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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
Renewal and revision 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 a renewal and revision of an information collection associated with the regulations for the commercial transportation of equines for slaughter.
We will consider all comments that we receive on or before February 27, 2017.
You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2016-0096 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.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For information on the regulations for the commercial transportation of equines for slaughter, contact Dr. Rory Carolan, National Equine Programs, Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Services, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 46, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3558. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483.
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Title: Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter.
OMB Control Number: 0579-0160.
Type of Request: Renewal and revision of an information collection.
Abstract: Under the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (“the Farm Bill”), Congress gave responsibility to the Secretary of Agriculture to regulate the commercial transportation within the United States of equines for slaughter. Sections 901-905 of the Farm Bill (7 U.S.C. 1901 note) authorized the Secretary to issue guidelines for the regulation of commercial transportation of equines for slaughter by persons regularly engaged in that activity within the United States. As a result of that authority, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established regulations in 9 CFR part 88, “Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter.”
The minimum standards for transportation cover, among other things, the food, water, and rest provided to such equines. The regulations also require the owner/shipper of the equines to take certain actions in loading and transporting the equines and to certify that the commercial transportation meets certain requirements. In addition, the regulations prohibit the commercial transportation for slaughter of equines considered to be unfit for travel, the use of electric prods on such animals in commercial transportation to slaughter, and the use of double-deck trailers for commercial transportation of equines for slaughter.
These regulations require several information collection activities, including a USDA-APHIS Owner/Shipper Certificate Fitness to Travel for Slaughter Form/Continuation Sheet, application of backtags, the collection of business information from any individual or other entity found to be transporting horses for slaughter, and recordkeeping.
We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities, as described, for 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 0.29 hours per response.
Respondents: Owners and shippers of equines for slaughter, drivers of the transport vehicles, and foreign officials.
Estimated annual number of respondents: 302.
Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 40.7.
Estimated annual number of responses: 12,300.
Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 3,508 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.
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Done in Washington, DC, this 20th day of December 2016.
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-31416 Filed 12-27-16; 8:45 am]
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