Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Irradiation Phytosanitary Treatment of Imported Fruits and Vegetables, 40383-40384 [2019-17467]

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[FR Doc. 2019–17361 Filed 8–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0041] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Irradiation Phytosanitary Treatment of Imported Fruits and Vegetables 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 regulations for the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment of imported fruits and vegetables. SUMMARY: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before October 15, 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-2019-0041. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2019–0041, 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/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2019-0041 or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th DATES: jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Overtime 40383 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Aug 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 regarding the regulations for the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment of imported fruits and vegetables, contact Ms. Kara Spofford, Offshore Certification Specialist, PPQ Preclearance and Offshore Programs, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737–1236; (301) 851–2241. For more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2483. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Irradiation Phytosanitary Treatment of Imported Fruits and Vegetables. OMB Control Number: 0579–0155. 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 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to regulate the importation of plants, plant products (including fruits and vegetables), and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests and noxious weeds into the United States. Regulations governing the importation of fruits and vegetables are set out in ‘‘Subpart L–Fruits and Vegetables’’ (7 CFR 319.56–1 through 319.56–12). In accordance with these regulations, some fruits and vegetables from certain regions of the world must be treated for pests in order to be eligible for entry into the United States. The regulations in 7 CFR part 305 provide, among other things, for the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment for some fruits and vegetables imported into the United States. Irradiation treatment provides protection against all insect pests, PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 except adults and pupae of the order Lepidoptera. Irradiation treatment may be used as an alternative to other approved treatments for pests in fruits and vegetables, such as fumigation, cold treatment, heat treatment, and other techniques. The regulations concerning irradiation treatment involve the collection of information such as a compliance agreement, dosimetry agreement at the irradiation facility, request for dosimetry device approval, 30-day notification, labeling and packaging, recordkeeping, request for certification and inspection of facility, irradiation treatment workplan, facility preclearance workplan, trust fund agreement, phytosanitary certificate, denial and withdrawal of certification, and limited permit. 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. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.038 hours per response. Respondents: National plant protection organizations of exporting countries, irradiation facility operators, E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1 40384 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 14, 2019 / Notices and U.S. importers of fruits and vegetables. Estimated annual number of respondents: 43. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 483. Estimated annual number of responses: 20,774. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 805 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 8th day of August 2019. Michael Watson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–17467 Filed 8–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0026] Addition of Cambodia to the List of Regions Affected by African Swine Fever Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we have added Cambodia to the list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service considers to be affected with African swine fever (ASF). We are taking this action because of the confirmation of ASF in Cambodia. DATES: Cambodia was added to the APHIS list of regions considered affected with ASF on April 4, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Ingrid Kotowski, Regionalization Evaluation Services, Veterinary Services, APHIS, 920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27606; (919) 855–7732; email: ingrid.kotowski@ usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 94 (referred to below as the regulations) govern the importation of specified animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into the United States of various animal diseases, including African swine fever (ASF). ASF is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic swine that can spread rapidly jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Aug 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 in swine populations with extremely high rates of morbidity and mortality. A list of regions where ASF exists or is reasonably believed to exist is maintained on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animaland-animal-product-importinformation/animal-health-status-ofregions/. This list is referenced in § 94.8(a)(2) of the regulations. Section 94.8(a)(3) of the regulations states that APHIS will add a region to that list upon determining ASF exists in the region, based on reports APHIS receives of outbreaks of the disease from veterinary officials of the exporting country, from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), or from other sources the Administrator determines to be reliable, or upon determining that there is reason to believe the disease exists in the region. On April 3, 2019, the veterinary authorities of Cambodia reported to the OIE the occurrence of ASF in that country. In response to this outbreak, on April 4, 2019, APHIS added Cambodia to the list of regions where ASF exists or is reasonably believed to exist. As a result, pork and pork products from Cambodia, including casings, are subject to APHIS import restrictions designed to mitigate the risk of ASF introduction into the United States. Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this action as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1633, 7701–7772, 7781–7786, and 8301–8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.4. Done in Washington, DC, this 8th day of August 2019. Michael Watson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–17468 Filed 8–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0020] Addition of Vietnam to the List of Regions Affected by African Swine Fever Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 We are advising the public that we have added Vietnam to the list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service considers to be affected with African swine fever (ASF). We are taking this action because of the confirmation of ASF in Vietnam. DATES: Vietnam was added to the APHIS list of regions considered affected with ASF on February 18, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Hatim Gubara, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Regionalization Evaluation Services, Strategy and Policy, Veterinary Services, 4700 River Road, Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 220737; phone: (301) 851–3310; email: hatim.gubara@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 94 (referred to below as the regulations) govern the importation of specified animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into the United States of various animal diseases, including African swine fever (ASF). ASF is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic swine that can spread rapidly in swine populations with extremely high rates of morbidity and mortality. A list of regions where ASF exists or is reasonably believed to exist is maintained on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animaland-animal-product-importinformation/animal-health-status-ofregions/. This list is referenced in § 94.8(a)(2) of the regulations. Section 94.8(a)(3) of the regulations states that APHIS will add a region to that list upon determining ASF exists in the region, based on reports APHIS receives of outbreaks of the disease from veterinary officials of the exporting country, from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), or from other sources the Administrator determines to be reliable, or upon determining that there is reason to believe the disease exists in the region. On February 20, 2019, the veterinary authorities of Vietnam reported to the OIE confirmation of an ASF outbreak on February 18, 2019. In response to this outbreak, APHIS has added Vietnam to the list of regions where ASF exists or is reasonably believed to exist. As a result, pork and pork products from Vietnam, including casings, are subject to APHIS import restrictions designed to mitigate the risk of ASF introduction into the United States. Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this action as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 157 (Wednesday, August 14, 2019)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-17467]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2019-0041]


Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Irradiation Phytosanitary Treatment of Imported 
Fruits and Vegetables

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 regulations for the use of 
irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment of imported fruits and 
vegetables.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
October 15, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0041.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2019-0041, 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-
0041 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 regarding the 
regulations for the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment of 
imported fruits and vegetables, contact Ms. Kara Spofford, Offshore 
Certification Specialist, PPQ Preclearance and Offshore Programs, PHP, 
PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 
851-2241. For more detailed information on the information collection, 
contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, 
at (301) 851-2483.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Irradiation Phytosanitary Treatment of Imported Fruits and 
Vegetables.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0155.
    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 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United 
States Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to 
regulate the importation of plants, plant products (including fruits 
and vegetables), and other articles to prevent the introduction of 
plant pests and noxious weeds into the United States.
    Regulations governing the importation of fruits and vegetables are 
set out in ``Subpart L-Fruits and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 319.56-1 through 
319.56-12). In accordance with these regulations, some fruits and 
vegetables from certain regions of the world must be treated for pests 
in order to be eligible for entry into the United States. The 
regulations in 7 CFR part 305 provide, among other things, for the use 
of irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment for some fruits and 
vegetables imported into the United States. Irradiation treatment 
provides protection against all insect pests, except adults and pupae 
of the order Lepidoptera. Irradiation treatment may be used as an 
alternative to other approved treatments for pests in fruits and 
vegetables, such as fumigation, cold treatment, heat treatment, and 
other techniques.
    The regulations concerning irradiation treatment involve the 
collection of information such as a compliance agreement, dosimetry 
agreement at the irradiation facility, request for dosimetry device 
approval, 30-day notification, labeling and packaging, recordkeeping, 
request for certification and inspection of facility, irradiation 
treatment workplan, facility preclearance workplan, trust fund 
agreement, phytosanitary certificate, denial and withdrawal of 
certification, and limited permit.
    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.
    Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.038 hours per response.
    Respondents: National plant protection organizations of exporting 
countries, irradiation facility operators,

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and U.S. importers of fruits and vegetables.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 43.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 483.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 20,774.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 805 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 8th day of August 2019.
Michael Watson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-17467 Filed 8-13-19; 8:45 am]
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