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Withdrawal of Certain Proposed Rules and Other Proposed Actions

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice of withdrawal.

SUMMARY:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing that it has withdrawn certain advance notice of proposed rulemakings (ANPRM) and proposed rules that were either published in the Federal Register more than 4 years ago without subsequent action or determined to no longer be candidates for final action. USDA is taking this action to reduce its regulatory backlog and focus its resources on higher priority actions. The Department's actions are part of an overall regulatory reform strategy to reduce regulatory burden on the public and to ensure the Spring and Fall 2017 Unified Agendas of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions provided the public accurate information about rulemakings the Department intends to undertake.

DATES:

The advance notice of proposed rulemakings and proposed rules are withdrawn on January 4, 2018.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michael Poe, Telephone Number: (202) 720-3323. Email: Michael.poe@obpa.usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

USDA reviewed its pending proposed rules and other notices that published in the Federal Register more than 4 years ago, and for which no final rule or notice of withdrawal has been issued. The agency identified 14 such regulatory proposals for withdrawal. Additionally, USDA identified two proposed rules for withdrawal because they are not considered candidates for final action at this time.

Although not required to do so by the Administrative Procedure Act or by regulations of the Office of the Federal Register, the agency believes the public interest is best served by announcing in the Federal Register that it has withdrawn these 16 items. Therefore, for the reasons set forth above, USDA announces that it has withdrawn the following documents, published in the Federal Register on the dates indicated in the table below.

AgencyRINTitlePublished actionDateFR cite
FAS0551-AA68Quality Samples ProgramNPRM8/03/200671 FR 43992
FAS0551-AA81Export Sales Reporting ProgramNPRM3/19/201378 FR 16819
RUS0572-AC21Project Financing—Renewable Energy LoansANPRM6/5/201378 FR 33755
RUS0572-AC32Rural Determination and Financing PercentageNPRM6/5/201378 FR 33757
APHIS0579-AC28Viruses, Serums, Toxins, and Analogous Products; Detection of Avian Lymphoid Leukosis VirusNPRM1/31/200772 FR 4467
APHIS0579-AC65Tuberculosis: Require Approved Herd Plans Prior to Payment of IndemnityNPRM7/24/200873 FR 43171
APHIS0579-AD50Forfeiture Procedures Under the Endangered Species Act and the Lacey Act AmendmentsNPRM5/21/201378 FR 29659
APHIS0579-AD67Chrysanthemum White Rust Regulatory Status RestrictionsANPRM8/3/201277 FR 46339
AMS0581-AC83Farmers' Market Promotion ProgramNPRM1/19/201176 FR 3046
AMS0581-AD24Hardwood Lumber and Hardwood Plywood Research and Promotion ProgramNPRM11/13/201378 FR 68297
AMS0581-AD63Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information; Beef Promotion and Research; Amendments to Allow Redirection of State Assessments to the National Program; Technical AmendmentsNPRM7/15/201681 FR 45984
FNS0584-AC72National School Lunch Program: Reimbursement for snacks in afterschool care programsNPRM10/11/200065 FR 60502
Forest Service0596-AC46Small Business Administration Timber Sale Set-Aside ProgramNPRM8/1/200671 FR 43435
Forest Service0596-AC71Proposed Directive on Groundwater Resource Management, Forest Service Manual 2560NPRM5/6/201479 FR 25824
Forest Service0596-AC89Enhancing Policies Relating to PartnershipsANPRM9/14/201075 FR 55710
Forest Service0596-AD03Management of Surface Activities Associated with Outstanding Mineral Rights on National Forest System Lands (Directive)ANPRM12/29/200873 FR 79424

The withdrawal of these proposals identified in this document does not preclude the Department from reinstituting rulemaking concerning the issues addressed in the proposals listed in the chart. Should we decide to undertake such rulemakings in the future, we will re-propose the actions and provide new opportunities for comment. Furthermore, this notice is only intended to address the specific actions identified in this document, and Start Printed Page 475not any other pending proposals that USDA has issued or is considering. The Department notes that withdrawal of a proposal does not necessarily mean that the preamble statement of the proposal no longer reflects the current position of USDA on the matter addressed. You may wish to review the Department's website (http://www.USDA.gov) for any current guidance on these matter matters.

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Dated: December 26, 2017.

Rebeckah Adcock,

Regulatory Reform Officer and Senior Advisor to the Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2017-28433 Filed 1-3-18; 8:45 am]

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