Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service August 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fiscal Year 2006 Reimbursable Overtime Rates, Veterinary Diagnostic Services User Fees, and Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection User Fees
Document Number: 05-16982
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
This notice pertains to reimbursable overtime charged for Sunday, holiday, or other overtime work performed in connection with the inspection, laboratory testing, certification, or quarantine of certain articles, to user fees for certain veterinary diagnostic services, and to fees charged for agricultural quarantine and inspection services that are provided in connection with certain commercial vessels, commercial trucks, commercial railroad cars, commercial aircraft, and international airline passengers arriving at ports in the customs territory of the United States. The purpose of this notice is to remind the public of the reimbursable overtime charges and user fees for fiscal year 2006 (October 1, 2005, through September 30, 2006).
Add Argentina to the List of Regions Considered Free of Exotic Newcastle Disease
Document Number: 05-16689
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations by adding Argentina to the list of regions considered free of exotic Newcastle disease. We have conducted a risk evaluation and have determined that Argentina has met our requirements for being recognized as free of this disease. This proposed action would eliminate certain restrictions on the importation into the United States of poultry and poultry products from Argentina. We would also add Argentina to the list of regions that, although declared free of exotic Newcastle disease, must provide an additional certification to confirm that any poultry or poultry products offered for importation into the United States originate in a region free of exotic Newcastle disease and that, prior to importation into the United States, such poultry or poultry products were not commingled with poultry or poultry products from regions where exotic Newcastle disease exists.
Importation of Whole Cuts of Boneless Beef from Japan
Document Number: 05-16422
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations governing the importation of meat and other edible animal products by allowing, under certain conditions, the importation of whole cuts of boneless beef from Japan. We are proposing this action in response to a request from the Government of Japan and after conducting an analysis of the risk that indicates that such beef can be safely imported from Japan under the conditions described in this proposal.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Animal Welfare
Document Number: 05-16377
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection in support of the regulations issued under the Animal Welfare Act governing the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of certain animals by dealers, research institutions, exhibitors, carriers, and intermediate handlers
Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Records and Reports
Document Number: 05-16266
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act regulations concerning records and reports to require veterinary biologics licensees and permittees to record specific information concerning adverse events associated with the use of biological products that they produce or distribute and to compile and submit those records in a summary report to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) every 12 months for products licensed for 1 year or more; for newly licensed products, a summary report would have to be submitted at 6-month intervals during the first year of the product license and at 12-month intervals thereafter. The summary report would also have to identify the number of doses, or the average number of doses, of the product in distribution channels, if available. These records and reports would help ensure that APHIS will be able to provide complete and accurate information to consumers regarding adverse reactions or other problems associated with the use of licensed biological products. This proposed rule replaces a previously published proposed rule, which we are withdrawing as part of this document, that contained fewer specifics concerning the information that would have to be recorded in adverse event reports associated with the use of veterinary biologics that are submitted to the Agency.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; National Poultry Improvement Plan
Document Number: E5-4405
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection in support of the National Poultry Improvement Plan.
Monsanto Company; Availability of Petition and Environmental Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Corn Genetically Engineered for Insect Resistance
Document Number: E5-4384
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a petition from Monsanto Company seeking a determination of nonregulated status for corn designated as transformation event MON 88017, which has been genetically engineered for resistance to a corn rootworm complex and for tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate. The petition has been submitted in accordance with our regulations concerning the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms and products. In accordance with those regulations, we are soliciting public comments on whether this corn presents a plant pest risk. We are also making available for public comment an environmental assessment for the proposed determination of nonregulated status.
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Availability of Environmental Assessment for Field Tests of Genetically Engineered Erwinia carotovora
Document Number: E5-4382
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment for a field trial of genetically engineered strains of a bacterium, Erwinia carotovora, the causal agent of tuber soft rot disease in potato. The bacteria have been genetically engineered to disrupt the disease causing pathway. This field trial will allow researchers to better understand the function of each mutated gene under field conditions. This environmental assessment is available for public review and comment.
University of Kentucky; Availability of Environmental Assessment for Field Tests of Genetically Engineered Neotyphodium
Document Number: E5-4381
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment for a field trial of genetically engineered strains of an endophytic fungus of perennial ryegrass, Neotyphodium sp. isolate Lp1. The fungi have been genetically engineered to disrupt the ergovaline synthesis pathway. This environmental assessment is available for public review and comment.
Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico
Document Number: 05-16014
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are correcting an error in an interim rule that amended the bovine tuberculosis regulations regarding State and zone classifications. This interim rule was published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2005 (70 FR 42259-42261, Docket No. 04-068-1).
Brucellosis in Swine; Add Florida to List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States
Document Number: 05-16013
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the brucellosis regulations concerning the interstate movement of swine by adding Florida to the list of validated brucellosis-free States. The interim rule was based on our determination that Florida meets the criteria for classification as a validated brucellosis-free State. That action relieved certain restrictions on the interstate movement of breeding swine from Florida.
Asian Longhorned Beetle; Removal of Regulated Areas
Document Number: 05-15709
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the Asian longhorned beetle regulations by removing portions of Cook and DuPage Counties, IL, from the list of quarantined areas and removing restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas. The interim rule was based on our determination that the Asian longhorned beetle no longer presents a risk of spread from those areas and that the quarantine and restrictions are no longer necessary.
Imported Fire Ant; Additions to Quarantined Areas in Arkansas and Tennessee
Document Number: 05-15623
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are amending the imported fire ant regulations by designating as quarantined areas all of 1 county in Arkansas and all or portions of 18 counties in Tennessee. As a result of this action, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas will be restricted. This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of imported fire ant to noninfested areas of the United States.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; State-Federal Brucellosis Eradication Program
Document Number: 05-15517
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with the State-Federal Brucellosis Eradication Program.
Animal Welfare; Standards for Ferrets
Document Number: 05-15516
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are notifying the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a petition requesting that specific standards be promulgated for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of domestic ferrets. We are soliciting comments from the public regarding the petition, and whether we should continue to regulate the handling, care, treatment, and transportation of ferrets covered by the Animal Welfare Act under the general standards in the regulations, or promulgate specific standards for ferrets. We are also requesting comments regarding what should be included in any such standards.
Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Foreign Quarantine Notices
Document Number: 05-15288
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection in support of regulations to prevent the introduction or spread of foreign plant pests within the United States.
Saltcedar; Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Number: 05-15287
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment relative to the control of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.). The environmental assessment considers the effects of, and alternatives to, the release of a nonindigenous leaf beetle, Diorhabda elongata, into the environment to reduce the severity of saltcedar infestations. The environmental assessment provides a basis for our conclusion that the release into the environment of the biological control agent will not present a risk of introducing plant pests into the United States or disseminating plant pests within the United States and will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Based on its findings of no significant impact, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.
Karnal Bunt; Regulated Areas
Document Number: 05-15166
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-08-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the Karnal bunt regulations by adding certain areas in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pinal Counties, AZ, and Riverside County, CA, to the list of regulated areas and by removing certain areas or fields in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, AZ, and Imperial County, CA, from the list of regulated areas. Those actions were necessary to prevent the spread of Karnal bunt to noninfected areas of the United States and to relieve restrictions on certain areas that are no longer necessary