[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 85 (Friday, May 2, 2003)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 23425]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-10875]


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Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 68, No. 85 / Friday, May 2, 2003 / Proposed 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 360

[Docket No. 02-067-2]


Noxious Weeds; Cultivars of Kikuyu Grass

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for our advance notice of 
proposed rulemaking in which we solicited data regarding research or 
studies on cultivars of kikuyu grass, especially data concerning 
potential invasiveness in the United States of cultivars of kikuyu 
grass. This action will allow interested persons additional time to 
prepare and submit comments.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive regarding Docket 
No. 02-067-1 on or before May 16, 2003.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by postal mail/commercial delivery 
or electronically. If you use postal mail/commercial delivery, please 
send four copies of your comment (an original and three copies) to: 
Docket No. 02-067-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, 
Station 3C71, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. 
Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. 02-067-1. If you 
wish to submit electronic comments, please visit the Internet Web site 
http://comments.aphis.usda.gov and follow the instructions there.
    You may read any comments that we receive on this docket in our 
reading room, or online at http://comments.aphis.usda.gov. Electronic 
comments will be posted to this Web site immediately after receipt, and 
postal mail/commercial delivery comments will be scanned and posted to 
the Web site within a few days after receipt. 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.
    APHIS documents published in the Federal Register, and related 
information, including the names of organizations and individuals who 
have commented on APHIS dockets, are available on the Internet at 
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael A. Lidsky, Esq., Assistant 
Director, Regulatory Coordination, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 
141, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-5762.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On February 10, 2003, we published in the Federal Register (68 FR 
6653-6655, Docket No. 02-067-1) an advance notice of proposed 
rulemaking in which we announced that we are considering whether we 
should remove Whittet and AZ-1, two cultivars of kikuyu grass, from the 
list of noxious weeds. In that document, we solicited data regarding 
research or studies on cultivars of kikuyu grass, especially data 
concerning potential invasiveness in the United States of cultivars of 
kikuyu grass, in order to help us make a scientifically sound decision.
    Comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking were required 
to be received on or before April 11, 2003. We are reopening the 
comment period for Docket No. 02-067-1 for an additional 14 days from 
the date of this notice. This action will allow interested persons 
additional time to prepare and submit comments. We will also consider 
all comments received between April 12, 2003 (the day after the close 
of the original comment period) and the date of this notice.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7711-7714, 7718, 7731, 7751, and 7754; 7 CFR 
2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 29th day of April 2003.
Peter Fernandez,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 03-10875 Filed 5-1-03; 8:45 am]
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