[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 236 (Monday, December 8, 2008)]
[Pages 74452-74453]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-28966]

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2008-0132]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Special Need Requests Under the Plant Protection Act

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 


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 to allow States to impose 
prohibitions or restrictions on specific articles in addition to those 
required by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to help 
protect against the introduction and establishment of plant pests.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
February 6, 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-2008-0132 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-2008-0132, 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-2008-0132.
    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 special need 
requests under the Plant Protection Act, contact Dr. Osama El Lissy, 
Director, Emergency Management, Emergency and Domestic Programs, PPQ, 
APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-8247. 
For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, 
contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection 
Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: Special Need Requests Under the Plant Protection Act.
    OMB Number: 0579-0291.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: As authorized by the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 
et seq.) (PPA), the Secretary of Agriculture may prohibit or restrict 
the importation, entry, exportation, or movement in interstate commerce 
of any plant, plant product, biological control organism, noxious weed, 
means of conveyance, or other article if the Secretary determines that 
the prohibition or restriction is necessary to prevent a plant pest or 
noxious weed from being introduced into or disseminated within the 
United States. This authority has been delegated to the Animal and 
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which administers regulations 
to implement the PPA. Regulations governing the interstate movement of 
plants, plant products, and other articles are contained in 7 CFR part 
301, ``Domestic Quarantine Notices.''
    The regulations in ``Subpart-Special Need Requests'' allow States 
or political subdivisions of States to request approval from APHIS to 
impose prohibitions or restrictions on the movement in interstate 
commerce of specific articles that pose a plant health risk that are in 
addition to the prohibitions and restrictions imposed by APHIS. This 
process requires information collection activities, including a pest 
data detection survey with a pest risk analysis showing that a pest is 
not present in a State, or, if already present, the current 
distribution in the State, and that the pest would harm or injure the 
environment and/or agricultural resources of the State or political 
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 
    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 160 hours per response.
    Respondents: State Governments.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 10.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 10.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 1,600 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 
    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.

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    Done in Washington, DC, this 2nd day of December 2008.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. E8-28966 Filed 12-5-08; 8:45 am]