[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 172 (Tuesday, September 8, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 46080-46081]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-21600]


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Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 172 / Tuesday, September 8, 2009 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2009-0065]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced 
Through Genetic Engineering

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 for the introduction of 
organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
November 9, 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-2009-0065 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-2009-0065, 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-2009-0065.
    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 introduction of organisms and products altered or produced 
through genetic engineering, contact Mr. Steve Bennett, Branch Chief, 
Regulatory Operations Programs, BRS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 147, 
Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-5672. 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: 7 CFR Part 340; Introduction of Organisms and Products 
Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering.
    OMB Number: 0579-0085.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: Under the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.), 
the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to prohibit or restrict the 
importation, entry, or movement in interstate commerce of any plant, 
plant product, biological control organism, noxious weed, article, or 
means of conveyance, if the Secretary determines that the prohibition 
or restriction is necessary to prevent the introduction or the 
dissemination of a plant pest into the United States.
    Under that authority, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service has established regulations in 7 
CFR part 340, ``Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or 
Produced Through Genetic Engineering Which Are Plant Pests or Which 
There Is Reason to Believe Are Plant Pests.'' The regulations govern 
the introduction (importation, interstate movement, or release into the 
environment) of covered genetically engineered organisms and products 
(``regulated articles).'' A permit must be obtained or a notification 
acknowledged before a regulated article may be introduced.
    The regulations set forth the permit application requirements and 
the notification procedures for the importation, interstate movement, 
or release into the environment of a regulated article and necessitate 
certain information and recordkeeping requirements, including APHIS-
issued permits, applicants' field testing records, and the submission 
of protocols to ensure compliance.
    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 0.945142857 hours per response.
    Respondents: U.S. importers and shippers of genetically engineered 
organisms and products and agricultural companies that produce or test 
genetically engineered organisms or products or that engage in product 
research and development.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 121.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 28.925619834.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 3,500.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 3,308 hours. (Due to

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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 1st day of September 2009.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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