[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 46 (Friday, March 9, 2007)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 10593]
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[FR Doc No: E7-4238]



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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 301

[Docket No. APHIS-2006-0149]


Karnal Bunt; Regulated Areas

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Affirmation of interim rule as final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim 
rule that amended the Karnal bunt regulations to remove certain areas 
or fields in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, AZ, and Archer, Baylor, Knox, 
McCulloch, San Saba, Throckmorton, and Young Counties, TX, from the 
list of regulated areas based on our determination that those fields or 
areas meet our criteria for release from regulation. The interim rule 
was necessary to relieve restrictions that are no longer necessary.

DATES: Effective on March 9, 2007, we are adopting as a final rule the 
interim rule published at 71 FR 67432-67436 on November 22, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Vedpal S. Malik, National Karnal 
Bunt Coordinator, Pest Detection and Management Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 
4700 River Road, Unit 134, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-3769.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In an interim rule \1\ effective November 16, 2006, and published 
in the Federal Register on November 22, 2007 (71 FR 67432-67436, Docket 
No. APHIS-2006-0149), we amended the karnal bunt regulations contained 
in Subpart--Karnal Bunt (7 CFR 301.78 through 301.78-10) by removing 
certain areas or fields in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, AZ, and in 
Archer, Baylor, Knox, McCulloch, San Saba, Throckmorton and Young 
Counties, TX, from the list of regulated areas in Sec.  301.89-3(g). 
That action was based on our determination that these fields or areas 
are eligible for release from regulation under the criteria in Sec.  
301.89-3(f). The interim rule relieved restrictions on fields within 
those areas that were no longer necessary. As a result of the interim 
rule, there are no longer any regulated areas in Archer, McCulloch, and 
San Saba Counties, TX, and the size of the regulated areas in each of 
the four remaining regulated Texas counties and in two of the three 
regulated Arizona counties has been reduced.
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    \1\ To view the interim rule and the comments we received, go to 
http://www.regulations.gov, click on the ``Advanced Search'' tab, 
and select ``Docket Search.'' In the Docket ID field, enter APHIS-
2006-0149, then click ``Submit.'' Clicking on the Docket ID link in 
the search results page will produce a list of all documents in the 
docket.
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    Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or 
before January 22, 2007. We received two comments by that date. The 
comments were from a State agricultural agency and a wheat industry 
group. Both commenters supported the interim rule. Therefore, for the 
reasons given in the interim rule, we are adopting the interim rule as 
a final rule.

    Note: In the preamble of the interim rule, the text of the 
economic analysis mistakenly stated that in 2004, Pinal County, AZ, 
was the largest contributor to the total U.S. wheat market of the 
deregulated counties. Throckmorton County, TX, was the largest 
contributor of the listed counties for that year. The information 
given in Table 2 for percentage shares of U.S. wheat production was 
correct.

    This action also affirms the information contained in the interim 
rule concerning Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act, Executive Orders 12372 and 12988, and the Paperwork Reduction Act.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 301

    Agricultural commodities, Plant diseases and pests, Quarantine, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation.

PART 301--DOMESTIC QUARANTINE NOTICES

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Accordingly, we are adopting as a final rule, without change, the 
interim rule that amended 7 CFR part 301 and that was published at 71 
FR 67432-67436 on November 22, 2006.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 5th day of March 2007.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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