Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Proposed Revision of HHS/CDC Animal Importation Regulations, 54314 [2017-24951]

Download as PDF 54314 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 221 / Friday, November 17, 2017 / Proposed Rules application of those requirements would be inconsistent with the CAA. K. Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Population The EPA lacks the discretionary authority to address environmental justice in this rulemaking. List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52 Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Volatile organic compounds. Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Dated: November 6, 2017. Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator, Region IX. [FR Doc. 2017–25017 Filed 11–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 42 CFR Part 71 RIN 0920–AA14 Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Proposed Revision of HHS/CDC Animal Importation Regulations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; withdrawal. AGENCY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the withdrawal of its 2007 advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM). The 2007 ANPRM was issued to begin the process of revising the regulations concerning importation of animals and animal products. DATES: As of November 17, 2017, the ANPRM published on July 31, 2007, at 72 FR 41676, is withdrawn. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne E. O’Connor, M.S., MT(ASCP), Office of the Chief of Staff, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS–A14, Atlanta, GA 30329; email: cdcregulations@cdc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 31, 2007, HHS/CDC published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (72 FR 41679) requesting input and background information from the public on revisions to HHS/CDC’s animal rmajette on DSKBCKNHB2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:57 Nov 16, 2017 Jkt 244001 importation regulations found at 42 CFR part 71. The ANPRM had a 60-day comment period. On October 1, 2007, HHS/CDC published another notice (72 FR 55729) that extended the public comment period to December 1, 2007. In response to the ANPRM, HHS/CDC received 20 public comments including from individuals, organizations, three animal-rescue advocacy groups, one private pet business, and one state government entity. Some commenters asserted that the current regulations fail to take into account the increasing volume of animal imports and new threats to human health and safety posed by these imports. Other commenters asserted that the same rules and fees applicable to commercial importers should be extended to nonprofit animal shelters, rescue groups, and animal sanctuaries that effectively function as pet stores. The topics that received the most comments were changing the rabies regimen and requiring health certificate and unique identifiers for dogs, cats, and ferrets; and other strategies for preventing the introduction, spread, and transmission of zoonotic disease in the United States. HHS/CDC believes the public interest is best served by withdrawing the ANPRM identified in this document from rulemaking. The withdrawal of the ANPRM identified in this document does not preclude HHS/CDC from initiating future rulemaking to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and from one State or possession into another. The ANPRM published on July 31, 2007 (72 FR 41676), is hereby withdrawn. Dated: November 13, 2017. Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services. [FR Doc. 2017–24951 Filed 11–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163–18–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 42 CFR Part 73 [Docket No. CDC–2015–0050] RIN 0920–AA58 Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins; Addition of Certain Influenza Virus Strains to the List of Select Agents and Toxins Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Notice of proposed rulemaking; withdrawal. ACTION: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the withdrawal of its 2015 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The 2015 NPRM proposed to add certain influenza virus strains to the list of HHS select agents and toxins. DATES: The proposed rule published on July 16, 2015 (80 FR 42079), is withdrawn as of November 17, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samuel S. Edwin, Director, Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS–A46, Atlanta, GA 30329. Telephone: (404) 718–2000. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 16, 2015, HHS/CDC published a proposed rule (80 FR 42079) to add certain influenza virus strains to the list of HHS select agents and toxins. Specifically, HHS/CDC proposed to add the influenza viruses that contain the hemagglutinin (HA) from the Goose Guangdong/1/96 lineage (the influenza viruses that contain the hemagglutinin (HA) from the A/Gs/Gd/1/96 lineage), including wild-type viruses as a nonTier 1 select agent. HHS/CDC also proposed to add any influenza viruses that contain the HA from the A/Gs/Gd/ 1/96 lineage that were made transmissible among mammals by respiratory droplets in a laboratory as a Tier 1 select agent. In response to the NPRM, HHS/CDC received 24 comments from industry, academic institutions, professional organizations, and the public. Commenters expressed concern about balancing the risk of impeding research against the risk of an accidental laboratory incident or act of terrorism. Other commenters were concerned that regulation might further limit the ability of veterinarians, researchers, and farmers to identify and respond to influenza outbreaks. Finally, some commenters pointed out that highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses are already regulated as a Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) select agent. HHS/CDC agreed with the commenters. Since the publication of the NPRM, the U.S. Government has put in place additional controls regarding the funding and approval of dual use research. In addition, HHS/CDC has worked with USDA/APHIS to ensure that biosafety and biosecurity protocols/ measures are in place for regulated entities working with highly pathogenic SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17NOP1.SGM 17NOP1

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

42 CFR Part 71

RIN 0920-AA14


Foreign Quarantine Regulations, Proposed Revision of HHS/CDC 
Animal Importation Regulations

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located 
within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the 
withdrawal of its 2007 advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM). 
The 2007 ANPRM was issued to begin the process of revising the 
regulations concerning importation of animals and animal products.

DATES: As of November 17, 2017, the ANPRM published on July 31, 2007, 
at 72 FR 41676, is withdrawn.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anne E. O'Connor, M.S., MT(ASCP), 
Office of the Chief of Staff, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-A14, Atlanta, GA 30329; email: 
cdcregulations@cdc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 31, 2007, HHS/CDC published an 
advance notice of proposed rulemaking (72 FR 41679) requesting input 
and background information from the public on revisions to HHS/CDC's 
animal importation regulations found at 42 CFR part 71. The ANPRM had a 
60-day comment period. On October 1, 2007, HHS/CDC published another 
notice (72 FR 55729) that extended the public comment period to 
December 1, 2007.
    In response to the ANPRM, HHS/CDC received 20 public comments 
including from individuals, organizations, three animal-rescue advocacy 
groups, one private pet business, and one state government entity. Some 
commenters asserted that the current regulations fail to take into 
account the increasing volume of animal imports and new threats to 
human health and safety posed by these imports. Other commenters 
asserted that the same rules and fees applicable to commercial 
importers should be extended to non-profit animal shelters, rescue 
groups, and animal sanctuaries that effectively function as pet stores. 
The topics that received the most comments were changing the rabies 
regimen and requiring health certificate and unique identifiers for 
dogs, cats, and ferrets; and other strategies for preventing the 
introduction, spread, and transmission of zoonotic disease in the 
United States.
    HHS/CDC believes the public interest is best served by withdrawing 
the ANPRM identified in this document from rulemaking. The withdrawal 
of the ANPRM identified in this document does not preclude HHS/CDC from 
initiating future rulemaking to prevent the introduction, transmission, 
or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the 
United States and from one State or possession into another.
    The ANPRM published on July 31, 2007 (72 FR 41676), is hereby 
withdrawn.

    Dated: November 13, 2017.
Eric D. Hargan,
Acting Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.
[FR Doc. 2017-24951 Filed 11-16-17; 8:45 am]
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