[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 75 (Tuesday, April 20, 2010)]
[Pages 20558-20559]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-9053]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0015]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Plum Pox Compensation

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 that provide for the payment of 
compensation to owners of commercial stone fruit orchards and fruit 
tree nurseries whose trees or nursery stock were destroyed to eradicate 
plum pox virus.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 
21, 2010.

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-2010-0015) 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-2010-0015, 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-2010-0015.
    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 plum pox 
compensation, contact Dr. S. Anwar Rizvi, Senior Plant Pathologist/
National Program Manager, Plant Pathogen and Weed Programs, EDP, PPQ, 
APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 160, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-4313. 
For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, 
contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection 
Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: Plum Pox Compensation.
    OMB Number: 0579-0159.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) 
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture, either independently or in 
cooperation with the States, to carry out operations or measures to 
detect, eradicate, suppress, control, prevent, or retard the spread of 
plant pests, such as plum pox virus (PPV), that are new to or not 
widely distributed within the United States.
    Plum pox is an extremely serious viral disease of plants that can 
affect many Prunus (stone fruit) species, including plum, peach, 
apricot, almond, nectarine, and sweet and tart cherry. A number of wild 
and ornamental Prunus species may also be susceptible to this disease. 
Infection eventually results in severely reduced fruit production, and 
the fruit that is produced is often misshapen and blemished. PPV is 
transmitted under natural conditions by several species of aphids. The 
long distance spread of PPV occurs by budding and grafting with 
infected plant material and by farm tools/equipment, and through 
movement of infected budwood, nursery stock, and other plant parts.
    There are no known effective methods for treating trees or other 
plant material infected with PPV, nor are there any known effective 
preventive treatments. Without effective treatments, the only option 
for preventing the spread of the disease is the destruction of infected 
and exposed trees and other infected plant material.
    The regulations in ``Subpart-Plum Pox'' (7 CFR 301.74-301.74-5) 
quarantine areas of the United States where PPV has been detected, 
restrict the interstate movement of host material from quarantined 
areas, and provide for compensation to owners of commercial stone fruit 
orchards and fruit tree nurseries whose trees or nursery stock were 
destroyed to eradicate PPV.
    Section 301.74-5 requires applicants for the payment of 
compensation to complete a form.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of this information collection activity 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 0.5 hours per response.
    Respondents: Owners of commercial stone fruit orchards and owners 
of fruit tree nurseries.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 10.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.

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    Estimated annual number of responses: 10.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 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 
    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 14\th\ day of April 2010.

Kevin Shea
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-9053 Filed 4-19-10: 10:29 am]