[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 231 (Thursday, December 2, 2010)]
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[FR Doc No: 2010-30211]

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0107]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Update of Nursery Stock Regulations

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 regulations for the importation of nursery stock into 
the United States.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
January 31, 2011.

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-2010-0107 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-2010-0107, 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-2010-0107.
    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 regulations for the 
importation of nursery stock into the United States, contact Mr. Alex 
Belano, Branch Chief, Risk Management and Plants for Planting Policy, 
PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-
0627. For copies of more detailed information on the information 
collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection 
Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: Update of Nursery Stock Regulations.
    OMB Number: 0579-0190.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: Under the Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et 
seq.), the Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to restrict the 
importation, entry, and interstate movement of plants, plant products, 
and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the 
United States or their dissemination within the United States. This 
authority has been delegated to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. APHIS 
regulations contained in ``Subpart--Nursery Stock Plants, Roots, Bulbs, 
Seeds, and Other Plant Products (Sec. Sec.  319.37 through 319.37-14) 
restrict, among other things, the importation of living plants, plant 
parts, seeds, and plant cuttings for planting or propagation.
    In accordance with these regulations, individuals who are involved 
in growing, exporting, and importing nursery stock must provide 
information to APHIS about the commodities they wish to bring into the 
United States. This information serves as the supporting documentation 
needed to issue required forms and documents, and is vital to help 
ensure that plant pests are not introduced into the United States.
    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 0.5 hours per response.
    Respondents: Foreign national plant protection organizations; 
exporters and importers of nursery stock.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 30.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 5.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 150.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 75 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 16th day of November 2010.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-30211 Filed 12-1-10; 8:45 am]