Classify the State of Sonora, Mexico, as Level I for Brucellosis, 11219-11220 [2021-03771]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 24, 2021 / Notices Therefore, in accordance with §§ 93.438(b) and 93.441(b), we are announcing the availability of our evaluations of Canada for bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis classification, for public review and comment. We are also announcing the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) that has 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 provision 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). The evaluations and EA may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website or in our reading room. (Instructions for accessing Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room are provided under the heading ADDRESSES at the beginning of this notice.) The documents are also available by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Information submitted in support of Canada’s request is available by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our final determination regarding classification of Canada with respect to bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis in a subsequent notice. 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 18th day of February 2021. Michael Watson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2021–03773 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. APHIS–2020–0070] Classify the State of Sonora, Mexico, as Level I for Brucellosis Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we are proposing to classify the State of Sonora, Mexico as Level 1 for SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 brucellosis. This proposed recognition is based on an evaluation we have prepared in connection with this action, which we are making available for review and comment. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 26, 2021. You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. Enter APHIS– 2020–0070 in the Search field. Select the Documents tab, then select the Comment button in the list of documents. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2020–0070, 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 regulations.gov or in our reading room, which is located in Room 1620 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. Kelly Rhodes, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Regionalization Evaluation Services, Strategy and Policy, VS, APHIS, USDA, 4700 River Road, Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; AskRegionalization@ usda.gov; (301) 851–3315. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 93, subpart D (§§ 93.400 through 93.442, referred to below as part 93 or the subpart), contain requirements for the importation of ruminants into the United States to address the risk of introducing or disseminating diseases of livestock within the United States. Part 93 currently contains provisions that address the risk that imported bovines (cattle or bison) may introduce or disseminate brucellosis within the United States. Within part 93, § 93.440 contains the requirements for classification of foreign regions for brucellosis and § 93.441 contains the process for requesting regional classification for brucellosis. In accordance with § 93.440(d), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) maintains lists of all Level I, Level II, and Level III regions for brucellosis and adds foreign regions classified in accordance with § 93.441 to these lists. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11219 Section 93.441(b) states that if, after reviewing and evaluating the request for classification, APHIS believes the request can be safely granted, APHIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register indicating the proposed classification and make its evaluation available for public comment. Following the close of the comment period, APHIS will review all comments received and will make a final determination regarding the request that will be detailed in another document published in the Federal Register. The Government of Mexico has requested that APHIS evaluate and classify the State of Sonora for brucellosis. In response to Mexico’s request, we have prepared an evaluation, titled ‘‘APHIS Evaluation of the State of Sonora, Mexico for Bovine Brucellosis Classification’’ (September 2017). The evaluation concludes that the State of Sonora meets the conditions to be classified as Level I for brucellosis, which supports adding the State of Sonora to the web-based list of Level I regions for brucellosis. Therefore, in accordance with § 93.441(b), we are announcing the availability of our evaluation of Sonora, Mexico for brucellosis, for public review and comment. We are also announcing the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) which has 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 provision 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). The evaluation and EA may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website or in our reading room. (Instructions for accessing Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room are provided under the heading ADDRESSES at the beginning of this notice.) The documents are also available by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Information submitted in support of Mexico’s request is available by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our final determination regarding classification of the State of Sonora, Mexico with respect to brucellosis in a subsequent notice. 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. E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 11220 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 24, 2021 / Notices Done in Washington, DC, this 18th day of February 2021. Michael Watson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Glen Van Zandt, Forest Management Staff, by phone (202) 617–1095 or by email at glen.vanzandt@usda.gov. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the hearing-impaired (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1–800– 877–8339 twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays. Forest Service SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2021–03771 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P Information Collection; Small Business Timber Sale Set-Aside Program; Appeal Procedures on Recomputation of Shares Forest Service, USDA. Notice; request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Forest Service is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with no revision of a currently approved information collection, Small Business Timber Sale Set-Aside Program; Appeal Procedures on Recomputation of Shares. DATES: Comments must be received in writing on or before April 26, 2021 to be assured of consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. ADDRESSES: Comments concerning this notice should be submitted by email to glen.vanzandt@usda.gov. Comments may also be submitted by mail, addressed to Director, Forest Management, Mail Stop 1103, Forest Service, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250. Comments submitted in response to this notice may be made available to the public through relevant websites and upon request. For this reason, please do not include in your comments information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. If you send an email comment, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the internet. Please note that responses to this public comment request containing any routine notice about the confidentiality of the communication will be treated as public comments that may be made available to the public notwithstanding the inclusion of the routine notice. The public may request an electronic copy of the draft supporting statement and/or any comments received. Requests should be emailed to glen.vanzandt@usda.gov. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Title: Small Business Timber Sale SetAside Program; Appeal Procedures on Recomputation of Shares. OMB Number: 0596–0141. Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2021. Type of Request: Extension with no Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: The Forest Service adopted the Small Business Timber Sale SetAside Program (Set-Aside Program) on July 26, 1990 (55 FR 30485). The Agency administers the Set-Aside Program in cooperation with the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the authorities of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631), the National Forest Management Act of 1976, and SBA regulations in 13 CFR part 121. The SetAside Program is designed to ensure that small business timber purchasers have the opportunity to purchase a fair proportion of National Forest System timber offered for sale. Under the Set-Aside Program, the Forest Service must recompute the shares of timber sales to be set aside for qualifying small businesses every 5 years based on the actual volume of sawtimber that has been purchased by small businesses. Additionally, shares must be recomputed if there is a change in manufacturing capability, if the purchaser size class changes, or if certain purchasers discontinue operations. In 1992, the Agency adopted new administrative appeal procedures (36 CFR part 215), which excluded the SetAside Program. Prior to adoption of 36 CFR part 215, the Agency accepted appeals of recomputation decisions under 36 CFR part 217, and therefore decided to establish procedures for providing notice to affected purchasers offering an opportunity to comment on the recomputation of shares (61 FR 7468). The Conference Report accompanying the 1997 Omnibus Appropriation Act (Pub. L. 104–208) directed the Forest Service to reinstate an appeals process for decisions concerning recomputation of Small Business Set-Aside shares, structural recomputations of SBA shares, or changes in policies impacting the Set- PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Aside Program prior to December 31, 1996. The Small Business Timber Sale Set-Aside Program, Appeal Procedures on Recomputation of Shares (36 CFR 223.118; 64 FR 411, January 5, 1999), outlines the types of decisions that are subject to appeal, who may appeal decisions, the procedures for appealing decisions, the timelines for appeal, and the contents of the notice of appeal. The Forest Service provides qualifying timber sale purchasers 30days for pre-decisional review and comment on draft decisions to reallocate shares, including the data used in making the proposed recomputation decision. Within 15 days after the close of the 30-day pre-decisional review period, an Agency official makes a decision on the shares to be set aside for small businesses and gives written notice of the decision to all parties on the national forest timber sale bidders list for the affected area. The written notice provides the date by which the appeal may be filed and how to obtain information on appeal procedures. Only those timber sale purchasers, or their representatives, who are affected by small business share timber sale setaside recomputation decisions and who have submitted pre-decisional comments, may appeal recomputation decisions. The appellant must file a notice of appeal with the appropriate Forest Service official within 20 days of the date on the notice of decision. The notice of appeal must include: 1. The appellant’s name, mailing address, and daytime telephone number; 2. The title or type of recomputation decision involved and date of the decision; 3. The name of the responsible Forest Service official; 4. A brief description and date of the decision being appealed; 5. A statement of how the appellant is adversely affected by the decision being appealed; 6. A statement of facts in dispute regarding the issue(s) raised by the appeal; 7. Specific references to law, regulation, or policy that the appellant believes have been violated (if any) and the basis for such an allegation; 8. A statement as to whether and how the appellant has tried to resolve the appeal issues with the responsible Forest Service official, including evidence of submission of written comments at the pre-decisional stage; and 9. A statement of the relief the appellant seeks. E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 35 (Wednesday, February 24, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11219-11220]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-03771]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2020-0070]


Classify the State of Sonora, Mexico, as Level I for Brucellosis

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we are proposing to classify 
the State of Sonora, Mexico as Level 1 for brucellosis. This proposed 
recognition is based on an evaluation we have prepared in connection 
with this action, which we are making available for review and comment.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 
26, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. 
Enter APHIS-2020-0070 in the Search field. Select the Documents tab, 
then select the Comment button in the list of documents.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2020-0070, 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 regulations.gov or in our reading room, which is located 
in Room 1620 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. Kelly Rhodes, Senior Staff 
Veterinarian, Regionalization Evaluation Services, Strategy and Policy, 
VS, APHIS, USDA, 4700 River Road, Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; 
[email protected]; (301) 851-3315.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 93, subpart D 
(Sec. Sec.  93.400 through 93.442, referred to below as part 93 or the 
subpart), contain requirements for the importation of ruminants into 
the United States to address the risk of introducing or disseminating 
diseases of livestock within the United States. Part 93 currently 
contains provisions that address the risk that imported bovines (cattle 
or bison) may introduce or disseminate brucellosis within the United 
States. Within part 93, Sec.  93.440 contains the requirements for 
classification of foreign regions for brucellosis and Sec.  93.441 
contains the process for requesting regional classification for 
brucellosis.
    In accordance with Sec.  93.440(d), the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service (APHIS) maintains lists of all Level I, Level II, 
and Level III regions for brucellosis and adds foreign regions 
classified in accordance with Sec.  93.441 to these lists.
    Section 93.441(b) states that if, after reviewing and evaluating 
the request for classification, APHIS believes the request can be 
safely granted, APHIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register 
indicating the proposed classification and make its evaluation 
available for public comment. Following the close of the comment 
period, APHIS will review all comments received and will make a final 
determination regarding the request that will be detailed in another 
document published in the Federal Register.
    The Government of Mexico has requested that APHIS evaluate and 
classify the State of Sonora for brucellosis. In response to Mexico's 
request, we have prepared an evaluation, titled ``APHIS Evaluation of 
the State of Sonora, Mexico for Bovine Brucellosis Classification'' 
(September 2017). The evaluation concludes that the State of Sonora 
meets the conditions to be classified as Level I for brucellosis, which 
supports adding the State of Sonora to the web-based list of Level I 
regions for brucellosis.
    Therefore, in accordance with Sec.  93.441(b), we are announcing 
the availability of our evaluation of Sonora, Mexico for brucellosis, 
for public review and comment. We are also announcing the availability 
of an environmental assessment (EA) which has 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 
provision 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).
    The evaluation and EA may be viewed on the Regulations.gov website 
or in our reading room. (Instructions for accessing Regulations.gov and 
information on the location and hours of the reading room are provided 
under the heading ADDRESSES at the beginning of this notice.) The 
documents are also available by contacting the person listed under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Information submitted in support of Mexico's request is available 
by contacting the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our final 
determination regarding classification of the State of Sonora, Mexico 
with respect to brucellosis in a subsequent notice.

    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.


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    Done in Washington, DC, this 18th day of February 2021.
Michael Watson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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