[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 114 (Thursday, June 12, 2008)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 33333]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-13226]


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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. 73, No. 114 / Thursday, June 12, 2008 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Parts 301 and 319

[Docket No. APHIS-2006-0189]
RIN 0579-AC67


Movement of Hass Avocados From Areas Where Mexican Fruit Fly or 
Sapote Fruit Fly Exist

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 our domestic quarantine regulations to provide for the 
interstate movement of Hass avocados from Mexican fruit fly and sapote 
fruit fly quarantined areas in the United States with a certificate if 
the fruit is safeguarded after harvest in accordance with specific 
measures. The proposed rule would also amend our foreign quarantine 
regulations to remove trapping and bait spray treatment requirements 
related to Anastrepha spp. fruit flies for imported Hass avocados from 
Michoacan, Mexico. 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 June 
26, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/
main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2006-0189 to submit or view comments and 
to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of 
your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0189, 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-2006-0189.
    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: Regarding the interstate movement of 
Hass avocados from Mexican fruit fly and sapote fruit fly quarantined 
areas, contact Mr. Wayne D. Burnett, Domestic Coordinator, Fruit Fly 
Exclusion and Detection, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 137, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-6553. Regarding import conditions 
for Hass avocados from Mexico, contact Mr. David B. Lamb, Import 
Specialist, Commodity Import Analysis and Operations, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 
River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-8758.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 2, 2008, we published in the 
Federal Register (73 FR 17930-17935, Docket No. APHIS-2006-0189) a 
proposal \1\ to relieve certain restrictions regarding the movement of 
Hass variety avocados. Specifically, we proposed to amend our domestic 
quarantine regulations to provide for the interstate movement of Hass 
avocados from Mexican fruit fly and sapote fruit fly quarantined areas 
in the United States with a certificate if the fruit is safeguarded 
after harvest in accordance with specific measures. We also proposed to 
amend our foreign quarantine regulations to remove trapping and bait 
spray treatment requirements related to Anastrepha spp. fruit flies for 
imported Hass avocados from Michoacan, Mexico.
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    \1\ To view the proposed rule, supporting documents, and any 
comments we have received, go to http://www.regulations.gov/
fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2006-0189.
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    Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or 
before June 2, 2008. We are reopening the comment period on Docket No. 
APHIS-2006-0189 for an additional 2 weeks. We will also consider all 
comments received between June 3, 2008, and the date of this notice. 
This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare 
and submit comments.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701-7772, and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 
and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.


    Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of June 2008.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. E8-13226 Filed 6-11-08; 8:45 am]
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