[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 144 (Friday, July 27, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 41239]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-14530]


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Proposed Rules
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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. 72, No. 144 / Friday, July 27, 2007 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 301

[Docket No. APHIS-2007-0022]
RIN 0579-AC34


Citrus Canker; Movement of Fruit From Quarantined Areas

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that 
would amend the citrus canker regulations by modifying the conditions 
under which fruit may be moved interstate from quarantined areas. This 
action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and 
submit comments.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
August 7, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov, select ``Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service'' from the agency drop-down menu, then click ``Submit.'' In the 
Docket ID column, select APHIS-2007-0022 to submit or view public 
comments and to view supporting and related materials available 
electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including 
instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing 
the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through 
the site's ``User Tips'' link.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send four copies 
of your comment (an original and three copies) to Docket No. APHIS-
2007-0022, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-
03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state 
that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0022.
    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this 
docket in our reading room. 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.
    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its 
programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Stephen Poe, Senior Operations 
Officer, Emergency Domestic Programs, Plant Protection and Quarantine, 
APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-
4387.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 21, 2007, we published in the 
Federal Register (72 FR 34180-34191, Docket No. APHIS-2007-0022) a 
proposal to amend the citrus canker regulations by modifying the 
conditions under which fruit may be moved interstate from quarantined 
areas. Under this proposed rule, we would eliminate the requirement 
that the groves in which the fruit is produced be inspected and found 
free of citrus canker, and instead require that fruit produced in the 
quarantined area be treated with a surface disinfectant treatment in a 
packinghouse operating under a compliance agreement and that each lot 
of finished fruit be inspected at the packinghouse and found free of 
visible symptoms of citrus canker. We would, however, retain the 
current prohibition on the movement of fruit from a quarantined area 
into commercial citrus-producing States.
    Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or 
before July 23, 2007. We are reopening the comment period on Docket No. 
APHIS-2007-0022 for an additional 15 days. This action will allow 
interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We 
will also consider all comments received between July 24, 2007, and the 
date of this notice. We have allowed comments to be submitted through 
Regulations.gov (see ADDRESSES block) during that period.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701-7772 and 7781-7786; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, 
and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 24th day of July 2007.
W. Ron DeHaven,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
 [FR Doc. E7-14530 Filed 7-26-07; 8:45 am]
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