Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Release of Aphalara itadori for the Biological Control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian Knotweeds, 76515-76516 [2020-26290]

Download as PDF TKELLEY on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 230 / Monday, November 30, 2020 / Notices the nutrition assessment process used by local agencies in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to identify nutrition risks and apply that information to the tailoring of participant benefits. This study will provide the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) with a comprehensive, detailed description of the WIC nutrition risk assessment process and explore the ways in which WIC clinics tailor participant benefits to address the results of the assessment. It will also evaluate the relationship between this process and participant program satisfaction. This study is an FNS priority resulting from policy changes from the publication in 2006 of the ‘‘Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment (VENA) in WIC: The First Step in Quality Nutrition Services’’ and the publication in October 2009 of the interim final rule, ‘‘Revisions in the WIC Food Packages,’’ both of which affected the nutrition assessment or nutrition services process. Section 28 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act as amended by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111–296, Section 305) provides the general statutory authority for this study. Need and Use of the Information: This voluntary study will collect data from state and local government respondents in WIC State and Local Agencies, and in WIC clinics; businesses and other for-profit and nonprofit institutions in the form of WIC Local Agencies and WIC clinics, and WIC Participants. FNS will use the information gathered from this study to inform program guidance and technical assistance related to the nutrition assessment process to support the implementation of best practices that meet the goals ensuring satisfaction with the program experience, promoting self-sufficiency, and improving the nutrition and health of women and children who participate in WIC. The study will identify specific practices or features of the nutrition services process associated with participant and staff satisfaction, reduced staff burden, and improved efficiency and will also provide FNS with a comprehensive, detailed description of the WIC nutrition risk assessment process, including how WIC staff apply the process to tailoring participant benefits. FNS published a notice on Friday, July 19, 2019, in the Federal Register, Volume 84, Number 139, pages 34849 to 34858, and provided a 60-day period for public comments. This collection has not changed significantly since the publication of the 60-Day Notice. FNS made some updates to their accounting VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:03 Nov 27, 2020 Jkt 253001 of burden to streamline the burden table. These changes did decrease the number of responses, but the burden hours only increased slightly. There was a delay to submit this collection due to: (1) The high number of regulations which FNS is trying to issue by the end of the year, each of which includes associated Information Collection Request (ICRs) and (2) COVID–19 rated Emergency ICRs and Guidance Documents which necessitate priority attention. Description of Respondents: State, Local, or Tribal Government; businesses or other for-profit, non-profit institutions, and individuals or households. Number of Respondents: 1,454. Frequency of Responses: Reporting: One-time only. Total Burden Hours: 870. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2020–26304 Filed 11–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2019–0002] Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Release of Aphalara itadori for the Biological Control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian Knotweeds Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a final environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative to the release of Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (Fallopia japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica), significant invasive weeds, 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: Colin.Stewart@usda.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 76515 Invasive knotweeds in North America are a complex of three closely related species in the family Polygonaceae that were introduced from Japan during the late 19th century. They include Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed), F. sachalinensis (Giant knotweed), and the hybrid between the two, F. x bohemica (Bohemian knotweed). These large herbaceous perennials have spread throughout much of North America, with the greatest infestations in the Pacific Northwest, the northeast of the United States, and eastern Canada. While capable of growing in diverse habitats, the knotweeds have become especially problematic along the banks and floodplains of rivers and streams, where they crowd out native plants and potentially affect stream nutrients and food webs. While several States have active control programs against knotweeds, the inaccessibility of some of the infestations and the difficulty with which the plants are killed suggest that complete eradication of knotweeds within the United States is unlikely. The Hokkaido and Kyushu biotypes of the insect, Aphalara itadori, were chosen as potential biological control organisms. The biotypes are expected to reduce the severity of infestations of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweed, and are known to be highly host specific due to their intimate relationship with their host plants. On May 28, 2019, we published in the Federal Register (84 FR 24463–24464, Docket No. APHIS–2019–0002) 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 Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweed within the contiguous United States. Comments on the notice were required to be received on or before June 27, 2019; however, we reopened the comment period for an additional 60 days ending August 26, 2019 in a subsequent notice (84 FR 37825–37826, Docket No. APHIS–2019–0002). We received 300 comments by that date. Our responses to the comments are included in the final EA. In this document, we are advising the public of our finding of no significant impact (FONSI) regarding the release of Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 To view the notice, supporting document, and the comments we received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2019-0002. E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 76516 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 230 / Monday, November 30, 2020 / Notices Bohemian knotweeds (F. japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica) within the contiguous United States. The finding, which is based on the EA, reflects our determination that release of Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (F. japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica) 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 Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (F. japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica). 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 1620, 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) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372). Done in Washington, DC, this 23rd day of November 2020. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2020–26290 Filed 11–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee Commission on Civil Rights. Announcement of meeting. TKELLEY on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: ACTION: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a meeting of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:03 Nov 27, 2020 Jkt 253001 the Commission will convene by conference call on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. (ET). The purpose of the meeting is to review and vote on a report on water accessibility in Massachusetts. DATES: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. (ET). Public Call-In Information: Conference call-in number: 1–800–353– 6461 and conference ID: 2739300. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Evelyn Bohor at ero@usccr.gov or by phone at 202–376–7533. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested members of the public may listen to the discussion by calling the following tollfree Conference call-in number: 1–800– 353–6461 and conference ID: 2739300. Please be advised that before placing them into the conference call, the conference call operator will ask callers to provide their names, their organizational affiliations (if any), and email addresses (so that callers may be notified of future meetings). Callers can expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over landline connections to the toll-free conference call-in number. Individuals who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing may also follow the proceedings by first calling the Federal Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339 and providing the Federal Relay Service operator with the conference call-in numbers: 1–800–353–6461 and conference ID: 2739300. Members of the public are entitled to make comments during the open period at the end of the meeting. Members of the public may also submit written comments; the comments must be received in the Regional Programs Unit within 30 days following the respective meeting. Written comments may be emailed to Barbara Delaviez at ero@ usccr.gov. Persons who desire additional information may contact the Regional Programs Unit at (202) 809– 9618. Records and documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public viewing as they become available at the www.facadatabase.gov. Persons interested in the work of this advisory committee are advised to go to the Commission’s website, www.usccr.gov, or to contact the Regional Programs Unit at the above phone number or email address. Agenda Wednesday, December 16, 2020; 11:30 a.m. (ET) 1. Roll Call PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2. Review and Edit Report on Water Accessibility in Massachusetts 3. Other Business 4. Open Comment 5. Adjourn Dated: November 24, 2020. David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief, Regional Programs Unit. [FR Doc. 2020–26296 Filed 11–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meetings of the Maine Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. ACTION: Announcement of meetings. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the Maine Advisory Committee (Committee) will hold three meetings. One will be on Friday, December 11, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. (ET) for the purpose of hearing from the public on the challenges to digital access in Maine. The second and third meetings will be on Thursdays, December 17, 2020 and January 21, 2021, both at 12:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing testimony about digital equity issues in Maine. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2019-0002]


Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding 
of No Significant Impact for the Release of Aphalara itadori for the 
Biological Control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian Knotweeds

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have prepared a final 
environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative 
to the release of Aphalara itadori for the biological control of 
Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (Fallopia japonica, F. 
sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica), significant invasive weeds, 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: Invasive knotweeds in North America are a 
complex of three closely related species in the family Polygonaceae 
that were introduced from Japan during the late 19th century. They 
include Fallopia japonica (Japanese knotweed), F. sachalinensis (Giant 
knotweed), and the hybrid between the two, F. x bohemica (Bohemian 
knotweed). These large herbaceous perennials have spread throughout 
much of North America, with the greatest infestations in the Pacific 
Northwest, the northeast of the United States, and eastern Canada. 
While capable of growing in diverse habitats, the knotweeds have become 
especially problematic along the banks and floodplains of rivers and 
streams, where they crowd out native plants and potentially affect 
stream nutrients and food webs. While several States have active 
control programs against knotweeds, the inaccessibility of some of the 
infestations and the difficulty with which the plants are killed 
suggest that complete eradication of knotweeds within the United States 
is unlikely.
    The Hokkaido and Kyushu biotypes of the insect, Aphalara itadori, 
were chosen as potential biological control organisms. The biotypes are 
expected to reduce the severity of infestations of Japanese, Giant, and 
Bohemian knotweed, and are known to be highly host specific due to 
their intimate relationship with their host plants.
    On May 28, 2019, we published in the Federal Register (84 FR 24463-
24464, Docket No. APHIS-2019-0002) 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 Aphalara itadori for the biological 
control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweed within the contiguous 
United States. Comments on the notice were required to be received on 
or before June 27, 2019; however, we reopened the comment period for an 
additional 60 days ending August 26, 2019 in a subsequent notice (84 FR 
37825-37826, Docket No. APHIS-2019-0002). We received 300 comments by 
that date. Our responses to the comments are included in the final EA.
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    \1\ To view the notice, supporting document, and the comments we 
received, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-
2019-0002.
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    In this document, we are advising the public of our finding of no 
significant impact (FONSI) regarding the release of Aphalara itadori 
for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and

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Bohemian knotweeds (F. japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica) 
within the contiguous United States. The finding, which is based on the 
EA, reflects our determination that release of Aphalara itadori for the 
biological control of Japanese, Giant, and Bohemian knotweeds (F. 
japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica) 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 
Aphalara itadori for the biological control of Japanese, Giant, and 
Bohemian knotweeds (F. japonica, F. sachalinensis, and F. x bohemica).
    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 1620, 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) 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's NEPA Implementing 
Procedures (7 CFR part 372).

    Done in Washington, DC, this 23rd day of November 2020.
Mark Davidson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-26290 Filed 11-27-20; 8:45 am]
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