Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service November 26, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Determination; New and Revised Treatments for the Imported Fire Ant Program
Document Number: 2013-28322
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are advising the public that we are adding or revising certain treatment schedules for the Imported Fire Ant Program in the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Treatment Manual. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment a treatment evaluation document that discussed the existing treatment schedules, described the new treatment schedules, and explained why these changes are necessary. We also made available an environmental assessment that explained pesticide use in the new and revised treatments in the imported fire ant program. Based on the treatment evaluation document, the environmental assessment, and the comments we received, we are announcing our determination to add those new and revised treatments to the PPQ Treatment Manual.
Petition To Promulgate Standards for Bears Under the Animal Welfare Act Regulations
Document Number: 2013-28312
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-11-26
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 we amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add specific standards for the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of all species of bears held in captivity except polar bears, for which there are already standards. We are making this petition available to the public and soliciting comments regarding the petition and any issues raised by the petition that we should take into account as we consider this petition.