Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
Affirmation of interim rule as final rule.
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the imported fire ant regulations by designating as quarantined areas all or portions of six counties in South Carolina and nine counties in Tennessee and restricting the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas. This interim rule was necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the imported fire ant to noninfested areas of the United States.
The interim rule became effective on January 30, 2003.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Charles L. Brown, Imported Fire Ant Program Manager, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 134, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-8247.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
In an interim rule effective January 30, 2003, and published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2003 (68 FR 5794-5796, Docket No. 02-114-1), we amended the imported fire ant regulations contained in 7 CFR 301.81 through 301.81-10 by adding all or portions of six counties in South Carolina and nine counties in Tennessee to the list of quarantined areas in § 301.81-3(e). As a result of that interim rule, the interstate movement of regulated articles from these areas is restricted.
Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or before April 7, 2003. We received two comments by that date. The comments were from private citizens. Both commenters generally supported the interim rule. Therefore, for the reasons given in the interim rule, we are adopting the interim rule as a final rule.
This action also affirms the information contained in the interim rule concerning Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, Executive Orders 12372 and 12988, and the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Further, for this action, the Office of Management and Budget has waived its review under Executive Order 12866.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 301
- Agricultural commodities
- Plant diseases and pests
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
PART 301—DOMESTIC QUARANTINE NOTICESEnd Part Start Amendment PartEnd Amendment Part Start Signature
Done in Washington, DC, this 2nd day of May 2003.
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 03-11437 Filed 5-7-03; 8:45 am]
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