[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 188 (Wednesday, September 29, 2010)]
[Pages 60065-60066]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-24351]

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0093]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant 

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 required by the Lacey Act for the importation of certain 
plants and plant products.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
November 29, 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-2010-0093) 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-2010-0093, 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-2010-0093.
    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 Lacey Act 
declaration requirement, contact Mr. Craig Fedchock, Director, 
International Development, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 131, 
Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-3779. For copies of more detailed 
information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste 
Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant 
    OMB Number: 0579-0349.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: The Food, Conversation, and Energy Act of 2008, effective 
May 22, 2008, amended the Lacey Act (the Act) by expanding its 
protection to a broader range of plants and plant products (Section 
8204, Prevention of Illegal Logging Practices). The Lacey Act, as 
amended, makes it unlawful to import, export, transport, sell, receive, 
acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any plant, with 
some limited exceptions, taken, possessed, transported or sold in 
violation of the laws of the United States, a State, an Indian tribe, 
or any foreign law that protects plants. The 2008 amendment to the Act 
also makes it unlawful to make or submit any false record, account or 
label for, or any false identification of, any plant covered by the 
    In addition, section 3 of the Act makes it unlawful to import 
certain plants and plant products without an import declaration. The 
declaration must contain, among other things, the scientific name of 
the plant, value of the importation, quantity of the plant, and name of 
the country from which the plant was harvested. For paper and 
paperboard products with recycled plant content, the importer will not 
be required to specify the species or country of harvest with respect 
to the recycled plant product component, but will be required to 
provide the average percentage of recycled content. If the product also 
contains non-recycled plant materials, the basic declaration 
requirements still apply to that component of the product imported. PPQ 
Form 505 (Plant and Plant Product Declaration Form) is available at 
    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 
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 8 hours per response.
    Respondents: Importers of certain plants and plant products.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 81,928.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 20.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 1,638,560.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 13,108,480 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 response.)
    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 23\rd\ day of September 2010.

Kevin Shea
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-24351 Filed 9-28-10; 12:01 pm]