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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 Christmas cactus and Easter cactus in growing media from the Netherlands and Denmark.
We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 20, 2015.
You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0032.
- Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2015-0032, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.
Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0032 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) 799-7039 before coming.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For information on the importation of Christmas cactus and Easter cactus in growing media from the Netherlands and Denmark, contact Mr. William Aley, Senior Regulatory Specialist, PPP, RPM, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-2130. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2727.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title: Importation of Christmas Cactus and Easter Cactus in Growing Media From the Netherlands and Denmark.
OMB Control Number: 0579-0266.
Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection.
Abstract: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized 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. The Secretary has delegated this authority to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
The regulations contained in “Subpart—Plants for Planting” (7 CFR 319.37 through 319.37-14) prohibit or restrict, among other things, the importation of living plants, plant parts, and seeds for propagation. These regulations are intended to ensure that imported plants for planting do not serve as a host for plant pests, such as insects or pathogens, that can cause damage to U.S. agricultural and environmental resources.
Under these regulations, Christmas cactus and Easter cactus in approved growing media may be imported into the United States from the Netherlands and Denmark under certain conditions, which require the use of a phytosanitary certificate and declaration stating the plants were grown in accordance with specific conditions, an agreement between APHIS and the plant protection service of the country where the plants are grown, and an agreement between the foreign plant protection service and the grower.
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 0.57 hours per response.
Respondents: Foreign plant protection service officials and growers in the Netherlands and Denmark.
Estimated annual number of respondents: 20.
Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 10.5.
Estimated annual number of responses: 210.
Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 120 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.Start Signature
Done in Washington, DC, this 13th day of May 2015.
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-12073 Filed 5-18-15; 8:45 am]
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