Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Release of Sericothrips staphylinus for Biological Control of Gorse, 43099 [2019-17809]

Download as PDF 43099 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 161 Tuesday, August 20, 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 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0048] Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the Release of Sericothrips staphylinus for Biological Control of Gorse Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment relative to permitting the release of Sericothrips staphylinus for the biological control of gorse, a spiny shrub, within the contiguous United States. Based on the environmental assessment and other relevant data, we have reached a preliminary determination that the release of this control agent will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. We are making the environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before September 19, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0048. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2019–0048, 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-2019-0048 or in our jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 Aug 19, 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) 7997039 before coming. 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: During the late 1800s, gorse was introduced into North America from Western Europe. Gorse (Ulex eurpaeus) is a spiny shrub found in eastern States, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. This plant is most often a pest of disturbed sites in open wild or less-developed areas where management is minimal or non-existent. Gorse’s invasiveness is most prolific in the maritime climate within a few miles of the ocean, where sandy soils and rocky outcrops are especially vulnerable to invasion. Gorse’s impacts include displacement of native plants, including forest tree saplings, reduction in the quality of wildlife habitats, increased fire hazard, interference in rights-of-way and recreation sites, and reduced livestock forage production. The insect Sericothrips staphylinus was chosen as a potential biological control agent. Although specific information as to the extent of its range has been difficult to obtain, the native distribution of the agent is assumed to overlap with the majority of the range of gorse in Europe. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS’) review and analysis of the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed release are documented in detail in an environmental assessment (EA) entitled ‘‘Field Release of the thrips Sericothrips staphylinus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) for biological control of gorse, Ulex europaeus (Fabaceae), in the contiguous United States’’ (July 2019). We are making the EA available to the public for review and comment. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before the date listed under the heading DATES at the beginning of this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The EA may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website or in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for a link to Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may also request paper copies of the EA by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the title of the EA when requesting copies. 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). Done in Washington, DC, this 14th day of August 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 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Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 20, 2019 / 
Notices

[[Page 43099]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2019-0048]


Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment for the 
Release of Sericothrips staphylinus for Biological Control of Gorse

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment relative to 
permitting the release of Sericothrips staphylinus for the biological 
control of gorse, a spiny shrub, within the contiguous United States. 
Based on the environmental assessment and other relevant data, we have 
reached a preliminary determination that the release of this control 
agent will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human 
environment. We are making the environmental assessment available to 
the public for review and comment.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
September 19, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0048.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2019-0048, 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-
0048 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 Coordination, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2327, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: During the late 1800s, gorse was introduced 
into North America from Western Europe. Gorse (Ulex eurpaeus) is a 
spiny shrub found in eastern States, Washington, Oregon, California, 
and Hawaii. This plant is most often a pest of disturbed sites in open 
wild or less-developed areas where management is minimal or non-
existent. Gorse's invasiveness is most prolific in the maritime climate 
within a few miles of the ocean, where sandy soils and rocky outcrops 
are especially vulnerable to invasion. Gorse's impacts include 
displacement of native plants, including forest tree saplings, 
reduction in the quality of wildlife habitats, increased fire hazard, 
interference in rights-of-way and recreation sites, and reduced 
livestock forage production.
    The insect Sericothrips staphylinus was chosen as a potential 
biological control agent. Although specific information as to the 
extent of its range has been difficult to obtain, the native 
distribution of the agent is assumed to overlap with the majority of 
the range of gorse in Europe.
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS') review 
and analysis of the potential environmental impacts associated with the 
proposed release are documented in detail in an environmental 
assessment (EA) entitled ``Field Release of the thrips Sericothrips 
staphylinus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) for biological control of gorse, 
Ulex europaeus (Fabaceae), in the contiguous United States'' (July 
2019). We are making the EA available to the public for review and 
comment. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before the 
date listed under the heading DATES at the beginning of this notice.
    The EA may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website or in our 
reading room (see ADDRESSES above for a link to Regulations.gov and 
information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may 
also request paper copies of the EA by calling or writing to the person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the title 
of the EA when requesting copies.
    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).

    Done in Washington, DC, this 14th day of August 2019.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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