Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Bees and Related Articles, 38109-38110 [2020-13686]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 123 / Thursday, June 25, 2020 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.15 hour per response. Respondents: State animal health officials, accredited veterinarians, and livestock marketing, slaughtering, and rendering establishment owners and employees. Estimated annual number of respondents: 784. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 8.5. Estimated annual number of responses: 6,635. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 993 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 22nd day of June 2020. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2020–13735 Filed 6–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 Jun 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2020–0055] Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Bees and Related Articles 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 an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of bees and related articles into the United States. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 24, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0055. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2020–0055, 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-2020-0055 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. SUMMARY: For information on the regulations for the importation of bees and related articles, contact Mr. Wayne Wehling, Senior Entomologist, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–2336; wayne.f.wehling@ usda.gov. For information on the information collection process, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2483; joseph.moxey@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Bees and Related Articles. OMB Control Number: 0579–0207. Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38109 Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States or their dissemination within the United States. Under the Honeybee Act (7 U.S.C. 281 through 286), the Secretary is authorized to prohibit or restrict the importation of honeybees and honeybee semen to prevent the introduction into the United States of diseases and parasites harmful to honeybees and of undesirable species such as the African honeybee. This authority has been delegated to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The establishment of certain bee diseases, parasites, or undesirable species and subspecies of honeybees in the United States could cause substantial reductions in pollination by bees. These reductions could cause serious damage to crops and other plants and result in substantial financial losses to American agriculture. Regulations for the importation of honeybees and honeybee semen and regulations to prevent the introduction of exotic bee diseases and parasites through the importation of bees other than honeybees, certain beekeeping products, and used beekeeping equipment are contained in 7 CFR part 322, ‘‘Bees, Beekeeping Byproducts, and Beekeeping Equipment.’’ These regulations require the use of certain information collection activities, including application for a permit, State consultation, written agreement to permit conditions, appealing denial of a permit application or revocation of permit, packaging and labeling, notice of arrival for shipments from approved regions, transit shipment, port of entry inspection, notification of escaped organisms, emergency action notification, request for release, request for risk assessment, request for facility approval, and recordkeeping for containment facilities. We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities 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 E:\FR\FM\25JNN1.SGM 25JNN1 38110 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 123 / Thursday, June 25, 2020 / Notices 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; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.25 hours per response. Respondents: Importers, exporters, and shippers of bees and related articles; foreign and State governments; and containment facilities. Estimated annual number of respondents: 18. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 12. Estimated annual number of responses: 210. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 50 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 19th day of June 2020. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2020–13686 Filed 6–24–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. APHIS–2020–0048] Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:15 Jun 24, 2020 Jkt 250001 You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0048. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2020–0048, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. The Simplot extension request, our plant pest risk similarity assessment and preliminary determination of nonregulated status, and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0048 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) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Cindy Eck, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737–1236; (301) 851–3892, email: cynthia.a.eck@ usda.gov. ADDRESSES: Under the authority of the plant pest provisions of the Plant Protection Act (PPA) (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the 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,’’ regulate, among other things, the introduction (importation, interstate movement, or release into the environment) of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: J.R. Simplot Company; Availability of a Request and Plant Pest Risk Similarity Assessment for an Extension of a Determination of Nonregulated Status for Z6 Potatoes With Late Blight Protection, Low Acrylamide Potential, Lowered Reducing Sugars, and Reduced Black Spot AGENCY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a request to extend our determination of nonregulated status of J.R. Simplot Company’s (Simplot’s) W8 potato to event Z6 (hereafter Z6 potato). Z6 potato has been genetically engineered for late blight protection, low acrylamide potential, lowered reducing sugars, and reduced black spot using the same construct and method of transformation as W8 potato. We are making available for public comment the request and our plant pest risk similarity assessment and preliminary determination of nonregulated status. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 27, 2020. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 engineering that are plant pests or that there is reason to believe are plant pests. Such genetically engineered organisms (GE) and products are considered ‘‘regulated articles.’’ The regulations in § 340.6(a) provide that any person may submit a petition to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeking a determination that an article should not be regulated under 7 CFR part 340. Further, the regulations in § 340.6(e)(2) provide that a person may request that APHIS extend a determination of nonregulated status to other organisms. Such a request must include information to establish the similarity of the antecedent organism and the regulated article in question. On September 2, 2015,1 APHIS announced its determination of nonregulated status of J.R. Simplot Company’s (Simplot’s) W8 potato (Solanum tuberosum), which was genetically engineered for late blight protection, low acrylamide potential, lowered reducing sugars, and reduced black spot. APHIS has received a request for an extension of that determination of nonregulated status of W8 potato to potato designated as event Z6 (APHIS Petition Number 19_099– 02p), also from Simplot. Z6 potato also expresses late blight protection, low acrylamide potential, lowered reducing sugars, and reduced black spot. In its request, Simplot stated that this potato is similar to the antecedent organism W8 potato and, based on the similarity to the antecedent organism, is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk and, therefore, should not be a regulated article under APHIS’ regulations in 7 CFR part 340. As described in the extension request, Z6 potato was developed using the same constructs and method of transformation as W8 potato. Based on the information in the request, we have concluded that Z6 potato is similar to W8 potato. Z6 potato is currently regulated under 7 CFR part 340. As part of our decisionmaking process regarding a GE organism’s regulatory status, APHIS evaluates the plant pest risk of the article. In section 403 of the PPA, ‘‘plant pest’’ is defined as any living stage of any of the following that can directly or indirectly injure, cause damage to, or cause disease in any plant product: A protozoan, a nonhuman animal, a parasitic plant, a bacterium, a fungus, a virus or viroid, an infectious agent or other pathogen, or any article similar to or allied with any of the foregoing. 1 https://www.regulations.gov/document? D=APHIS-2014-0076-0160. E:\FR\FM\25JNN1.SGM 25JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 123 (Thursday, June 25, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38109-38110]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-13686]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2020-0055]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Bees and Related Articles

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 
request.

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SUMMARY: 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 importation of bees 
and related articles into the United States.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
August 24, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0055.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2020-0055, 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-2020-
0055 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 regulations for 
the importation of bees and related articles, contact Mr. Wayne 
Wehling, Senior Entomologist, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, 
Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-2336; [email protected]. For 
information on the information collection process, contact Mr. Joseph 
Moxey, APHIS Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483; 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Bees and Related Articles.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0207.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) 
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, 
entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other 
articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United 
States or their dissemination within the United States.
    Under the Honeybee Act (7 U.S.C. 281 through 286), the Secretary is 
authorized to prohibit or restrict the importation of honeybees and 
honeybee semen to prevent the introduction into the United States of 
diseases and parasites harmful to honeybees and of undesirable species 
such as the African honeybee. This authority has been delegated to the 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture.
    The establishment of certain bee diseases, parasites, or 
undesirable species and subspecies of honeybees in the United States 
could cause substantial reductions in pollination by bees. These 
reductions could cause serious damage to crops and other plants and 
result in substantial financial losses to American agriculture.
    Regulations for the importation of honeybees and honeybee semen and 
regulations to prevent the introduction of exotic bee diseases and 
parasites through the importation of bees other than honeybees, certain 
beekeeping products, and used beekeeping equipment are contained in 7 
CFR part 322, ``Bees, Beekeeping Byproducts, and Beekeeping 
Equipment.'' These regulations require the use of certain information 
collection activities, including application for a permit, State 
consultation, written agreement to permit conditions, appealing denial 
of a permit application or revocation of permit, packaging and 
labeling, notice of arrival for shipments from approved regions, 
transit shipment, port of entry inspection, notification of escaped 
organisms, emergency action notification, request for release, request 
for risk assessment, request for facility approval, and recordkeeping 
for containment facilities.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities 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

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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;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those 
who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, 
electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., 
permitting electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.25 hours per response.
    Respondents: Importers, exporters, and shippers of bees and related 
articles; foreign and State governments; and containment facilities.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 18.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 12.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 210.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 50 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 19th day of June 2020.
Mark Davidson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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