Addition of Thailand to the List of Regions Considered Affected With African Horse Sickness, 31477 [2021-12419]

Download as PDF 31477 Notices Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 112 Monday, June 14, 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–2020–0082] Addition of Thailand to the List of Regions Considered Affected With African Horse Sickness Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public that we have added Thailand to the list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service considers to be affected with African horse sickness (AHS). We have taken this action because of confirmation of AHS in Thailand. DATES: Thailand was added to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service list of regions considered affected with African horse sickness on March 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kari Coulson, Regionalization Evaluation Services, Veterinary Services, APHIS, 920 Main Campus Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27606; Phone: (919) 480–9876; email: AskRegionalization@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 93 govern the importation of live animals into the United States. Within part 93, § 93.308 (referred to below as the regulations) governs, among other things, the importation of horses, mules, zebras, and other equids from regions where African horse sickness (AHS) exists in order to prevent the introduction of AHS into the United States. AHS is a fatal viral equine disease that is not known to exist in the United States. A list of regions where AHS exists or is reasonably believed to exist is maintained on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jun 11, 2021 Jkt 253001 website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animaland-animal-product-importinformation/animal-health-status-ofregions/. This list is referenced in § 93.308 of the regulations. Section 93.308(a)(2)(ii) of the regulations states that APHIS will add a region to the list referenced in § 93.308(a)(2) upon determining AHS exists in the region, based on reports APHIS receives of outbreaks of the disease from veterinary officials of the exporting country, from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), or from other sources the Administrator determines to be reliable. On March 27, 2020, the veterinary authorities of Thailand reported to the OIE the occurrence of AHS in that country. In response to that report, on March 31, 2020, APHIS added Thailand to the list of regions where AHS exists. On that same date, APHIS issued an import alert notifying stakeholders that effective March 27, 2020, APHIS imposed restrictions on importation of equine and equine-derived commodities from Thailand due to AHS. This notice serves as an official record and public notification of that action. Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this action as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). 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 9th day of June 2021. Mark Davidson, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. [FR Doc. 2021–12419 Filed 6–11–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–34–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2021–0025] Notice of Request for Reinstatement of an Information Collection; National Animal Health Monitoring System; Bison 2022 Study Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Agriculture (USDA). AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Reinstatement 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 the reinstatement of an information collection to conduct the National Animal Health Monitoring System Bison 2022 Study. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 13, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov. Enter APHIS– 2021–0025 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–2021–0025, 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 on the NAHMS Bison 2022 Study, contact Dr. Lynn EllistonGittings, Management Analyst, Program Coordination and Implementation, Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, VS, 2150 Centre Avenue, Building B, Fort Collins, CO 80524; (970) 305–6636. 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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 112 / Monday, June 14, 2021 / 
Notices

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2020-0082]


Addition of Thailand to the List of Regions Considered Affected 
With African Horse Sickness

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public that we have added Thailand to the 
list of regions that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
considers to be affected with African horse sickness (AHS). We have 
taken this action because of confirmation of AHS in Thailand.

DATES: Thailand was added to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service list of regions considered affected with African horse sickness 
on March 31, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kari Coulson, Regionalization 
Evaluation Services, Veterinary Services, APHIS, 920 Main Campus Drive, 
Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27606; Phone: (919) 480-9876; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 9 CFR part 93 govern the 
importation of live animals into the United States. Within part 93, 
Sec.  93.308 (referred to below as the regulations) governs, among 
other things, the importation of horses, mules, zebras, and other 
equids from regions where African horse sickness (AHS) exists in order 
to prevent the introduction of AHS into the United States. AHS is a 
fatal viral equine disease that is not known to exist in the United 
States. A list of regions where AHS exists or is reasonably believed to 
exist is maintained on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
(APHIS) website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-and-animal-product-import-information/animal-health-status-of-regions/. This list is referenced in Sec.  93.308 of 
the regulations.
    Section 93.308(a)(2)(ii) of the regulations states that APHIS will 
add a region to the list referenced in Sec.  93.308(a)(2) upon 
determining AHS exists in the region, based on reports APHIS receives 
of outbreaks of the disease from veterinary officials of the exporting 
country, from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), or from 
other sources the Administrator determines to be reliable.
    On March 27, 2020, the veterinary authorities of Thailand reported 
to the OIE the occurrence of AHS in that country. In response to that 
report, on March 31, 2020, APHIS added Thailand to the list of regions 
where AHS exists. On that same date, APHIS issued an import alert 
notifying stakeholders that effective March 27, 2020, APHIS imposed 
restrictions on importation of equine and equine-derived commodities 
from Thailand due to AHS. This notice serves as an official record and 
public notification of that action.
    Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this action 
as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

    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 9th day of June 2021.
Mark Davidson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-12419 Filed 6-11-21; 8:45 am]
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