Notification of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh Raspberry Fruit From Morocco Into the Continental United States, 35515-35517 [2019-15704]

Download as PDF 35515 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 142 Wednesday, July 24, 2019 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. [Docket No. APHIS–2015–0053] OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL Notification of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh Raspberry Fruit From Morocco Into the Continental United States 5 CFR Part 1800 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 7 CFR Part 319 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Final rulemaking action; notification of decision to import. AGENCY: [OMB Control No. 3255–0005] Filing of Complaints of Prohibited Personnel Practices or Other Prohibited Activities and Filing Disclosures of Information AGENCY: U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Final rule; confirmation of effective date. ACTION: On June 9, 2017, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) published a final rule revising its regulations regarding the filing of complaints and disclosures with OSC, and updated OSC’s prohibited personnel practice provisions. The rule’s effective date was delayed indefinitely on July 14, 2017. This document establishes the effective date for the rule. SUMMARY: The effective date of the final rule published at 82 FR 26739 on June 9, 2017, delayed at 82 FR 32447, July 14, 2017, is August 26, 2019. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan K. Ullman, General Counsel, U.S. Office of Special Counsel, by telephone at 202–804–7000, or by email at sullman@osc.gov. On July 14, 2017 (82 FR 32447), OSC published an indefinite delay of its June 9, 2017, final rule revising its regulations regarding the filing of complaints and disclosures with OSC and updating OSC’s prohibited personnel practice provisions. This document confirms the effective date of August 26, 2019, for that final rule. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: July 18, 2019. Bruce Gipe, Chief Operating Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–15656 Filed 7–23–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:37 Jul 23, 2019 Jkt 247001 We are advising the public of our decision to authorize the importation into the continental United States of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco. Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, which we made available to the public for review and comment, we have determined that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of raspberries from Morocco. DATES: The articles covered by this notification may be authorized for importation after July 24, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Claudia Ferguson, M.S., Senior Regulatory Policy Coordinator, Regulatory Policy and Coordination, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 851– 2352. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the regulations in ‘‘Subpart L—Fruits and Vegetables’’ (7 CFR 319.56–1 through 319.56–12, referred to below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) prohibits or restricts the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world to prevent plant pests from being introduced into or disseminated within the United States. Section 319.56–4 of the regulations contains a performance-based process for approving the importation of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest risk analysis (PRA), can be safely imported subject to one or more of the designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 section. Under that process, APHIS publishes a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the PRA that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of a particular fruit or vegetable. Following the close of the 60-day comment period, APHIS may begin issuing permits for importation of the fruit or vegetable subject to the identified designated measures if: (1) No comments were received on the PRA; (2) the comments on the PRA revealed that no changes to the PRA were necessary; or (3) changes to the PRA were made in response to public comments, but the changes did not affect the overall conclusions of the analysis and the Administrator’s determination of risk. On August 26, 2016, we published in the Federal Register (81 FR 58867– 58869, Docket No. APHIS–2015–0053) a proposal1 to amend the regulations to allow the importation of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco into the continental United States. We solicited comments on the proposed rule for 60 days ending on October 25, 2016. We received six comments by that date, from members of the public and from a State agriculture agency. Two commenters supported the proposed rule. A third commenter generally opposed importing fresh raspberry fruit and all other commodities, but did not offer any comments on the specific provisions of the proposed rule. The remaining comments are discussed below. One commenter requested that shipments of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco not be allowed into the State of Florida due to the ‘‘high’’ risk rating assigned to the fungus Monilinia fructigena in the PRA. The commenter acknowledged that while raspberry fruit is not considered a major host of this fungus, apples, peaches, plums, and apricots are, and if M. fructigena were to follow the pathway of importation into the United States, it could have devastating effects on Florida’s agricultural industry, especially on commercial peach production and on the native plums that serve as a major food source for wildlife in that State. As stated in the risk management document (RMD) that accompanied the 1 To view the proposed rule, supporting documents, and the comments we received, go to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS2015-0053. E:\FR\FM\24JYR1.SGM 24JYR1 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES 35516 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 24, 2019 / Rules and Regulations proposed rule, M. fructigena is a common cause of fruit rot in fruit orchards. Required field inspections, packinghouse inspections, and port of entry inspections provide sufficient mitigation and have been used successfully to mitigate M. fructigena associated with fresh pears from China. In addition, culling at the packinghouses, while not required in the systems approach, is a standard industry practice that removes obviously blemished, diseased, and insect-infested fruits from the pathway. Infected or infested fruit found by an inspector will not be allowed to enter into the United States. Furthermore, if a pest or disease is found at the port of entry, a traceback will be conducted by APHIS and the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Morocco to identify the source of the problem. Corrective action, including removal of the packinghouse or place of production from the export program can then be taken. One commenter requested that we consider requiring the use of irradiation on fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco to mitigate the risks associated with M. fructigena. Irradiation is an approved treatment to mitigate the risks presented by arthropod plant pests, but is not approved as a treatment against fungi, like M. fructigena. One commenter asked about the costs associated with inspections and whether these inspections would increase the burden on port of entry inspectors and cause delays. The cost of inspection at the port of entry is covered by the agricultural quarantine and inspection user fee and, for inspections conducted outside regular business hours at the request of the importer/owner of the consignment, a reimbursable overtime charge. As discussed in the economic analysis that accompanied the proposed rule, Morocco expects to export between 200 and 500 metric tons of fresh raspberry fruit to the continental United States annually. This is a relatively small amount (about 0.4 to 0.9 percent of U.S. fresh raspberry fruit production) and we do not therefore anticipate an increase in burden to inspectors, nor do we believe that this action will cause delays at the ports. One commenter asked how inspectors will be trained to identify M. fructigena on fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco. Inspectors in Morocco and the United States are already well trained in identifying signs and symptoms of pests and diseases, including M. fructigena. The fresh raspberry fruit will be inspected for symptoms of fungal VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:37 Jul 23, 2019 Jkt 247001 infections such as brown lesions and tufts sprouting from the skin of infected fruit. One commenter asked if fruits or vegetables have been inspected and certified free of pests or diseases in their country of origin only to be found infested or infected upon arrival in the United States. Commodities are inspected in their country of origin and again upon arrival at the port of entry in the United States. If a consignment is found to contain plant pests at the port of entry, the consignment may be treated, destroyed, or re-exported. One commenter expressed concern about the monitoring and enforcement of the systems approach. Specifically, the commenter asked how APHIS intends to monitor the NPPO of Morocco to ensure the conditions of the systems approach are being met. APHIS reserves the right to conduct site visits to Morocco to inspect places of production in Morocco and audit the program if pest problems occur. Finally, we note that the proposed rule was issued prior to the October 15, 2018, effective date of a final rule 2 that revised the regulations in § 319.56–4 by broadening an existing performance standard to provide for approval of all new fruits and vegetables for importation into the United States using a notice-based process. That final rule also specified that region- or commodity-specific phytosanitary requirements for fruits and vegetables would no longer be found in the regulations, but instead in APHIS’ Fruits and Vegetables Import Requirements database (FAVIR). With those changes to the regulations, we cannot issue the final regulations as contemplated in our August 2016 proposed rule and are therefore discontinuing that rulemaking without a final rule. Instead, it is necessary for us to finalize this action through the issuance of a notification. Therefore, in accordance with the regulations in § 319.56–4(c)(3)(iii), we are announcing our decision to authorize the importation into the continental United States of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco subject to the following phytosanitary measures, which will be listed in FAVIR, available at https://epermits.aphis.usda.gov/ manual: • The NPPO of Morocco must develop an operational workplan, subject to APHIS approval, that details the activities that the NPPO of Morocco would carry out to comply with the phytosanitary requirements. 2 To view the final rule, go to https:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2010-0082. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 • The fresh raspberry fruit may be imported in commercial consignments only. • The fresh raspberry fruit must be grown at a place of production that is registered with the NPPO of Morocco. • During the growing season, raspberries must be inspected in the field by the NPPO of Morocco for signs of M. fructigena infection no more than 30 days prior to harvest. If the fungal disease is detected, the NPPO of Morocco must notify APHIS. APHIS will prohibit the importation of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco into the continental United States from the place of production for the remainder of the growing season. The exportation of fresh raspberry fruit from the rejected place of production may resume in the next growing season if an investigation is conducted and APHIS and the NPPO of Morocco agree that appropriate remedial actions have been taken. • The fresh raspberry fruit must be packed in packinghouses that are registered with the NPPO of Morocco. • Detection of M. fructigena infection at a packinghouse may result in the suspension of the packinghouse until an investigation is conducted and APHIS and the NPPO of Morocco agree to appropriate remedial measures. • Each consignment of fresh raspberry fruit must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of Morocco with an additional declaration stating that consignment was produced in accordance with the requirements authorized under 7 CFR 319.56–4, and that the consignment has been inspected prior to export from Morocco and found free of M. fructigena. In addition to these specific measures, fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco will be subject to the general requirements listed in § 319.56–3 that are applicable to the importation of all fruits and vegetables. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the reporting and recordkeeping requirements included in this notification are covered under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 0579–0049. The estimated annual burden on respondents is 119 hours, which will be added to 0579–0049 in the next quarterly update. E-Government Act Compliance The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is committed to compliance with the EGovernment Act to promote the use of the internet and E:\FR\FM\24JYR1.SGM 24JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 142 / Wednesday, July 24, 2019 / Rules and Regulations other information technologies, to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes. For information pertinent to E-Government Act compliance related to this notification, please contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2483. Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this rule as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1633, 7701–7772, and 7781–7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 19th day of July 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–15704 Filed 7–23–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION 12 CFR Parts 704 and 713 RIN 3133–AE87 Fidelity Bonds National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The NCUA Board (Board) is finalizing a rule that amends its regulations regarding fidelity bonds for corporate credit unions and natural person credit unions. The rule strengthens a board of directors’ oversight of a federally insured credit union’s (FICU) fidelity bond coverage; ensures an adequate period to discover and file fidelity bond claims following a FICU’s liquidation; codifies a 2017 NCUA Office of General Counsel legal opinion that permits a natural person credit union’s fidelity bond to include coverage for certain credit union service organizations (CUSOs); and addresses Board approval of bond forms. DATES: The final rule is effective October 22, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rob Robine, Trial Attorney, or Rachel Ackmann, Staff Attorney, Office of General Counsel, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314–3428 or telephone (703) 548–2601. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION I. Introduction II. Proposed Rule VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:37 Jul 23, 2019 Jkt 247001 III. Final Rule and Discussion of Comments IV. Regulatory Procedures I. Introduction a. Background and Legal Authority The Federal Credit Union Act (FCU Act) requires that certain credit union employees and appointed and elected officials be subject to fidelity bond coverage.1 The FCU Act directs the Board to promulgate regulations concerning both the amount and character of fidelity bond coverage and to approve bond forms.2 The pertinent portion of the FCU Act provides that the Board is directed to require that every person appointed or elected by any Federal credit union to any position requiring the receipt, payment, or custody of money or other personal property owned by a Federal credit union or in its custody or control as collateral or otherwise, give bond in a corporate surety company holding a certificate of authority from the Secretary of Treasury as an acceptable surety on Federal bonds. Any such bond or bonds shall be in a form approved by the Board with a view to providing surety coverage to the Federal credit union with reference to loss by reason of acts of fraud or dishonesty including forgery, theft, embezzlement, wrongful abstraction, or misapplication on the part of the person, directly or through connivance with others, and such other surety coverages as the Board may determine to be reasonably appropriate. Any such bond or bonds shall be in such an amount in relation to the assets of the Federal credit union as the Board may from time to time prescribe by regulation.3 Parts 704 and 713 of the NCUA’s regulations implement the requirements of the FCU Act regarding fidelity bonds.4 Part 713 applies to natural person credit unions and Part 704 applies to corporate credit unions. The parts establish the requirements for a fidelity bond, the acceptable bond forms, and the minimum permissible coverage. Both parts require a FICU’s board of directors to review annually its fidelity bond coverage to ensure it is adequate in relation to the potential risks facing the FICU and the minimum requirements set by the Board. Part 704 was recently revised to amend the provision that determines the U.S.C. 1761a, 1761b, and 1766. FCU Act also grants the Board the powers to require such other surety coverage as the Board may determine to be reasonably appropriate; to approve a blanket bond in lieu of individual bonds; and to approve bond coverage in excess of minimum surety coverage. 3 12 U.S.C. 1766(h). 4 12 CFR pts. 704 and 713. PO 00000 1 12 2 The Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 35517 maximum amount a corporate credit union may pay for a deductible or a covered loss before the fidelity bond insurer makes a payment. The NCUA restricts the deductible a corporate credit union may pay to limit the potential losses to it if there is a covered claim. The maximum deductible allowed is a percentage of a corporate credit union’s capital based on its leverage ratio. For example, if a corporate credit union has a greater than 2.25 percent leverage ratio then it may have a maximum deductible that is 15 percent of its tier 1 capital. The recent final rule updated this provision to reference tier 1 capital instead of core capital.5 Part 713, however, has not been substantively revised since 2005, when the NCUA issued a final rule modernizing it.6 b. Regulatory Reform Task Force In August 2017, the Board published and sought comment on the NCUA’s regulatory reform agenda (Agenda).7 The Agenda identifies those regulations the Board intends to amend or repeal because they are outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome. This is consistent with the spirit of Executive Order 13777.8 Although the NCUA, as an independent agency, is not required to comply with Executive Order 13777, the Board has chosen to comply with it in spirit and has reviewed all of the NCUA’s regulations to that end. One of the items in the Agenda is related to the NCUA’s regulations on fidelity bonds. The Agenda supports exploring ways to implement the requirements of the FCU Act related to fidelity bonds in the least costly way possible. The Agenda further notes that while the FCU Act mandates fidelity bond coverage, the NCUA’s objective should be to allow a credit union to make a business decision based on its own circumstances and needs. This would effectively reduce the NCUA’s involvement in a credit union’s operational decisions while remaining consistent with the FCU Act. c. The 2017 Legal Opinion As discussed above, part 713 establishes the minimum requirements for a fidelity bond for a natural person credit union. One such requirement under part 713 is that fidelity bonds be 5 80 FR 25932 (May 6, 2015). FR 61713 (Oct. 26, 2005). In 2012, the NCUA revised Part 713 by removing reference to the agency’s former Regulatory Flexibility Program. 77 FR 74112 (Dec. 13, 2012). 7 82 FR 39702 (Aug. 22, 2017). 8 E.O. 13777 (Feb. 24, 2017). 6 70 E:\FR\FM\24JYR1.SGM 24JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 319

[Docket No. APHIS-2015-0053]


Notification of Decision To Authorize the Importation of Fresh 
Raspberry Fruit From Morocco Into the Continental United States

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Final rulemaking action; notification of decision to import.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public of our decision to authorize the 
importation into the continental United States of fresh raspberry fruit 
from Morocco. Based on the findings of a pest risk analysis, which we 
made available to the public for review and comment, we have determined 
that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures 
will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or 
disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of 
raspberries from Morocco.

DATES: The articles covered by this notification may be authorized for 
importation after July 24, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Claudia Ferguson, M.S., Senior 
Regulatory Policy Coordinator, Regulatory Policy and Coordination, PPQ, 
APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-
2352.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the regulations in ``Subpart L--Fruits 
and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 319.56-1 through 319.56-12, referred to below 
as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
(APHIS) prohibits or restricts the importation of fruits and vegetables 
into the United States from certain parts of the world to prevent plant 
pests from being introduced into or disseminated within the United 
States.
    Section 319.56-4 of the regulations contains a performance-based 
process for approving the importation of commodities that, based on the 
findings of a pest risk analysis (PRA), can be safely imported subject 
to one or more of the designated phytosanitary measures listed in 
paragraph (b) of that section. Under that process, APHIS publishes a 
notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the PRA 
that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of a 
particular fruit or vegetable. Following the close of the 60-day 
comment period, APHIS may begin issuing permits for importation of the 
fruit or vegetable subject to the identified designated measures if: 
(1) No comments were received on the PRA; (2) the comments on the PRA 
revealed that no changes to the PRA were necessary; or (3) changes to 
the PRA were made in response to public comments, but the changes did 
not affect the overall conclusions of the analysis and the 
Administrator's determination of risk.
    On August 26, 2016, we published in the Federal Register (81 FR 
58867-58869, Docket No. APHIS-2015-0053) a proposal\1\ to amend the 
regulations to allow the importation of fresh raspberry fruit from 
Morocco into the continental United States.
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    \1\ To view the proposed rule, supporting documents, and the 
comments we received, go to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2015-0053.
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    We solicited comments on the proposed rule for 60 days ending on 
October 25, 2016. We received six comments by that date, from members 
of the public and from a State agriculture agency. Two commenters 
supported the proposed rule. A third commenter generally opposed 
importing fresh raspberry fruit and all other commodities, but did not 
offer any comments on the specific provisions of the proposed rule. The 
remaining comments are discussed below.
    One commenter requested that shipments of fresh raspberry fruit 
from Morocco not be allowed into the State of Florida due to the 
``high'' risk rating assigned to the fungus Monilinia fructigena in the 
PRA. The commenter acknowledged that while raspberry fruit is not 
considered a major host of this fungus, apples, peaches, plums, and 
apricots are, and if M. fructigena were to follow the pathway of 
importation into the United States, it could have devastating effects 
on Florida's agricultural industry, especially on commercial peach 
production and on the native plums that serve as a major food source 
for wildlife in that State.
    As stated in the risk management document (RMD) that accompanied 
the

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proposed rule, M. fructigena is a common cause of fruit rot in fruit 
orchards. Required field inspections, packinghouse inspections, and 
port of entry inspections provide sufficient mitigation and have been 
used successfully to mitigate M. fructigena associated with fresh pears 
from China. In addition, culling at the packinghouses, while not 
required in the systems approach, is a standard industry practice that 
removes obviously blemished, diseased, and insect-infested fruits from 
the pathway. Infected or infested fruit found by an inspector will not 
be allowed to enter into the United States. Furthermore, if a pest or 
disease is found at the port of entry, a traceback will be conducted by 
APHIS and the national plant protection organization (NPPO) of Morocco 
to identify the source of the problem. Corrective action, including 
removal of the packinghouse or place of production from the export 
program can then be taken.
    One commenter requested that we consider requiring the use of 
irradiation on fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco to mitigate the risks 
associated with M. fructigena.
    Irradiation is an approved treatment to mitigate the risks 
presented by arthropod plant pests, but is not approved as a treatment 
against fungi, like M. fructigena.
    One commenter asked about the costs associated with inspections and 
whether these inspections would increase the burden on port of entry 
inspectors and cause delays.
    The cost of inspection at the port of entry is covered by the 
agricultural quarantine and inspection user fee and, for inspections 
conducted outside regular business hours at the request of the 
importer/owner of the consignment, a reimbursable overtime charge. As 
discussed in the economic analysis that accompanied the proposed rule, 
Morocco expects to export between 200 and 500 metric tons of fresh 
raspberry fruit to the continental United States annually. This is a 
relatively small amount (about 0.4 to 0.9 percent of U.S. fresh 
raspberry fruit production) and we do not therefore anticipate an 
increase in burden to inspectors, nor do we believe that this action 
will cause delays at the ports.
    One commenter asked how inspectors will be trained to identify M. 
fructigena on fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco.
    Inspectors in Morocco and the United States are already well 
trained in identifying signs and symptoms of pests and diseases, 
including M. fructigena. The fresh raspberry fruit will be inspected 
for symptoms of fungal infections such as brown lesions and tufts 
sprouting from the skin of infected fruit.
    One commenter asked if fruits or vegetables have been inspected and 
certified free of pests or diseases in their country of origin only to 
be found infested or infected upon arrival in the United States.
    Commodities are inspected in their country of origin and again upon 
arrival at the port of entry in the United States. If a consignment is 
found to contain plant pests at the port of entry, the consignment may 
be treated, destroyed, or re-exported.
    One commenter expressed concern about the monitoring and 
enforcement of the systems approach. Specifically, the commenter asked 
how APHIS intends to monitor the NPPO of Morocco to ensure the 
conditions of the systems approach are being met.
    APHIS reserves the right to conduct site visits to Morocco to 
inspect places of production in Morocco and audit the program if pest 
problems occur.
    Finally, we note that the proposed rule was issued prior to the 
October 15, 2018, effective date of a final rule \2\ that revised the 
regulations in Sec.  [thinsp]319.56-4 by broadening an existing 
performance standard to provide for approval of all new fruits and 
vegetables for importation into the United States using a notice-based 
process. That final rule also specified that region- or commodity-
specific phytosanitary requirements for fruits and vegetables would no 
longer be found in the regulations, but instead in APHIS' Fruits and 
Vegetables Import Requirements database (FAVIR). With those changes to 
the regulations, we cannot issue the final regulations as contemplated 
in our August 2016 proposed rule and are therefore discontinuing that 
rulemaking without a final rule. Instead, it is necessary for us to 
finalize this action through the issuance of a notification.
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    \2\ To view the final rule, go to https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2010-0082.
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    Therefore, in accordance with the regulations in Sec.  
[thinsp]319.56-4(c)(3)(iii), we are announcing our decision to 
authorize the importation into the continental United States of fresh 
raspberry fruit from Morocco subject to the following phytosanitary 
measures, which will be listed in FAVIR, available at https://epermits.aphis.usda.gov/manual:
     The NPPO of Morocco must develop an operational workplan, 
subject to APHIS approval, that details the activities that the NPPO of 
Morocco would carry out to comply with the phytosanitary requirements.
     The fresh raspberry fruit may be imported in commercial 
consignments only.
     The fresh raspberry fruit must be grown at a place of 
production that is registered with the NPPO of Morocco.
     During the growing season, raspberries must be inspected 
in the field by the NPPO of Morocco for signs of M. fructigena 
infection no more than 30 days prior to harvest. If the fungal disease 
is detected, the NPPO of Morocco must notify APHIS. APHIS will prohibit 
the importation of fresh raspberry fruit from Morocco into the 
continental United States from the place of production for the 
remainder of the growing season. The exportation of fresh raspberry 
fruit from the rejected place of production may resume in the next 
growing season if an investigation is conducted and APHIS and the NPPO 
of Morocco agree that appropriate remedial actions have been taken.
     The fresh raspberry fruit must be packed in packinghouses 
that are registered with the NPPO of Morocco.
     Detection of M. fructigena infection at a packinghouse may 
result in the suspension of the packinghouse until an investigation is 
conducted and APHIS and the NPPO of Morocco agree to appropriate 
remedial measures.
     Each consignment of fresh raspberry fruit must be 
accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the NPPO of 
Morocco with an additional declaration stating that consignment was 
produced in accordance with the requirements authorized under 7 CFR 
319.56-4, and that the consignment has been inspected prior to export 
from Morocco and found free of M. fructigena.
    In addition to these specific measures, fresh raspberry fruit from 
Morocco will be subject to the general requirements listed in Sec.  
[thinsp]319.56-3 that are applicable to the importation of all fruits 
and vegetables.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 
3501 et seq.), the reporting and recordkeeping requirements included in 
this notification are covered under the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) control number 0579-0049. The estimated annual burden on 
respondents is 119 hours, which will be added to 0579-0049 in the next 
quarterly update.

E-Government Act Compliance

    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is committed to 
compliance with the EGovernment Act to promote the use of the internet 
and

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other information technologies, to provide increased opportunities for 
citizen access to Government information and services, and for other 
purposes. For information pertinent to E-Government Act compliance 
related to this notification, please contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' 
Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483.
    Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this rule 
as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1633, 7701-7772, and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 
136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 19th day of July 2019.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-15704 Filed 7-23-19; 8:45 am]
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