Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the importation of citrus from Peru.
We will consider all comments that we receive on or before February 14, 2012.
You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket Start Printed Page 78226may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0110 or in our reading room, which 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.
Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For information on regulations for the importation of citrus from Peru, contact Mr. Tony Román, Import Specialist, Regulatory Coordination and Compliance, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 156, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-5820. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.
End Further Info
Start Supplemental Information
Title: Citrus From Peru.
OMB Number: 0579-0289.
Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection.
Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States or their dissemination within the United States. Regulations authorized by the PPA concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world are contained in “Subpart—Fruits and Vegetables” (7 CFR 319.56-1 through 319.56-54).
Under these regulations, fresh citrus (grapefruit, limes, mandarins or tangerines, sweet oranges, and tangelos) from Peru is subject to certain conditions before entering the United States to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States. The regulations require the use of information collection activities, including inspections by national plant protection organization officials from Peru, grower registration and agreement, fruit fly trapping, monitoring, and recordkeeping, and a phytosanitary certificate.
We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 years.
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 7.769494 hours per response.
Respondents: National plant protection organization officials of Peru and growers of citrus fruit in Peru.
Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 444.
Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 9.2139639.
Estimated Annual Number of Responses: 4,091.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 31,785 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.
End Supplemental Information
Done in Washington, DC, this 12th day of December 2011.
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-32310 Filed 12-15-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-34-P