[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 153 (Tuesday, August 10, 2010)]
[Pages 48303-48304]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-19685]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0067]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; U.S. Origin Health Certificate

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 extension of approval of an information collection 
associated with the export of animals and animal products from the 
United States.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
October 12, 2010.

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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-2010-0067) to submit or view comments 
and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of 
your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0067, 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-2010-0067.
    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 the export of 
animals and animal products from the United States, contact Dr. Antonio 
Ramirez, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Technical Trade Services Team - 
Animals, NCIE, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737; 
(301) 734-8364. For copies of more detailed information on the 
information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' 
Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: U.S. Origin Health Certificate.
    OMB Number: 0579-0020.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: The export of agricultural commodities, including animals 
and animal products, is a major business in the United States and 
contributes to a favorable balance of trade. The U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), 
Veterinary Services (VS) maintains information regarding the import 
health requirements of other countries for animals and animal products 
exported from the United States, as most countries require a 
certification that our animals are free from specific diseases and show 
no clinical evidence of disease. This certification must carry the USDA 
seal and be endorsed by an APHIS, APHIS accredited, or State 
veterinarian. VS Forms 17-140/17-140A, U.S. Origin Health Certificate/
Continuation Sheet, and VS Form 17-145, U.S. Origin Health Certificate 
for the Export of Horses from the United Sates to Canada, are used to 
meet the certification requirements of other countries. In addition, 
other information collection activities used for the export of animals 
and animal products may include: Environmental certification for export 
facilities; notarized statements; documentation of undue hardship for 
animals departing from a specific export location; requests regarding 
approval or withdrawal of approval of export facilities; and 
recordkeeping for modification of rail stanchions on vessels.
    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 
information collection, 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 information collection 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 0.4999639 hours per response.
    Respondents: Accredited veterinarians; sheep, goat, and horse 
owners/facility operators; exporters; and owners of ocean vessels used 
to export livestock from the United States.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 2,056.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 13.5.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 27,756.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 13,877 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 4\th\ day of August 2010.

Gregory Parham
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-19685 Filed 8-9-10: 8:45 am]