[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 153 (Tuesday, August 11, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 40161-40162]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-19205]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2009-0061]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Importation of Products of Poultry and Birds

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: 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 request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with regulations restricting the importation of 
products of poultry and birds into the United States in order to 
prevent the introduction of poultry disease.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
October 13, 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-2009-0061 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-2009-0061, 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-2009-0061.
    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: For information regarding regulations 
for the importation of products of poultry and birds, contact Dr. 
Lynette Williams, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Technical Trade Services 
Team--Products, National Center for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 4700 
River Road Unit 40, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-3277. 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: Importation of Products of Poultry and Birds.
    OMB Number: 0579-0141.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et 
seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the 
United States Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other 
things, to prohibit or restrict the importation and interstate movement 
of animals and animal products to prevent the introduction into and 
dissemination within the United States of livestock diseases and pests. 
To carry out this mission, APHIS regulates the importation of animals 
and animal products into the United States. The regulations are 
contained in title 9, parts 92 through 98, of the Code of Federal 
Regulations.
    Part 94, Sec.  94.6, governs the importation of carcasses, parts or 
products of carcasses, and eggs (other than hatching eggs) of poultry, 
game birds, and other birds to prevent the introduction of exotic 
Newcastle disease (END) and highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype 
H5N1 into the United States. Various conditions for importation apply.
    These conditions include four information collection activities: 
(1) A certificate of origin that must be issued, (2) serial numbers 
that must be recorded, (3) records that must be maintained, and (4) 
cooperative service agreements that must be signed.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (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 
collection of information, 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 collection of information 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 1.14285 hours per response.

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    Respondents: Full-time salaried veterinarians employed by the 
national government of the exporting region.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 4.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.75.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 7.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 8 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 5th day of August 2009.
William H. Clay,
 Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. E9-19205 Filed 8-10-09; 8:45 am]
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