[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 173 (Friday, September 5, 2008)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 51717]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 301

[Docket No. APHIS-2007-0157]


Karnal Bunt; Removal of Regulated Areas in Texas

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 Baylor, Knox, 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 September 5, 2008, we are adopting as a final rule 
the interim rule published at 73 FR 18701-18703 on April 7, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Matthew H. Royer, Associate 
Director, Emergency and Domestic Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road 
Unit 26, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234; (301) 734-7819.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In an interim rule \1\ effective and published in the Federal 
Register on April 7, 2008 (73 FR 18701-18703, Docket No. APHIS-2007-
0157), 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 Baylor, Knox, 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 regulations under the criteria in Sec.  301.89-3(f). The 
interim rule relieved restrictions on fields within those areas that 
were no longer necessary.
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    \1\ To view the interim rule and the comment we received, go to 
http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/
main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2007-0157.
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    Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or 
before June 6, 2008. We received one comment by that date, from a State 
agricultural agency. The commenter supported the action taken in the 
interim rule. Therefore, for the reasons given in the interim rule, we 
are adopting the interim rule as a final rule without change.
    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 73 
FR 18701-18703 on April 7, 2008.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 29th day of August 2008.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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