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Emerald Ash Borer; Quarantined Areas; Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio

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AGENCY:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

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ACTION:

Affirmation of interim rule as final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the emerald ash borer regulations by adding areas in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio to the list of areas quarantined because of emerald ash borer. As a result of the interim rule, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas is restricted. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the emerald ash borer from infested areas in the States of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio into noninfested areas of the United States.

DATES:

Effective on August 30, 2006, we are adopting as a final rule the interim rule that became effective on May 18, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Deborah McPartlan, Operations Officer, Pest Detection and Management Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 134, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-4387.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

In an interim rule [1] effective May 18, 2006, and published in the Federal Register on May 24, 2006 (71 FR 29762-29766, Docket No. APHIS-2006-0046), we amended the emerald ash borer regulations contained in 7 CFR 301.53-1 through 301.53-9 by adding all or portions of Adams, Hamilton, Huntington, LaGrange, Marion, Randolph, and Steuben Counties, IN; Alcona, Barry, Benzie, Berrien, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Huron, Ionia, Iosco, Kalamazoo, Kent, Mason, Montcalm, Montmorency, Oceana, Ogemaw, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Sanilac, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties, MI; and Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lorain, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams, and Wood Counties, OH, to the list of quarantined areas in § 301.53-3(c). The interim rule restricted the interstate movement of regulated articles from these quarantined areas to prevent the artificial spread of emerald ash borer to noninfested areas of the United States.

Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or before July 24, 2006. We did not receive any comments. 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.

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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 that amended

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Done in Washington, DC, this 24th day of August 2006.

Elizabeth E. Gaston,

Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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Footnotes

1.  To view the interim rule, go to http://www.regulations.gov, click on the “Advanced Search” tab, and select “Docket Search.” In the Docket ID field, enter APHIS-2006-0046, then click on “Submit.” Clicking on the Docket ID link in the search results page will produce a list of all documents in the docket.

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[FR Doc. E6-14480 Filed 8-29-06; 8:45 am]

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