[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 202 (Wednesday, October 21, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54019-54020]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-25331]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2009-0076]


Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Untreated Oranges, Tangerines, and Grapefruit from Mexico 
Transiting the United States to Foreign Countries

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 transit of untreated 
oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit from Mexico through the United 
States to other foreign countries.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
December 21, 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-2009-0076) 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-2009-0076, 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-2009-0076.
     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 on regulations for the 
transit of untreated oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit from Mexico 
through the United States to other foreign countries, contact Mr. Marc 
E. Phillips, Regulatory Permit Analyst, Plant and Plant Product 
Permits, RPM, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 
20737; (301) 734-0753. 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: Untreated Oranges, Tangerines, and 
Grapefruit from Mexico Transiting the United States to Foreign 
Countries.
    OMB Number: 0579-0303.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
collection.
    Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) 
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, 
entry, and interstate

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movement of any plant, plant product, biological control organism, 
noxious weed, means or conveyance, or other article to prevent the 
introduction of plant pests into the United States or their 
dissemination within the United States. This authority has been 
delegated to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    The plant quarantine safeguard regulations in title 7 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations, part 352, allow certain products or articles 
that are classified as prohibited or restricted products or articles 
under other regulations in title 7 to be moved through the United 
States under certain conditions. Such articles include fruits and 
vegetables that are moved into the United States for: (1) A temporary 
stay where unloading or landing is not intended, (2) unloading or 
landing for transshipment and exportation, (3) unloading or landing for 
transportation and exportation, or (4) unloading and entry at a port 
other than the port of first arrival.
    The regulations in Sec.  352.30 address the movement of untreated 
oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit from Mexico into or through the 
United States in transit to foreign countries. These regulations 
require the trucking industry and shippers to obtain permits from APHIS 
that allow the untreated fruit to transit the United States.
    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 0.5 hours per response.
    Respondents: Trucking industry; shippers.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 25.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 25.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 12.5 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 15\th\ day of October, 2009.

Kevin Shea
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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