Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Release of Aphalara Itadori for the Biological Control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian Knotweeds, 37825-37826 [2019-16581]

Download as PDF 37825 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 149 Friday, August 2, 2019 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 Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES July 30, 2019. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. 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[FR Doc. 2019–16494 Filed 8–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–KS–P PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0002] Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Release of Aphalara Itadori for the Biological Control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian Knotweeds Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability; reopening of comment period. AGENCY: We are reopening the comment period for an environmental assessment relative to permitting the release of Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica), significant invasive weeds, within the contiguous United States. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. DATES: The comment period for the notice published on May 28, 2019 (84 FR 24463) is reopened. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 26, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2019-0002. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2019–0002, 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-2019-0002 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) 7997039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Colin D. Stewart, Assistant Director, Pests, Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits, Permitting and Compliance SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02AUN1.SGM 02AUN1 37826 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 149 / Friday, August 2, 2019 / Notices Coordination, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1231; (301) 851–2237; email: Colin.Stewart@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 28, 2019, we published in the Federal Register (84 FR 24463, Docket No. APHIS–2019–0002) a notice of availability for an environmental assessment relative to permitting the release of Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica), significant invasive weeds, within the contiguous United States. Comments on the notice were required to be received on or before June 27, 2019. We are reopening the comment period on Docket No. APHIS– 2019–0002 for an additional 60 days. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We will also consider all comments received between June 28, 2019 (the day after the close of the original comment period) and the date of this notice. Done in Washington, DC, this 30th day of July 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–16581 Filed 8–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0043] Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing of a Pseudogymnoascus destructans Vaccine, Live Raccoon Poxvirus Vector (RCN–CAL/SP) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment concerning authorization to ship for the purpose of field testing, and then to field test, an unlicensed Pseudogymnoascus destructans Vaccine, Live Raccoon Poxvirus Vector (RCN–CAL/SP). The environmental assessment, which is based on a risk analysis prepared to assess the risks associated with the field testing of this vaccine, examines the potential effects that field testing this veterinary vaccine could have on the jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:02 Aug 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 quality of the human environment. Based on the risk analysis, we have reached a preliminary determination that field testing this veterinary vaccine will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, and that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. We intend to authorize shipment of this vaccine for field testing following the close of the comment period for this notice unless new substantial issues bearing on the effects of this action are brought to our attention. We also intend to issue a U.S. Veterinary Biological Product license for this vaccine, provided the field test data support the conclusions of the environmental assessment and the issuance of a finding of no significant impact and the product meets all other requirements for licensing. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before September 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2019-0043. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2019–0043, 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-2019-0043 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) 7997039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Barbara J. Sheppard, Senior Staff Veterinary Medical Officer, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton Avenue, Ames, IA 50010; phone (515) 337–6100; fax (515) 337–6120. For information regarding the environmental assessment or the risk analysis, or to request a copy of the environmental assessment (as well as the risk analysis with confidential business information removed), contact Dr. Mathew Erdman, Senior Staff Veterinary Medical Officer, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton Avenue, P.O. Box 844, Ames, IA 50010; phone (515) 337–6100, fax (515) 337– 6120. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act (21 U.S.C. 151 et seq.), a veterinary biological product must be shown to be pure, safe, potent, and efficacious before a veterinary biological product license may be issued. A field test is generally necessary to satisfy prelicensing requirements for veterinary biological products. Prior to conducting a field test on an unlicensed product, an applicant must obtain approval from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), as well as obtain APHIS’ authorization to ship the product for field testing. To determine whether to authorize shipment and grant approval for the field testing of the unlicensed product referenced in this notice, APHIS conducted a risk analysis to assess the potential effects of this product on the safety of animals, public health, and the environment. Based on the risk analysis, APHIS has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) concerning the field testing of the following unlicensed veterinary biological product: Requester: U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center. Product: Pseudogymnoascus destructans Vaccine, Live Raccoon Poxvirus Vector (RCN–CAL/SP). Possible Field Test Locations: Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, or Wisconsin, among others. The above-mentioned product consists of a live recombinant raccoon poxvirus vector expressing two Pseudogymnoascus destructans proteins. The vaccine is for the oral vaccination of bats as an aid in the prevention and control of White-Nose Syndrome. The EA has 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). Unless substantial issues with adverse environmental impacts are raised in response to this notice, APHIS intends to issue a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) based on the EA and authorize shipment of the above product for the initiation of field tests following the close of the comment period for this notice. Because the issues raised by field testing and by issuance of a license are identical, APHIS has concluded that the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\02AUN1.SGM 02AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2019-0002]


Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the 
Release of Aphalara Itadori for the Biological Control of Japanese, 
Giant, and Bohemian Knotweeds

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability; reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for an environmental 
assessment relative to permitting the release of Aphalara itadori for 
the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds 
(Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica), significant 
invasive weeds, within the contiguous United States. This action will 
allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit 
comments.

DATES: The comment period for the notice published on May 28, 2019 (84 
FR 24463) is reopened. We will consider all comments that we receive on 
or before August 26, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0002.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2019-0002, 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-2019-
0002 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) 7997039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Colin D. Stewart, Assistant 
Director, Pests, Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits, Permitting and 
Compliance

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Coordination, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 
20737-1231; (301) 851-2237; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  On May 28, 2019, we published in the 
Federal Register (84 FR 24463, Docket No. APHIS-2019-0002) a notice of 
availability for an environmental assessment relative to permitting the 
release of Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, 
Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, and 
F. x bohemica), significant invasive weeds, within the contiguous 
United States.
    Comments on the notice were required to be received on or before 
June 27, 2019. We are reopening the comment period on Docket No. APHIS-
2019-0002 for an additional 60 days. This action will allow interested 
persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
    We will also consider all comments received between June 28, 2019 
(the day after the close of the original comment period) and the date 
of this notice.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 30th day of July 2019.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-16581 Filed 8-1-19; 8:45 am]
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