[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 134 (Friday, July 12, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 41866-41867]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-16762]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Parts 319 and 340

[Docket No. APHIS-2008-0011]
RIN 0579-AD75


Restructuring of Regulations on the Importation of Plants for 
Planting

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period and notice of public 
presentation.

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SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that 
would restructure the regulations governing the importation of plants 
for planting. This action will allow interested persons additional time 
to prepare and submit comments. We are also giving notice of a 
conference call and Web presentation in which we will provide 
participants with an overview of the proposed rule.

DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published April 25, 
2013 (78 FR 24634) is reopened. We will consider all comments that we 
receive on or before September 10, 2013. The conference call and Web 
presentation will be held on August 14, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
EDT.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2008-0011-0001.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2008-0011, 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-
0011 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: Ms. Heather Coady, Regulatory Policy 
Specialist, Plants for Planting Policy, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road 
Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-2076.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 25, 2013, we published in the 
Federal Register (78 FR 24634-24663, Docket No. APHIS-2008-0011) a 
proposal that would restructure the regulations governing the 
importation of plants for planting in 7 CFR part 319.
    Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or 
before June 24, 2013. We are reopening the comment period on Docket No. 
APHIS-2008-0011 for an additional 60 days. This action will allow 
interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments. We 
will also consider all comments received between June 24, 2013, and the 
date of this notice.
    In addition, we are providing notice of a conference call and Web 
presentation in which we will provide participants with an overview of 
the proposed rule. This event will be held on August 14, 2013, from 3 
p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Although we will answer questions about the 
proposal during this event, we will not be soliciting or addressing any 
comments on the rule. Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted as 
described in the ADDRESSES section of this document.
    If you are interested in participating in this event, please 
register at https://web01.aphis.usda.gov/MeetingReg.nsf/MtgRegistration?openform. Approximately 1 week before the event, 
registered participants will receive an email with a link to the Web 
presentation and conference line information. If you have any questions 
about the event, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT by phone or by email at 
heather.s.coady@aphis.usda.gov.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 450, 7701-7772, and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 
136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 9th day of July 2013.
Michael C. Gregoire,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-16762 Filed 7-11-13; 8:45 am]
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