[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 151 (Friday, August 7, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39609-39610]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-18989]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2009-0042]


Notice of Revision and Request for Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Plant Pest, Noxious Weed, and Garbage 
Regulations

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revision and extension of approval of an information 
collection; comment request.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to revise an information collection associated with plant 
pest, noxious weed, and garbage regulations and to request an extension 
of approval of the information collection.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
October 6, 2009.

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-2009-0042 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-2009-0042, 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-2009-0042.
    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this

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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: For information regarding plant pest, 
noxious weed, and garbage regulations, contact Dr. Shirley Wager-
Pag[eacute], Chief, Pest Permit Branch, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road 
Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-8453. For copies of more 
detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. 
Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 
851-2908.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Plant Pest, Noxious Weed, and Garbage Regulations.
    OMB Number: 0579-0054.
    Type of Request: Revision and extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is 
authorized, among other things, to prohibit the importation and 
interstate movement of plants, animals, plant and animal products, 
noxious weeds, and other articles to prevent the introduction into and 
dissemination within the United States of plant and animal pests and 
diseases and noxious weeds.
    In connection with this mission, APHIS regulates the importation 
and interstate movement of plant pests, noxious weeds, and waste 
material derived from plant or animal matter (commonly referred to as 
garbage) under 7 CFR parts 330 and 360 and 9 CFR part 94.
    These regulations contain information collection requirements, 
including requirements to apply for permits to import regulated 
articles (e.g., plant pests, noxious weeds, or soil) or to move 
regulated articles interstate, requirements for facilities to be 
approved by APHIS to dispose of regulated garbage, and requirements for 
any person engaged in the business of handling or disposing of 
regulated garbage to first enter into a compliance agreement with 
APHIS. These requirements are necessary to ensure that importation and 
interstate movement of regulated articles, and disposal of regulated 
garbage, occur under appropriate conditions to prevent the 
dissemination of plant and animal pests and diseases and noxious weeds.
    This information collection includes information collection 
requirements currently approved by the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) under control numbers 0579-0054, ``Plant Pest, Noxious Weed, and 
Garbage Regulations,'' and 0579-0306, ``Interstate Movement of Garbage 
from Hawaii.'' After OMB approves and combines the burden for both 
collections under a single collection (0579-0054), the Department will 
retire number 0579-0306.
    We are asking OMB to approve our use of these information 
collection activities for an additional 3 years.
    The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public 
(as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. 
These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including 
whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
information collection, including the validity of the methodology and 
assumptions used;
    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and
    (4) Minimize the burden of the information collection on those who 
are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, 
mechanical, and other collection technologies, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 0.500398 hours per response.
    Respondents: Importers and shippers of plant pests, noxious weeds, 
and other regulated articles; State plant health authorities; owners/
operators of regulated garbage-handling facilities.
    Estimated annual number of respondents : 25,755.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.2193748.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 31,405.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 15,715 hours. (Due to 
averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of 
the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per 
response.)
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of 
public record.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of August 2009.
William H. Clay,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. E9-18989 Filed 8-6-09; 8:45 am]
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