Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Biological Control of Brazilian Peppertree, 30692 [2019-13705]

Download as PDF 30692 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2019 / Notices tranche of 35,000 MTRV will open on July 15, 2020. The second, third, fourth, and fifth tranches will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably available from domestic sources. * Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons. Dated: June 13, 2019. Ted A. McKinney, Under Secretary, Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. [FR Doc. 2019–13653 Filed 6–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2018–0075] Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Biological Control of Brazilian Peppertree Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative to the release of Calophya latiforceps and Pseudophilothrips ichini for the biological control of Brazilian peppertree, a significant invasive weed, within the contiguous United States. Based on our finding of no significant impact, we have 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@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Brazilian peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolia) is an evergreen perennial shrub or small tree found in various southern States but grows primarily in Florida. This noxious weed poses a serious threat to biodiversity in many ecosystems and invades areas such as canal banks, fallow farmlands, and natural communities. On February 27, 2019, we published in the Federal Register (84 FR 6355– 6356, Docket No. APHIS–2018–0075) a jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:15 Jun 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 release of Calophya latiforceps and Pseudophilothrips ichini for the biological control of Brazilian peppertree within the contiguous United States. We solicited comments on the EA for 30 days ending March 29, 2019. We received 129 comments by that date. Our responses to the comments are included in the final EA. In this document, we are advising the public of our finding of no significant impact (FONSI) regarding the release of C. latiforceps and P. ichini for the biological control of Brazilian peppertree within the contiguous United States. The finding, which is based on the EA, reflects our determination that release of the C. latiforceps and P. ichini will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Concurrent with this announcement, we will issue a permit for the release of C. latiforceps and P. ichini for the biological control of Brazilian peppertree. The EA and FONSI may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website (see footnote 1). Copies of the EA and FONSI are also available for public inspection at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing to inspect copies are requested to call ahead on (202) 799–7039 to facilitate entry into the reading room. In addition, copies may be obtained by calling or writing to the individual listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The EA and FONSI have 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). 1 To view the notice, supporting documents, and the comments we received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2018-0075. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Done in Washington, DC, this 21st day of June 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–13705 Filed 6–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD Meetings Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. ACTION: Notice of meetings. AGENCY: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) plans to hold its regular committee and Board meetings in Washington, DC, Monday through Wednesday, July 8–10, 2019, at the times and location listed below. DATES: The schedule of events is as follows: SUMMARY: Monday, July 8, 2019 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.—Technical Programs Committee 11:30 a.m.–Noon—Ad Hoc Committee on Design Guidance 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.—Ad Hoc Committee on Frontier Issues Tuesday, July 9, 2019 3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.—Planning and Evaluation Committee Wednesday, July 10, 2019 11:30 a.m.–Noon—Budget Committee 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.—Board Meeting ADDRESSES: Meetings will be held at the Access Board Conference Room, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2018-0075]


Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding 
of No Significant Impact for the Biological Control of Brazilian 
Peppertree

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a final 
environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative 
to the release of Calophya latiforceps and Pseudophilothrips ichini for 
the biological control of Brazilian peppertree, a significant invasive 
weed, within the contiguous United States. Based on our finding of no 
significant impact, we have 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: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Brazilian peppertree (Schinus 
terebinthifolia) is an evergreen perennial shrub or small tree found in 
various southern States but grows primarily in Florida. This noxious 
weed poses a serious threat to biodiversity in many ecosystems and 
invades areas such as canal banks, fallow farmlands, and natural 
communities.
    On February 27, 2019, we published in the Federal Register (84 FR 
6355-6356, Docket No. APHIS-2018-0075) 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 release of Calophya latiforceps and 
Pseudophilothrips ichini for the biological control of Brazilian 
peppertree within the contiguous United States.
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    \1\ To view the notice, supporting documents, and the comments 
we received, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2018-0075.
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    We solicited comments on the EA for 30 days ending March 29, 2019. 
We received 129 comments by that date. Our responses to the comments 
are included in the final EA.
    In this document, we are advising the public of our finding of no 
significant impact (FONSI) regarding the release of C. latiforceps and 
P. ichini for the biological control of Brazilian peppertree within the 
contiguous United States. The finding, which is based on the EA, 
reflects our determination that release of the C. latiforceps and P. 
ichini will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human 
environment. Concurrent with this announcement, we will issue a permit 
for the release of C. latiforceps and P. ichini for the biological 
control of Brazilian peppertree.
    The EA and FONSI may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website (see 
footnote 1). Copies of the EA and FONSI are also available for public 
inspection at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th Street and 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing to inspect 
copies are requested to call ahead on (202) 799-7039 to facilitate 
entry into the reading room. In addition, copies may be obtained by 
calling or writing to the individual listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.
    The EA and FONSI have 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).

    Done in Washington, DC, this 21st day of June 2019.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-13705 Filed 6-26-19; 8:45 am]
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