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Sapote Fruit Fly

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AGENCY:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Affirmation of interim rules as final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting as a final rule, without change, two interim rules regarding sapote fruit fly. The first interim rule established regulations restricting the movement of regulated articles from a newly established quarantined area in Hidalgo County, TX. The second interim rule removed the quarantine on that portion of Hidalgo County, TX, and thus removed the restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area. The first interim rule was necessary to prevent the spread of sapote fruit fly to noninfested areas of the United States, and the second interim rule was necessary to reflect our determination that the sapote fruit fly had been eradicated from Hidalgo County, TX.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

The first interim rule became effective on May 2, 2003, and the second interim rule became effective on July 15, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Stephen A. Knight, Senior Staff Officer, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 134, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-8247.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

In an interim rule effective May 2, 2003, and published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2003 (68 FR 24605-24613, Docket No. 03-032-1), we amended the Domestic Quarantine Notices in 7 CFR part 301 by adding a new “Subpart—Sapote Fruit Fly” (§§ 301.99 through 301.99-10, referred to below as the regulations). The regulations designated a portion of Hidalgo County, TX, as a quarantined area because of an infestation of sapote fruit fly and restricted the interstate movement of regulated articles from the quarantined area.

In a second interim rule effective July 15, 2003, and published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2003 (68 FR 43285-43286, Docket No. 03-032-2), we amended the regulations by removing the quarantine on a portion of Hidalgo County, TX, and removing restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area based on our determination that the sapote fruit fly had been eradicated from that area. Upon the effective date of our July 2003 interim rule, there were no longer any areas in the continental United States quarantined for the sapote fruit fly.

Comments on each interim rule were required to be received on or before 60 days after the date of its publication in the Federal Register. We did not receive any comments on either of the interim rules. Therefore, for the reasons given in the interim rules, we are adopting the interim rules as a final rule.

This action also affirms the information contained in the interim rules 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.

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List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 301

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PART 301—DOMESTIC QUARANTINE NOTICES

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Accordingly, we are adopting as a final rule, without change, the interim rule establishing “Subpart—Sapote Fruit Fly” (

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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701-7772; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

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Section 301.75-15 also issued under Sec. 204, Title II, Pub. L. 106-113, 113 Stat. 1501A-293; sections 301.75-15 and 301.75-16 also issued under Sec. 203, Title II, Pub. L. 106-224, 114 Stat. 400 (7 U.S.C. 1421 note).

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Done in Washington, DC, this 8th day of October, 2003.

Peter Fernandez,

Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. 03-25882 Filed 10-10-03; 8:45 am]

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