Notice of Determination; Changes to the Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards, 55274 [2019-22453]

Download as PDF 55274 Notices Federal Register Vol. 84, No. 200 Wednesday, October 16, 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–2018–0011] Notice of Determination; Changes to the Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program Standards Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are updating the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Herd Certification Program Standards. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment proposed changes to the CWD Program Standards to provide guidance on how to meet CWD Herd Certification Program and interstate movement requirements. SUMMARY: The updated program standards became available on May 20, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tracy Nichols, Staff Officer, Cervid Health Team, Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services, VS, APHIS, USDA, 2150 Centre Avenue, Bldg. B, Fort Collins, CO 80526; (970) 494–7380. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of cervids (members of Cervidae, the deer family). Species currently known to be susceptible to CWD include elk, mule deer, moose, white-tailed deer, sika deer, muntjac, reindeer, and black-tailed deer. In 2014, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) implemented the National CWD Herd Certification Program (HCP), a voluntary Federal-State-industry cooperative program administered by APHIS and implemented by participating States. Currently, 28 States participate in the program. States and herd owners khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:55 Oct 15, 2019 Jkt 250001 choosing to participate must comply with the provisions of 9 CFR parts 55 and 81 (referred to below as the regulations), which include requirements for animal identification, interstate movement, fencing, recordkeeping, herd inspections and inventories, animal mortality testing, and response to any findings of CWDexposed, -suspect, or -positive herds. APHIS monitors the approved State HCPs to ensure consistency with Federal standards by means of annual State reporting. With each year of successful surveillance, participating herds will advance in status. After 5 years with no evidence of CWD, APHIS will certify the herd for CWD. Only captive cervids from certified herds for CWD may move interstate. On March 29, 2018, we published in the Federal Register (83 FR 13469– 13470, Docket No. APHIS–2018–0011) a notice of availability of a revised version of the CWD Herd Certification Program Standards. These standards provide guidance on how to meet the program and interstate movement requirements referenced above. The proposed revisions addressed concerns of State and industry participants about the existing standards. We solicited comments on the CWD Herd Certification Program Standards for 30 days ending on April 30, 2018. We extended the deadline for comments until May 30, 2018, in a document published in the Federal Register on April 26, 2018 (83 FR 18264, Docket No. APHIS–2018–0011).1 We received 334 comments by that date. They were from producers, industry groups, representatives of State governments, and private citizens. We received a number of comments on the content of the regulations themselves and not on the specifics of the revised CWD Program Standards. As the notice only served to alert the public of the availability of that document for review and comment, any comments focusing on the regulations themselves are outside the scope of the request for comment and will not be addressed. The remaining comments provided valuable insight into stakeholder concerns and priorities. 1 To view the notice, the CWD Herd Certification Standards, and the comments we received, go to https://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2018-0011. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 After reviewing the comments, where practicable and within the bounds of our authority, we made changes to the CWD Program Standards in order to address commenter concerns while maintaining program integrity. The revisions cover a variety of topics including: Adding guidelines for live animal testing in specific situations; clarifying how disease investigations should be handled; aligning with the regulatory requirement for mortality testing; simplifying fencing requirements; adding biosecurity recommendations; and describing the Agency’s intended approach to update the CWD-susceptible species list. We also outline factors for determining indemnity and include a table with possible reductions in herd certification status that States may consider for herd owners that do not submit required mortality surveillance samples or consistently submit unusable testing samples. The revised CWD Program Standards are in effect and may be found on the internet at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ aphis/newsroom/stakeholder-info/sa_ by_date/2019/sa-05/cwd-standards. Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this action as a non-major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Done in Washington, DC, this 9th day of October 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–22453 Filed 10–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Business-Cooperative Service Inviting Applications for Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center Grants Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This Notice announces that the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is accepting fiscal year (FY) 2019 applications for the Agriculture Innovation Demonstration Center (AIC) program. In FY 2019, the program has $3,500,000 available for funding. If SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16OCN1.SGM 16OCN1

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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.

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Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 16, 2019 / 
Notices

[[Page 55274]]



DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011]


Notice of Determination; Changes to the Chronic Wasting Disease 
Herd Certification Program Standards

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are updating the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Herd 
Certification Program Standards. In a previous notice, we made 
available to the public for review and comment proposed changes to the 
CWD Program Standards to provide guidance on how to meet CWD Herd 
Certification Program and interstate movement requirements.

DATES: The updated program standards became available on May 20, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tracy Nichols, Staff Officer, 
Cervid Health Team, Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services, 
VS, APHIS, USDA, 2150 Centre Avenue, Bldg. B, Fort Collins, CO 80526; 
(970) 494-7380.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a 
transmissible spongiform encephalopathy of cervids (members of 
Cervidae, the deer family). Species currently known to be susceptible 
to CWD include elk, mule deer, moose, white-tailed deer, sika deer, 
muntjac, reindeer, and black-tailed deer.
    In 2014, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) 
implemented the National CWD Herd Certification Program (HCP), a 
voluntary Federal-State-industry cooperative program administered by 
APHIS and implemented by participating States. Currently, 28 States 
participate in the program. States and herd owners choosing to 
participate must comply with the provisions of 9 CFR parts 55 and 81 
(referred to below as the regulations), which include requirements for 
animal identification, interstate movement, fencing, recordkeeping, 
herd inspections and inventories, animal mortality testing, and 
response to any findings of CWD-exposed, -suspect, or -positive herds. 
APHIS monitors the approved State HCPs to ensure consistency with 
Federal standards by means of annual State reporting. With each year of 
successful surveillance, participating herds will advance in status. 
After 5 years with no evidence of CWD, APHIS will certify the herd for 
CWD. Only captive cervids from certified herds for CWD may move 
interstate.
    On March 29, 2018, we published in the Federal Register (83 FR 
13469-13470, Docket No. APHIS-2018-0011) a notice of availability of a 
revised version of the CWD Herd Certification Program Standards. These 
standards provide guidance on how to meet the program and interstate 
movement requirements referenced above. The proposed revisions 
addressed concerns of State and industry participants about the 
existing standards.
    We solicited comments on the CWD Herd Certification Program 
Standards for 30 days ending on April 30, 2018. We extended the 
deadline for comments until May 30, 2018, in a document published in 
the Federal Register on April 26, 2018 (83 FR 18264, Docket No. APHIS-
2018-0011).\1\ We received 334 comments by that date. They were from 
producers, industry groups, representatives of State governments, and 
private citizens. We received a number of comments on the content of 
the regulations themselves and not on the specifics of the revised CWD 
Program Standards. As the notice only served to alert the public of the 
availability of that document for review and comment, any comments 
focusing on the regulations themselves are outside the scope of the 
request for comment and will not be addressed. The remaining comments 
provided valuable insight into stakeholder concerns and priorities.
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    \1\ To view the notice, the CWD Herd Certification Standards, 
and the comments we received, go to https://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2018-0011.
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    After reviewing the comments, where practicable and within the 
bounds of our authority, we made changes to the CWD Program Standards 
in order to address commenter concerns while maintaining program 
integrity. The revisions cover a variety of topics including: Adding 
guidelines for live animal testing in specific situations; clarifying 
how disease investigations should be handled; aligning with the 
regulatory requirement for mortality testing; simplifying fencing 
requirements; adding biosecurity recommendations; and describing the 
Agency's intended approach to update the CWD-susceptible species list. 
We also outline factors for determining indemnity and include a table 
with possible reductions in herd certification status that States may 
consider for herd owners that do not submit required mortality 
surveillance samples or consistently submit unusable testing samples.
    The revised CWD Program Standards are in effect and may be found on 
the internet at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/newsroom/stakeholder-info/sa_by_date/2019/sa-05/cwd-standards.
    Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this action 
as a non-major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

    Done in Washington, DC, this 9th day of October 2019.
 Kevin Shea,
 Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-22453 Filed 10-15-19; 8:45 am]
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