed by an official of the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of the region of origin. The certificate must include a declaration stating that the regulated articles originated in areas where Karnal bunt is not known to occur, as attested to either by survey results or by testing for bunted kernels or spores. In addition, there are other information collection activities including notices of arrival, disinfection documents, and emergency action notice. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of 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; (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. E:\FR\FM\13OCN1.SGM 13OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 197 / Friday, October 13, 2017 / Notices Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of October 2017. Michael C. Gregoire, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 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-2017-0077 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 gypsy moth program, contact Mr. Paul Chaloux, National Policy Manager, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2064. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2483. [FR Doc. 2017–22223 Filed 10–12–17; 8:45 am] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 3410–34–P Title: Gypsy Moth Identification Worksheet and Checklist. OMB Control Number: 0579–0104. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), either independently or in cooperation with the States, is authorized to carry out operations or measures to detect, eradicate, suppress, control, prevent, or retard the spread of plant pests new to the United States or not widely distributed throughout the United States. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is the delegated authority to carry out this mission. As part of the mission, APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program engages in detection surveys to monitor for the presence of, among other things, the European gypsy moth and the Asian gypsy moth. The European gypsy moth is one of the most destructive pests of fruit and ornamental trees as well as hardwood forests. First introduced into the United States in Medford, MA, in 1869, the European gypsy moth has gradually spread to infest the entire northeastern portion of the country. The gypsy moth regulations can be found in 7 CFR 301.45 through 301.45–12. Heavily infested European gypsy moth areas are inundated with actively crawling larvae that cover trees, fences, Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.8 hours per response. Respondents: Importers/exporters of wheat and related articles and the NPPO of the region of origin. Estimated annual number of respondents: 4. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 56. Estimated annual number of responses: 224. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 186 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. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2017–0077] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Gypsy Moth Identification Worksheet and Checklist 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 gypsy moth program. SUMMARY: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 12, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0077. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2017–0077, Regulatory Analysis asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Oct 12, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47693 vehicles, and houses during their search for food. Entire areas may be stripped of all foliage, often resulting in heavy damage to trees. The damage can have long-lasting effects, depriving wildlife of food and shelter, and severely limiting the recreational value of forested areas. The Asian gypsy moth is an exotic strain of gypsy moth that is closely related to the European variety already established in the United States. While the Asian gypsy moth has been introduced into the United States on several occasions, it is currently not established in the United States. However, due to behavioral differences, the Asian gypsy moth is considered to pose an even greater threat to trees and forested areas than the European gypsy moth. Unlike the flightless European gypsy moth female adult, the Asian gypsy moth female adult is capable of strong directed flight between mating and egg deposition, significantly increasing its ability to spread over a much greater area and become widely established within a short time. In addition, Asian gypsy moth larvae feed on a much wider variety of hosts, allowing them to exploit more areas and cause more damage than the European gypsy moth. To determine the presence and extent of a European gypsy moth or an Asian gypsy moth infestation, APHIS sets traps in high-risk areas to collect specimens. Once an infestation is identified, control and eradication work (usually involving State cooperation) is initiated to eliminate the moths. APHIS personnel, with assistance from State/local officials, check traps for the presence of gypsy moths. If a suspicious moth is found in the trap, it is sent to APHIS laboratories at the Otis Methods Development Center in Massachusetts so that it can be correctly identified through DNA analysis. DNA analysis is the only way to accurately identify these insects because the European gypsy moth and the Asian gypsy moth are strains of the same species, and they cannot be visually distinguished from each other. The PPQ or State/local officials submitting the moth for analysis must complete a specimen worksheet, which accompanies the insect to the laboratory. The worksheet enables Federal and State/local officials to identify and track specific specimens through the DNA identification tests that are conducted. In addition, the information provided by the gypsy moth identification worksheets is vital to APHIS’ ability to monitor, detect, and eradicate gypsy moth infestations. The gypsy moth regulations (§ 301.45–4(a)) also require the E:\FR\FM\13OCN1.SGM 13OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2017-0081]


Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Karnal Bunt; Importation of Wheat and Related 
Articles

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 the 
importation of wheat and related articles from regions affected with 
Karnal bunt.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
December 12, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0081.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2017-0081, 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-
0081 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 Karnal bunt and the 
importation of wheat and related articles, contact Mr. George Galasso, 
National Trade Director, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 140, 
Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-2050. 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: Karnal Bunt; Importation of Wheat and Related Articles.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0240.
    Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), 
the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to 
prohibit or restrict the importation, entry, or interstate movement of 
plants, plant products, biological control organism, noxious weeds, 
means of conveyances, and other articles to prevent the introduction of 
plant pests or noxious weeds into the United States or their 
dissemination within the United States. This authority has been 
delegated to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
    Karnal bunt is a fungal disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum), durum 
wheat (Triticum durum), and triticale (Triticum aestivum X Secale 
cereale), a hybrid of wheat and rye. Karnal bunt is caused by the smut 
fungus Tilletia indica (Mitra) Mundkhur and is spread by spores, 
primarily through movement of infected seed.
    To prevent the introduction and spread of various wheat diseases, 
including Karnal bunt, APHIS' regulations in ``Subpart--Wheat 
Diseases'' (7 CFR 319.59-1 through 319.59-4) prohibit the importation 
of wheat seed, plants, straw, and other products into the United States 
from regions affected with Karnal bunt.
    The regulations require that certain regulated articles imported 
from Karnal bunt-free areas within regions regulated for Karnal bunt be 
accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate that must be completed by an 
official of the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of the 
region of origin. The certificate must include a declaration stating 
that the regulated articles originated in areas where Karnal bunt is 
not known to occur, as attested to either by survey results or by 
testing for bunted kernels or spores. In addition, there are other 
information collection activities including notices of arrival, 
disinfection documents, and emergency action notice.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of 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;
    (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.

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    Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.8 hours per response.
    Respondents: Importers/exporters of wheat and related articles and 
the NPPO of the region of origin.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 4.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 56.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 224.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 186 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 6th day of October 2017.
Michael C. Gregoire,
 Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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