Addition of Vietnam to the List of Regions Affected by African Swine Fever, 40384-40385 [2019-17471]

Download as PDF 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 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 157 / Wednesday, August 14, 2019 / Notices 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. 2019–17471 Filed 8–13–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2014–0075] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of a new system of records. AGENCY: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposes to add a system of records to its inventory of records systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The system of records being proposed is the Agricultural Quarantine Activity System, USDA/APHIS–20. This notice is necessary to meet the requirements of the Privacy Act to publish in the Federal Register notice of the existence and character of record systems maintained by the agency. Although the Privacy Act requires only that the portion of the system which describes the ‘‘routine uses’’ of the system be published for comment, we invite comment on all portions of this notice. DATES: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(4) and (11), this notice will become applicable upon publication, subject to a 30-day notice and comment period in which to comment on the routine uses described below. Please submit any comments by September 13, 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-2014-0075. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2014–0075, 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-2014-0075 or in our jspears on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:56 Aug 13, 2019 Jkt 247001 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 general questions, please contact Mr. Emilio Vasquez, Business System Manager, QPAS, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2257. For Privacy Act questions concerning this system of records notice, please contact Ms. Tonya Woods, Director, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Staff, 4700 River Road, Unit 50, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–4076. For USDA Privacy Act questions, please contact the USDA Chief Privacy Officer, Information Security Center, Office of Chief Information Officer, USDA, Jamie L. Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250; email: USDAPrivacy@ ocio.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), notice is given that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing to add a new system of records, entitled the Agricultural Quarantine Activity System (AQAS), USDA/APHIS–20, which would be used to maintain a record of activities conducted by the agency pursuant to its mission and responsibilities authorized by the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq. and 7 U.S.C. 7781 et seq.); the Honey Bee Act (7 U.S.C. 281 et seq.); and the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.). APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program and Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will use AQAS to record trade-related activities conducted inside the United States. The data associated with trade events includes shipment arrivals, quarantine activities, invasive pest interceptions, and other commodity inspection and pest exclusion actions. This system aids the free flow of agricultural goods into the country by collecting agricultural risk data that ultimately helps to minimize the impact of quarantine activities on trade. Additionally, it records activities conducted by APHIS within the U.S. borders pertaining to detecting the unlawful entry and distribution of prohibited and/or non-compliant PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40385 products that may harbor exotic plant and animal pests, diseases, or invasive species. These activities are captured in AQAS via subsystems that are interrelated, web-based systems, and share a common platform. A complete listing of the subsystems is included in the purposes section of the document published with this notice. APHIS will share information from the system pursuant to the requirements of the Privacy Act and, in the case of its routine uses, when the disclosure is compatible with the purpose for which the information was compiled. A full list of routine uses is included in the routine uses section of the document published with this notice. A report on the new system of records, required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r), as implemented by Office of Management and Budget Circular A–108, was sent to the Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate; the Chairman, Committee on Oversight and Reform, House of Representatives; and the Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Done in Washington, DC, this 8th day of August 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. USDA/APHIS–20 SYSTEM NAME AND NUMBER Agricultural Quarantine Activity System (AQAS), USDA/APHIS–20. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION: None. SYSTEM LOCATION: AQAS servers, files, data, and software are hosted at the National Information Technology Center (NITC), 8930 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO. The AQAS backup system is located at NITC enterprise data centers at 4300 Goodfellow Blvd., St. Louis, MO. SYSTEM MANAGER: Director, Quarantine, Policy, Analysis and Support, Plant Health Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737. AUTHORITY FOR MAINTENANCE OF THE SYSTEM: The Plant Protection Act, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq. and 7 U.S.C. 7781 et seq.; the Honey Bee Act, 7 U.S.C. 281 et seq.; and the Animal Health Protection Act, 7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq. PURPOSES OF THE SYSTEM: The AQAS records agricultural quarantine activities conducted by U.S. E:\FR\FM\14AUN1.SGM 14AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 157 (Wednesday, August 14, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40384-40385]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-17471]


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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

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: 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: [email protected].

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/animal-and-animal-product-import-information/animal-health-status-of-regions/. This list 
is referenced in Sec.  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).


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    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. 2019-17471 Filed 8-13-19; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-34-P