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Notice of Revision and Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Swine Health

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AGENCY:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Revision and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to revise an information collection associated with regulations to prevent the interstate spread of swine diseases and protect swine health and to request extension of approval of the information collection

DATES:

We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 13, 2010.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to (http://www.regulations.gov/​fdmspublic/​component/​main?​main=​DocketDetail&​d=​APHIS-2009-0090) to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0090, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0090.Start Printed Page 33575

Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our reading room. The reading room is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at (http://www.aphis.usda.gov).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For information on regulations to prevent the interstate spread of swine diseases and to protect swine health, contact Dr. Troy Bigelow, Staff Veterinarian, Aquaculture, Swine, Equine, and Poultry Programs, VS, APHIS, Federal Building, Room 891, Des Moines, IA 50309; (515) 284-4121. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Swine Health.

OMB Number: 0579-0137.

Type of Request: Revision and extension of approval of an information collection.

Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is authorized, among other things, to prohibit or restrict the interstate movement of animals and animal products to prevent the dissemination within the United States of animal diseases and pests of livestock and to conduct programs to detect, control, and eradicate pests and diseases of livestock. APHIS regulations at 9 CFR, chapter I, subchapter C, govern the interstate movement of animals and other articles to prevent the spread of pests and diseases of livestock within the United States.

The regulations in part 71 contain requirements for the interstate movement of swine within a production system to prevent the spread of swine diseases, and Part 85 regulates the interstate movement of swine to prevent the spread of the pseudorabies virus (PRV). Under the Pseudorabies Eradication Program, part 52 allows for the payment of indemnity to owners for the depopulation of swine known to be infected with PRV. Together these regulations protect the health of the U.S. swine population. Information collection activities associated with the regulations include, for part 71, a swine production system health plan and an interstate movement report and notification; for part 85, a Permit to Move Restricted Animals (VS Form 1-27), a certificate of veterinary inspection, an owner-shipper statement, an accredited veterinarian’s statement concerning embryos for implantation and semen shipments, and the completion and recordkeeping of a Quarterly Report of Pseudorabies Control Eradication Activities (VS Form 7-1); and, for part 52, an appraisal and indemnity claim form (VS Form 1-23), a herd management plan, VS Form 1-27, and a report of net salvage goods. Additionally, the swine must be moved to slaughter in a means of conveyance sealed with an official seal.

We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 years.

This information collection includes information collection requirements approved under OMB control numbers 0579-0070, “Pseudorabies,” 0579-0137, “Pseudorabies in Swine; Payment of Indemnity,” and 0579-0161, “Interstate Movement of Swine Within a Production System.” After OMB approves and combines the burden for the three collections under a single collection titled “Swine Health” (0579-0137), the Department will retire numbers 0579-0070 and 0579-0161.

The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us:

(1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.2567212 hours per response.

Respondents: U.S. swine herd owners, producers, and shippers; hobby farmers; State animal health officials; and accredited veterinarians.

Estimated annual number of respondents: 7,670.

Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 15.154498.

Estimated annual number of responses: 116,235.

Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 29,840 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.)

All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

Done in Washington, DC, this 9th day of June 2010.

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Kevin Shea

Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. 2010-14244 Filed 6-11-10; 8:45 pm]

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