Concurrence With OIE Risk Designations for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, 57384-57385 [2019-23343]

Download as PDF 57384 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2019 / Notices the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Food and Nutrition Service Title: Performance Reporting System, Management Evaluation. OMB Control Number: 0584–0010. Summary of Collection: The purpose of the Performance Reporting System is to ensure that each State agency and project area is operating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in accordance with the Act, regulations, and the State agency’s Plan of Operation. Section 11 of the Food and Nutrition Act (the Act) of 2008 requires that State agencies maintain necessary records to ascertain that SNAP is operating in compliance with the Act and regulations and must make these records available to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for inspection. Need and Use of the Information: FNS will use the information to evaluate state agency operations and to collect information that is necessary to develop solutions to improve the State’s administration of SNAP policy and procedures. Each State agency is required to submit one review schedule every one, two, or three years, depending on the project areas make-up of the state. Description of Respondents: State, Local, or Tribal Government. Number of Respondents: 53. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 491,172. Food and Nutrition Service Title: Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP). OMB Control Number: 0584–0541. Summary of Collection: This submission is a revision of a currently approved collection which covers the reporting and recordkeeping burden associated with the Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, OMB #0584– 0541. The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the 2002 Farm Bill), Public Law 107–171, authorized the SFMNP as a competitive grant program beginning Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 and gave USDA the authority to develop Federal regulations guiding the administration of the SFMNP. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115–334 (the 2018 Farm Bill), provided continued funding for the SFMNP through FY 2023. Federal regulations governing the SFMNP (7 Code of Federal Regulations, part 249) require that certain program-related information be collected and that full and complete records concerning VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Oct 24, 2019 Jkt 250001 SFMNP operations are maintained. The information reporting and recordkeeping burdens are necessary to ensure appropriate and efficient management of the SFMNP. Need and Use of the Information: The information collected is used by USDA to manage, plan, evaluate, make decisions, and report on SFMNP program operations. FNS uses the information collection to assess how each SFMNP State agency operates; to ensure regulatory compliance of State agencies, local agencies, and farmers/ farmers’ markets/roadside stands/CSA programs; to make program management decisions; and to report to Congress as needed. Description of Respondents: State, Local, or Tribal Governments; Individuals and Households; Small Businesses (authorized outlets). Number of Respondents: 854,090. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually. Total Burden Hours: 449,090. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–23306 Filed 10–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0053] Concurrence With OIE Risk Designations for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public of our preliminary concurrence with the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE) bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk designations for Ecuador and Serbia. The OIE recognizes Ecuador as being of controlled risk for BSE and Serbia as being of negligible risk for BSE. We are taking this action based on our review of information supporting the OIE’s risk designations for these regions. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 24, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0053. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 APHIS–2019–0053, 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-2019-0053 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: Dr. Tracy McCracken, Staff Officer, Strategy & Policy, Regionalization Evaluation Services, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737; phone (301) 851–3461; Tracy.McCracken@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 92 subpart B, ‘‘Importation of Animals and Animal Products; Procedures for Requesting BSE Risk Status Classification With Regard To Bovines’’ (referred to below as the regulations), set forth the process by which the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) classifies regions for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk. Section 92.5 of the regulations provides that all countries of the world are considered by APHIS to be in one of three BSE risk categories: Negligible risk, controlled risk, or undetermined risk. These risk categories are defined in § 92.1. Any region that is not classified by APHIS as presenting either negligible risk or controlled risk for BSE is considered to present an undetermined risk. The list of those regions classified by APHIS as having either negligible risk or controlled risk can be accessed on the APHIS website at https:// www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/ animalhealth/animal-and-animalproduct-import-information/animalhealth-status-of-regions. The list can also be obtained by writing to APHIS at Regionalization Evaluation Services, 4700 River Road, Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737. Under the regulations, APHIS may classify a region for BSE in one of two ways. One way is for regions that have not received a risk classification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to request classification by APHIS. The other way is for APHIS to concur with the classification given to a country or region by the OIE. If the OIE has classified a region as either BSE negligible risk or BSE E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2019 / Notices controlled risk, APHIS will seek information to support concurrence with the OIE classification. This information may be publicly available information, or APHIS may request that regions supply the same information given to the OIE. APHIS will announce in the Federal Register, subject to public comment, its intent to concur with an OIE classification. In accordance with this process, we are giving notice in this document that APHIS intends to concur with the OIE risk classifications of the following regions: • Regions of negligible risk for BSE: Serbia. • Regions of controlled risk for BSE: Ecuador. The OIE recommendations regarding each of the above countries can be viewed at http://www.oie.int/animalhealth-in-the-world/official-diseasestatus/bse/list-of-bse-risk-status/. The conclusions of the OIE scientific commission for these regions can be viewed at https://www.oie.int/ fileadmin/Home/eng/Internationa_ Standard_Setting/docs/pdf/SCAD/A_ SCAD_Feb2019.pdf (page 71 for Ecuador and page 68 for Serbia). After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our final determination regarding the BSE classification of these regions in the Federal Register, along with a discussion of and response to pertinent issues raised by commenters. If APHIS recognizes the OIE negligible BSE risk designation of Serbia and/or the controlled risk BSE designation of Ecuador, the Agency will include those regions of negligible risk or controlled risk for BSE, as applicable, that is available to the public on the Agency’s website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animaland-animal-product-importinformation/animal-health-status-ofregions. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622 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 21st day of October 2019. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2019–23343 Filed 10–24–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Oct 24, 2019 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0072] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. ACTION: 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 the regulations for the introduction of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering. SUMMARY: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before December 24, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0072. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2019–0072, 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-2019-0072 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 introduction of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering, contact Ms. Cynthia A. Eck, Document Control Officer, Communications Group, BRS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 146, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3892. For more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851–2483. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57385 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 7 CFR part 340; Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering. OMB Control Number: 0579–0085. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: Under the Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to prohibit or restrict the importation, entry, or movement in interstate commerce of any plant, plant product, biological control organism, noxious weed, article, or means of conveyance, if the Secretary determines that the prohibition or restriction is necessary to prevent the introduction or the dissemination of a plant pest into the United States. Under this authority, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has established regulations in 7 CFR part 340, ‘‘Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering Which Are Plant Pests or Which There is Reason to Believe Are Plant Pests,’’ that govern the introduction (importation, interstate movement, or release into the environment) of covered genetically engineered organisms and products (‘‘regulated articles’’). A permit must be obtained or a notification acknowledged before a regulated article may be introduced. The regulations set forth the permit application requirements and the notification procedures for the introduction of a regulated article and necessitate certain activities including APHIS-issued permits, petitions, appeals, labeling containers, applicants’ field testing records, documentation for approved training programs, submission of protocols to ensure compliance, memorandums of understanding, grants, and recordkeeping. 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; E:\FR\FM\25OCN1.SGM 25OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2019-0053]


Concurrence With OIE Risk Designations for Bovine Spongiform 
Encephalopathy

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public of our preliminary concurrence with 
the World Organization for Animal Health's (OIE) bovine spongiform 
encephalopathy (BSE) risk designations for Ecuador and Serbia. The OIE 
recognizes Ecuador as being of controlled risk for BSE and Serbia as 
being of negligible risk for BSE. We are taking this action based on 
our review of information supporting the OIE's risk designations for 
these regions.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
December 24, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0053.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2019-0053, 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-
0053 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: Dr. Tracy McCracken, Staff Officer, 
Strategy & Policy, Regionalization Evaluation Services, 4700 River 
Road, Riverdale, MD 20737; phone (301) 851-3461; 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 92 subpart B, 
``Importation of Animals and Animal Products; Procedures for Requesting 
BSE Risk Status Classification With Regard To Bovines'' (referred to 
below as the regulations), set forth the process by which the Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) classifies regions for 
bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk. Section 92.5 of the 
regulations provides that all countries of the world are considered by 
APHIS to be in one of three BSE risk categories: Negligible risk, 
controlled risk, or undetermined risk. These risk categories are 
defined in Sec.  92.1. Any region that is not classified by APHIS as 
presenting either negligible risk or controlled risk for BSE is 
considered to present an undetermined risk. The list of those regions 
classified by APHIS as having either negligible risk or controlled risk 
can be accessed on the APHIS website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-and-animal-product-import-information/animal-health-status-of-regions. The list can also be 
obtained by writing to APHIS at Regionalization Evaluation Services, 
4700 River Road, Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737.
    Under the regulations, APHIS may classify a region for BSE in one 
of two ways. One way is for regions that have not received a risk 
classification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to 
request classification by APHIS. The other way is for APHIS to concur 
with the classification given to a country or region by the OIE.
    If the OIE has classified a region as either BSE negligible risk or 
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controlled risk, APHIS will seek information to support concurrence 
with the OIE classification. This information may be publicly available 
information, or APHIS may request that regions supply the same 
information given to the OIE. APHIS will announce in the Federal 
Register, subject to public comment, its intent to concur with an OIE 
classification.
    In accordance with this process, we are giving notice in this 
document that APHIS intends to concur with the OIE risk classifications 
of the following regions:
     Regions of negligible risk for BSE: Serbia.
     Regions of controlled risk for BSE: Ecuador.
    The OIE recommendations regarding each of the above countries can 
be viewed at http://www.oie.int/animal-health-in-the-world/official-disease-status/bse/list-of-bse-risk-status/. The conclusions of the OIE 
scientific commission for these regions can be viewed at https://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/eng/Internationa_Standard_Setting/docs/pdf/SCAD/A_SCAD_Feb2019.pdf (page 71 for Ecuador and page 68 for Serbia).
    After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our final 
determination regarding the BSE classification of these regions in the 
Federal Register, along with a discussion of and response to pertinent 
issues raised by commenters. If APHIS recognizes the OIE negligible BSE 
risk designation of Serbia and/or the controlled risk BSE designation 
of Ecuador, the Agency will include those regions of negligible risk or 
controlled risk for BSE, as applicable, that is available to the public 
on the Agency's website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-and-animal-product-import-information/animal-health-status-of-regions.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 1622 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 21st day of October 2019.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-23343 Filed 10-24-19; 8:45 am]
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