West Indian Fruit Fly; Regulated Articles
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the West Indian fruit fly regulations by removing grapefruit, sweet lime, sour orange, and sweet orange from the list of regulated articles. A review of available scientific literature and other information led us to conclude that these citrus fruits do not present a risk of spreading West Indian fruit fly. This action affirms the elimination of restrictions on the interstate movement of these citrus fruits from areas quarantined because of the West Indian fruit fly.
Mexican Fruit Fly; Quarantined Areas and Treatments for Regulated Articles
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the Mexican fruit fly regulations to provide for the use of irradiation as a treatment for fruits listed as regulated articles. We are also adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended those regulations by removing a portion of San Diego County, CA, from the list of quarantined areas. Those interim rules were necessary to provide an additional option for qualifying regulated articles for movement from quarantined areas and to relieve restrictions that were no longer needed to prevent the spread of Mexican fruit fly to noninfested areas of the United States.
Citrus From Peru
We are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation, under certain conditions, of fresh commercial citrus fruit (grapefruit, limes, mandarin oranges or tangerines, sweet oranges, and tangelos) from approved areas of Peru into the United States. Based on the evidence in a recent pest risk analysis, we believe these articles can be safely imported from Peru, provided certain conditions are met. This action would provide for the importation of citrus from Peru into the United States while continuing to protect the United States against the introduction of plant pests.
Notice of Request for Approval of an Information Collection; Voluntary “Do Not Sell” List of Invasive Plant Species
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request approval of a new information collection activity associated with a voluntary ``do not sell'' list of invasive plant species for Florida nurseries.
Monsanto Company; Availability of Petition and Environmental Assessment for Determination of Nonregulated Status for Corn Genetically Engineered To Express High Lysine Levels
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 LY038, which has been genetically engineered to express a lysine-insensitive dihydrodipicolinate synthase (cDHDPS) enzyme, which allows for the accumulation of higher levels of lysine in the germ of the seed. Corn-soybean meal based diets formulated for poultry and swine are characteristically deficient in lysine and require the addition of supplemental lysine for optimal animal growth and production. This corn product may provide an alternative to supplementation of feed with lysine. 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.
Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act; Delegation of Authority
This document delegates the authority given to the Secretary of Agriculture under the Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act of 2004 to establish a program to provide financial and technical assistance to control or eradicate noxious weeds. Authority is delegated from the Secretary of Agriculture to the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; from that official to the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; and from the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to the Deputy Administrator for Plant Protection and Quarantine. In addition, this document also removes references to statutes that were repealed upon enactment of the Plant Protection Act and statutes that were repealed upon enactment of the Animal Health Protection Act.
Animal Welfare; Standards for Ferrets: Extension of Comment Period
We are extending the comment period for our notice announcing the receipt of a petition requesting that specific standards be promulgated for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of domestic ferrets. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Public Meeting; National Animal Identification System
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will hold a public meeting concerning the animal movement tracking database component for the National Animal Identification System. The purpose of the meeting is to initiate dialogue about this initiative with industry stakeholders, including representatives of national organizations that represent livestock and poultry production sectors, livestock producers, and other interested individuals. This notice provides information on the discussion topics as well as the date, time, and place of the meeting.
Cut Flowers From Countries With Chrysanthemum White Rust
We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that would amend the cut flowers regulations to establish specific requirements for the importation of cut flowers that are hosts of chrysanthemum white rust (CWR) from countries where the disease is known to occur. We also proposed to amend the nursery stock regulations to update lists of countries where CWR is known to occur. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.
Add Argentina to the List of Regions Considered Free of Exotic Newcastle Disease; Correction
In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on August 23, 2005 (Docket No. 04-083-1), we proposed to amend the regulations by adding Argentina to the list of regions considered free of exotic Newcastle disease (END) and announced the availability of a qualitative evaluation regarding the END status of Argentina. The proposed rule contained an incorrect Internet address and incomplete instructions on how to access the qualitative evaluation. This document corrects those errors.