Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Release of Cheilosia urbana for Biological Control of Invasive Hawkweeds, 49979-49980 [2019-20583]

Download as PDF 49979 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 185 Tuesday, September 24, 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 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES September 18, 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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Based on our finding of no significant impact, we have determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. 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: Hawkweeds are invasive weeds of moist pastures, forest meadows, and mountain rangelands with a moderate amount of moisture. Habitats most vulnerable to invasion include human-disturbed sites, such as roadsides and hayfields, and abandoned farmland. The following hawkweeds are considered noxious in many western States and are currently targets for biological control: Pilosella flagellaris (whiplash hawkweed), Pilosella floribunda (king devil hawkweed), Pilosella glomerata (queen devil or yellow devil hawkweed), Pilosella officinarum (mouse-ear hawkweed), and Pilosella piloselloides (tall hawkweed). Cheilosia urbana is a very common and widespread hoverfly in Europe. The fly’s potential range in North America is expected to match much of the distributions of the targeted Pilosella (hawkweed) species that occur in the northwestern United States and northeastern United States, including southwestern and southeastern Canada. Permitting the release of Cheilosia urbana is necessary to reduce the severity of invasive hawkweed infestations and economic losses since other alternatives are not effective or feasible. On May 28, 2019, we published in the Federal Register (84 FR 24463, Docket No. APHIS–2019–0017) a notice 1 in which we announced the availability, for public review and comment, of an environmental assessment (EA) that examined the potential environmental impacts associated with the release of Cheilosia urbana for the biological control of invasive hawkweeds within the contiguous United States. We solicited comments on the EA for 30 days ending June 27, 2019. We received eight comments by that date. Six of those comments were in favor of the release of the biological control agents. One comment was a general comment against the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) but raised no substantive issues. One comment raised questions regarding impacts on native hawkweeds. This last comment is addressed in Appendix 6 of the final EA. In this document, we are advising the public of our finding of no significant impact (FONSI) regarding the release of Cheilosia urbana for the biological control of invasive hawkweeds within the contiguous United States. The finding, which is based on the EA, reflects our determination that release of the Cheilosia urbana will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Concurrent with this announcement, we will issue a permit for the release of Cheilosia urbana for the biological control of invasive hawkweeds. The EA and FONSI may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website (see footnote 1). Copies of the EA and FONSI are also available for public inspection at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing to inspect copies are requested to call ahead on (202) 799–7039 to facilitate entry into the reading room. In addition, copies may be obtained by calling or writing to the individual listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. The EA and FONSI have 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 17th day of September 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–20583 Filed 9–23–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P 1 To view the notice, supporting documents, and the comments we received, go to https:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2019-0017. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:37 Sep 23, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0060] Notice of Request for an Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: 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 an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the interstate movement of certain land tortoises. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before November 25, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0060. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2019–0060, 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 https:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= APHIS-2019-0060 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 on the land tortoises program, contact Dr. Alicia Marston, Staff Veterinary Medical Officer, Strategy & Policy, Veterinary Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3361. For more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2483. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Interstate Movement of Certain Land Tortoises. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 185 (Tuesday, September 24, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2019-0017]


Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact for the Release of Cheilosia urbana for Biological 
Control of Invasive Hawkweeds

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have prepared an 
environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative 
to the release of the hoverfly Cheilosia urbana for the biological 
control of hawkweeds

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(Pilosella species), a significant invasive weed, within the contiguous 
United States. Based on our finding of no significant impact, we have 
determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.

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: Hawkweeds are invasive weeds of moist 
pastures, forest meadows, and mountain rangelands with a moderate 
amount of moisture. Habitats most vulnerable to invasion include human-
disturbed sites, such as roadsides and hayfields, and abandoned 
farmland. The following hawkweeds are considered noxious in many 
western States and are currently targets for biological control: 
Pilosella flagellaris (whiplash hawkweed), Pilosella floribunda (king 
devil hawkweed), Pilosella glomerata (queen devil or yellow devil 
hawkweed), Pilosella officinarum (mouse-ear hawkweed), and Pilosella 
piloselloides (tall hawkweed).
    Cheilosia urbana is a very common and widespread hoverfly in 
Europe. The fly's potential range in North America is expected to match 
much of the distributions of the targeted Pilosella (hawkweed) species 
that occur in the northwestern United States and northeastern United 
States, including southwestern and southeastern Canada. Permitting the 
release of Cheilosia urbana is necessary to reduce the severity of 
invasive hawkweed infestations and economic losses since other 
alternatives are not effective or feasible.
    On May 28, 2019, we published in the Federal Register (84 FR 24463, 
Docket No. APHIS-2019-0017) a notice \1\ in which we announced the 
availability, for public review and comment, of an environmental 
assessment (EA) that examined the potential environmental impacts 
associated with the release of Cheilosia urbana for the biological 
control of invasive hawkweeds within the contiguous United States.
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    \1\ To view the notice, supporting documents, and the comments 
we received, go to https://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0017.
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    We solicited comments on the EA for 30 days ending June 27, 2019. 
We received eight comments by that date. Six of those comments were in 
favor of the release of the biological control agents. One comment was 
a general comment against the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) but raised no substantive issues. One comment raised 
questions regarding impacts on native hawkweeds. This last comment is 
addressed in Appendix 6 of the final EA.
    In this document, we are advising the public of our finding of no 
significant impact (FONSI) regarding the release of Cheilosia urbana 
for the biological control of invasive hawkweeds within the contiguous 
United States. The finding, which is based on the EA, reflects our 
determination that release of the Cheilosia urbana will not have a 
significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Concurrent 
with this announcement, we will issue a permit for the release of 
Cheilosia urbana for the biological control of invasive hawkweeds.
    The EA and FONSI may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website (see 
footnote 1). Copies of the EA and FONSI are also available for public 
inspection at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th Street and 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except holidays. Persons wishing to inspect 
copies are requested to call ahead on (202) 799-7039 to facilitate 
entry into the reading room. In addition, copies may be obtained by 
calling or writing to the individual listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.
    The EA and FONSI have 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 17th day of September 2019.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-20583 Filed 9-23-19; 8:45 am]
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