Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant Products, 23342 [2021-09033]

Download as PDF 23342 Notices Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 83 Monday, May 3, 2021 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2021–0017] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant Products Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: 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 required by the Lacey Act for the importation of certain plants and plant products. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 2, 2021. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Enter APHIS–2021–0017 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–2021–0017, 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 www.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 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:34 Apr 30, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 concerning the Lacey Act declaration requirements for plants and plant products, contact Ms. Dorothy Wayson, National Policy Manager, Lacey Act Program, APHIS, PPQ, 4700 River Road, 4D–06.31, Riverdale, MD 20737–1231; (301) 851–2036. For more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, at (301) 851–2483. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant Products. OMB Control Number: 0579–0349. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The Lacey Act, as amended, makes it unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any plant, with some limited exceptions, taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of the laws of the United States, a State, an Indian Tribe, or any foreign law that protects plants. The Act also makes it unlawful to make or submit any false record, account, or label for, or any false identification of, any plant covered by the Act. In addition, section 3 of the Act makes it unlawful to import certain plants and plant products without an import declaration. The declaration must contain, among other things, the scientific name of the plant, value of the importation, quantity of the plant, and name of the country in which the plant was harvested. For paper and paperboard products with recycled plant content, the importer is not required to specify the species or country of harvest with respect to the recycled plant product component but is required to provide the average percentage of recycled content. If the product also contains non-recycled plant materials, the basic declaration requirements still apply to that component of the product imported. In addition to the declaration, there is a supplemental form that must be completed if additional space is needed to declare additional plants and plant PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 products. Also, records of the import declaration and supplemental form must be retained for at least 5 years. 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 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 0.488 hours per response. Respondents: Importers of certain plants and plant products. Estimated annual number of respondents: 24,070. Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 41. Estimated annual number of responses: 986,854. Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 481,778 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 26th day of April 2021. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2021–09033 Filed 4–30–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P E:\FR\FM\03MYN1.SGM 03MYN1

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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules 
or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings 
and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, 
delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency 
statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
appearing in this section.

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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 83 / Monday, May 3, 2021 / Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2021-0017]


Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and 
Plant Products

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revision to and 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 a revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection required by the Lacey Act for the importation of 
certain plants and plant products.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 
2, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Enter APHIS-2021-0017 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-2021-0017, 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 www.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: For information concerning the Lacey 
Act declaration requirements for plants and plant products, contact Ms. 
Dorothy Wayson, National Policy Manager, Lacey Act Program, APHIS, PPQ, 
4700 River Road, 4D-06.31, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2036. 
For more detailed information on the information collection, contact 
Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS' Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, at (301) 
851-2483.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant 
Products.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0349.
    Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Lacey Act, as amended, makes it unlawful to import, 
export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or 
foreign commerce any plant, with some limited exceptions, taken, 
possessed, transported, or sold in violation of the laws of the United 
States, a State, an Indian Tribe, or any foreign law that protects 
plants. The Act also makes it unlawful to make or submit any false 
record, account, or label for, or any false identification of, any 
plant covered by the Act.
    In addition, section 3 of the Act makes it unlawful to import 
certain plants and plant products without an import declaration. The 
declaration must contain, among other things, the scientific name of 
the plant, value of the importation, quantity of the plant, and name of 
the country in which the plant was harvested. For paper and paperboard 
products with recycled plant content, the importer is not required to 
specify the species or country of harvest with respect to the recycled 
plant product component but is required to provide the average 
percentage of recycled content. If the product also contains non-
recycled plant materials, the basic declaration requirements still 
apply to that component of the product imported.
    In addition to the declaration, there is a supplemental form that 
must be completed if additional space is needed to declare additional 
plants and plant products. Also, records of the import declaration and 
supplemental form must be retained for at least 5 years.
    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 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 0.488 hours per response.
    Respondents: Importers of certain plants and plant products.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 24,070.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 41.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 986,854.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 481,778 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 26th day of April 2021.
Mark Davidson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-09033 Filed 4-30-21; 8:45 am]
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