Classify Canada as Level I for Bovine Tuberculosis and Brucellosis, 11218-11219 [2021-03773]

Download as PDF 11218 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 35 / Wednesday, February 24, 2021 / Notices the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service Classify Canada as Level I for Bovine Tuberculosis and Brucellosis khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Title: Regulations and Related Reporting and Recording Requirements—FTPP, Packers and Stockyards Division. OMB Control Number: 0580–0015. Summary of Collection: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers the provisions of the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 (Act), as amended and supplemented (7 U.S.C. 181–229c). The Act is designed to protect the financial interests of livestock and poultry producers engaged in commerce of livestock and live poultry sold for slaughter. It also protects members of the livestock and poultry marketing, processing, and merchandising industries from unfair, unjustly discriminatory, deceptive, or anti-competitive practices in the livestock, meat, and poultry industries. AMS will collect information using several forms. Need and Use of the Information: AMS requires regulated entities in the livestock, meat packing, and poultry industries to keep records, submit information to AMS, and provide information to third parties. AMS will collect information to monitor and examine financial, competitive and trade practices in the livestock, meatpacking, and poultry industries. Also, the information will help assure that the regulated entities do not engage in unfair, unjustly discriminatory, or deceptive trade practices or anticompetitive behavior. Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit. Number of Respondents: 15,371. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Third party disclosure; Reporting: On occasion; Semi-annually; Annually. Total Burden Hours: 26,137. Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2021–03829 Filed 2–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Feb 23, 2021 Jkt 253001 Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2020–0071] Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we are proposing to classify Canada as Level I for both bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. This proposed recognition is based on evaluations 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. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. Enter APHIS– 2020–0071 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–2020–0071, 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 ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (cattle or bison) may introduce or disseminate bovine tuberculosis or brucellosis within the United States. Within part 93, § 93.437 contains the requirements for classification of foreign regions for bovine tuberculosis and § 93.438 contains the process for requesting regional classification for bovine tuberculosis. In accordance with § 93.437(f), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) maintains lists of all Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, and Level V regions for bovine tuberculosis and adds foreign regions classified in accordance with § 93.438 to these lists. Section 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), APHIS maintains lists of all Level I, Level II, and Level III regions for brucellosis and adds regions classified in accordance with § 93.441 to these lists. Paragraph (a) of § 93.438 provides that a representative of a national government with authority to make such a request may request that APHIS classify a region for bovine tuberculosis; paragraph (a) of § 93.441 has a similar provision with respect to requests for brucellosis classification. Within those same sections, paragraph (b) provides that if, after reviewing and evaluating the request for bovine tuberculosis or brucellosis classification, respectively, APHIS believes the region can be accurately classified, APHIS will publish a notice in the Federal Register with 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 Canada has requested that APHIS evaluate and classify Canada for bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. In response to Canada’s request, we have prepared two evaluations, titled ‘‘APHIS Evaluation of Canada for Bovine Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) Classification’’ (April 2020) and ‘‘APHIS Evaluation of Canada for Bovine Brucellosis (Brucella abortus) Classification’’ (May 2020). The evaluations conclude that Canada meets the conditions to be classified as Level I for both bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis, which supports adding Canada to the web-based list of Level I regions for bovine tuberculosis and the web-based list of Level I regions for brucellosis. E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 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

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2020-0071]


Classify Canada as Level I for Bovine Tuberculosis and 
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 
Canada as Level I for both bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. This 
proposed recognition is based on evaluations 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-2020-0071 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-2020-0071, 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 bovine tuberculosis or 
brucellosis within the United States. Within part 93, Sec.  93.437 
contains the requirements for classification of foreign regions for 
bovine tuberculosis and Sec.  93.438 contains the process for 
requesting regional classification for bovine tuberculosis. In 
accordance with Sec.  93.437(f), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) maintains lists of all Level I, Level II, Level III, 
Level IV, and Level V regions for bovine tuberculosis and adds foreign 
regions classified in accordance with Sec.  93.438 to these lists.
    Section 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), APHIS maintains lists of all Level I, Level II, 
and Level III regions for brucellosis and adds regions classified in 
accordance with Sec.  93.441 to these lists.
    Paragraph (a) of Sec.  93.438 provides that a representative of a 
national government with authority to make such a request may request 
that APHIS classify a region for bovine tuberculosis; paragraph (a) of 
Sec.  93.441 has a similar provision with respect to requests for 
brucellosis classification. Within those same sections, paragraph (b) 
provides that if, after reviewing and evaluating the request for bovine 
tuberculosis or brucellosis classification, respectively, APHIS 
believes the region can be accurately classified, APHIS will publish a 
notice in the Federal Register with 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 Canada has requested that APHIS evaluate and 
classify Canada for bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis. In response to 
Canada's request, we have prepared two evaluations, titled ``APHIS 
Evaluation of Canada for Bovine Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) 
Classification'' (April 2020) and ``APHIS Evaluation of Canada for 
Bovine Brucellosis (Brucella abortus) Classification'' (May 2020). The 
evaluations conclude that Canada meets the conditions to be classified 
as Level I for both bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis, which supports 
adding Canada to the web-based list of Level I regions for bovine 
tuberculosis and the web-based list of Level I regions for brucellosis.

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    Therefore, in accordance with Sec. Sec.  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]
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