[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 126 (Monday, July 2, 2007)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 35909]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-12754]



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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 301

[Docket No. APHIS-2006-0105]


Asian Longhorned Beetle; Removal of Quarantined Area in Illinois

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 Asian longhorned beetle regulations by removing the 
Oz Park area in Cook County, IL, from the list of quarantined areas and 
removing restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles 
from those areas. We have determined that the Asian longhorned beetle 
no longer presents a risk of spread from that area and that the 
quarantine and restrictions are no longer necessary. With that action, 
there are no longer any areas in Illinois that are quarantined because 
of the Asian longhorned beetle.

DATES: Effective on July 2, 2007, we are adopting as a final rule the 
interim rule that was published at 71 FR 40879-40880 on July 19, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael B. Stefan, National 
Coordinator, Pest Detection and Management Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 
River Road Unit 134, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-7338.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The regulations in 7 CFR 301.51-1 through 301.51-9 (referred to 
below as the regulations) restrict the interstate movement of regulated 
articles from quarantined areas in order to prevent the artificial 
spread of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) into noninfested areas of 
the United States. Quarantined areas are listed in Sec.  301.51-3 of 
the regulations.
    In an interim rule \1\ effective July 13, 2006, and published in 
the Federal Register on July 19, 2006 (71 FR 40879-40880, Docket No. 
APHIS-2006-0105), we amended the regulations in Sec.  301.51-3(c) by 
removing the entry for Cook County, IL, from the list of quarantined 
areas.
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    \1\ To view the interim rule, go to http://www.regulations.gov/
fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocumentDetail&d=APHIS-2006-0105-
0001.
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    Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or 
before September 18, 2006. We did not receive any comments. Therefore, 
for the reasons given in the interim rule, we are adopting the interim 
rule as a final rule.
    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.
    Further, for this action, the Office of Management and Budget has 
waived its review under Executive Order 12866.

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 40879-40880 on July 19, 2006.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 26th day of June 2007.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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