[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 98 (Monday, May 21, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 29914]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-12318]


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Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 98 / Monday, May 21, 2012 / Proposed 
Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

9 CFR Parts 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, and 98

[Docket No. APHIS-2008-0010]
RIN 0579-AC68


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Bovines and 
Bovine Products

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that 
would amend the regulations that govern the importation of animals and 
animal products to revise the conditions for the importation of live 
bovines and products derived from bovines with regard to bovine 
spongiform encephalopathy. This action will allow interested persons 
additional time to prepare and submit comments.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 
14, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2008-0010-0001.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2008-0010, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
1238.
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2008-
0010 or in our reading room, which 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) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning live 
ruminants, contact Dr. Betzaida Lopez, Import Animal Staff 
Veterinarian, Technical Trade Services, Animals, Organisms and Vectors, 
and Select Agents, National Center for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 
4700 River Road Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-3364.
    For information regarding ruminant products and for other 
information regarding this proposed rule, contact Dr. Christopher 
Robinson, Assistant Director, Technical Trade Services, Animal 
Products, National Center for Import and Export, VS, APHIS, 4700 River 
Road Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-3300.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 16, 2012, we published in the 
Federal Register (77 FR 15848-15913, Docket No. APHIS-2008-0010) a 
proposal to amend the regulations that govern the importation of 
animals and animal products to revise the conditions for the 
importation of live bovines and products derived from bovines with 
regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
    Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or 
before May 15, 2012. We are reopening the comment period on Docket No. 
APHIS-2008-0010 for an additional 30 days. This action will allow 
interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We 
will also consider all comments received between May 16, 2012 (the day 
after the close of the original comment period) and June 14, 2012.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301-8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 
9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.4.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 17th day of May 2012.
Gregory L. Parham,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-12318 Filed 5-17-12; 11:15 am]
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