[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 92 (Monday, May 13, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 27853-27855]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-11312]

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 301

[Docket No. APHIS-2013-0004]

Asian Longhorned Beetle; Quarantined Areas in Ohio

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.


SUMMARY: We are amending the Asian longhorned beetle regulations by 
adding a portion of Clermont County, OH, to the list of quarantined 
areas and restricting the interstate movement of regulated articles 
from that area. This action is necessary to prevent the artificial 
spread of the Asian longhorned beetle to noninfested areas of the 
United States.

DATES: This interim rule is effective May 13, 2013. We will consider 
all comments that we receive on or before July 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0004-0001.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2013-0004, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, 
APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-
    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may 
be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-
0004 or in our reading room, which 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) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Claudia Ferguson, Regulatory 
Policy Specialist, Regulatory Coordination and Compliance, PPQ, APHIS, 
4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 851-2352.



    The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB, Anoplophora glabripennis), an 
insect native to China, Japan, Korea, and the Isle of Hainan, is a 
destructive pest of hardwood trees. The ALB regulations in 7 CFR 
301.51-1 through 301.51-9 (referred to below as the regulations) 
restrict the interstate movement of regulated articles from quarantined 
areas to prevent the artificial spread of ALB to noninfested areas of 
the United States.
    Surveys conducted in Ohio have revealed that infestations of ALB 
have occurred in the Townships of Batavia and Stonelick in Clermont 
County, OH. The State of Ohio has quarantined the infested areas to 
prevent the further spread of ALB within the State. On August 30, 2012, 
APHIS issued a Federal Order establishing a quarantine area in the 
Townships of Batavia and Stonelick in Clermont County, OH, to prevent 
the spread of ALB.
    The regulations in Sec.  301.51-3(a) provide that APHIS will list 
as a quarantined area each State, or each portion of a State in which 
ALB has been found by an inspector, where the Administrator has reason 
to believe that ALB is present, or where the Administrator considers 
regulation necessary because of its inseparability for quarantine 
enforcement purposes from localities where ALB has been found.
    Less than an entire State will be quarantined only if (1) the 
Administrator determines that the State has adopted and is enforcing 
restrictions on the intrastate movement of regulated articles that are 
equivalent to those imposed by the regulations on the interstate 
movement of regulated articles and (2) the designation of less than an 
entire State as a quarantined area will be adequate to prevent the 
artificial spread of ALB.
    In accordance with these criteria and the recent ALB findings 
described above, we are amending the list of quarantined areas in Sec.  
301.51-3(c) to include land parcels in Batavia and Stonelick Townships 
in Clermont County, OH. The quarantined areas are described in detail 
in the regulatory text of this document.

Emergency Action

    This rulemaking is necessary on an emergency basis to prevent the 
artificial spread of ALB to noninfested areas of the United States. 
Under these circumstances, the Administrator has determined that prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment are contrary to the public 
interest and that there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553 for making 
this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal 
    We will consider comments we receive during the comment period for 
this interim rule (see DATES above). After the comment period closes, 
we will publish another document in the Federal Register. The document 
will include a discussion of any comments we receive and any amendments 
we are making to the rule.

Executive Order 12866 and Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This interim rule is subject to Executive Order 12866. However, for 
this action, the Office of Management and Budget has waived its review 
under Executive Order 12866.
    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 603, we have performed an initial 
regulatory flexibility analysis, which is summarized below, regarding 
the economic effects of this rule on small entities. The full analysis 
may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site (see ADDRESSES above for 
instructions for accessing Regulations.gov) or obtained from the person 
    ALB is an invasive forest pest that was introduced into the United 
States in 1996. ALB attacks hardwood trees and can cause extensive 
economic and environmental damage. There are currently ALB infestations 
being eradicated in Ohio. This interim rule expands the quarantine in 
Clermont County.
    In Ohio, entities likely to be affected by this rule include 
landscape companies, tree service companies, and

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waste haulers. Other types of businesses that may be impacted could 
include firewood dealers, trucking companies, construction companies, 
excavators, or property management companies. Additional costs of 
operating such businesses under ALB quarantine are small, and 
principally derive from self-inspection and certification of regulated 
material under compliance agreements. Most if not all of the businesses 
that will be affected by this rule in Ohio are small entities. We 
welcome public comment on the extent to which small entities in the 
areas regulated or deregulated may be specifically affected.

Executive Order 12372

    This program/activity is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance under No. 10.025 and is subject to Executive Order 12372, 
which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local 
officials. (See 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V.)

Executive Order 12988

    This rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil 
Justice Reform. This rule: (1) Preempts all State and local laws and 
regulations that are inconsistent with this rule; (2) has no 
retroactive effect; and (3) does not require administrative proceedings 
before parties may file suit in court challenging this rule.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rule contains no new information collection or recordkeeping 
requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 
et seq.).

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 301

    Agricultural commodities, Plant diseases and pests, Quarantine, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation.

    Accordingly, we are amending 7 CFR part 301 as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 301 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701-7772 and 7781-7786; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, 
and 371.3.
    Section 301.75-15 issued under Sec. 204, Title II, Public Law 
106-113, 113 Stat. 1501A-293; sections 301.75-15 and 301.75-16 
issued under Sec. 203, Title II, Public Law 106-224, 114 Stat. 400 
(7 U.S.C. 1421 note).

2. In Sec.  301.51-3, paragraph (c), under the heading ``Ohio,'' the 
entry for Clermont County is revised to read as follows:

Sec.  301.51-3  Quarantined areas.

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    Clermont County. (1) The portion of Clermont County, including all 
of the municipalities of Tate and East Fork State Park, and the 
portions of the Township of Monroe that include the following land 
parcels: 232609C094, 232609C113, 232609C215, 232609C085, 232609C128, 
232609B224, 232609B188, 232609E223, 232609B215, 32609B193, 232609E075, 
232609B161, 232609E156, 232609E245, 232609E037, 232609E074, 232609E230, 
232609E031, 232609E220, 232609E232, 232609E240, 232609E239, 232609E241, 
232609E175, 232609E228, 232609E250, 232609E235, 232609E238, 232609E227, 
232609E242, 32609E226, 232609E249, 232609E236, 232609E234, 232609C217, 
232609C040, 234715.008, 232609C227, 232609C222, 232609C092, 232609C093, 
232609C129, 232609C098, 232609C195, 232609C100, 232609C169, 232609C136, 
232609C097, 232609C139, 232609C148, 232609C042, 232609C150, 232609C182, 
234715.009, 234715.005, 234715.006, 234715.001, 232609E246, 232609E247, 
234715.004, 234715.003, 232609E222, 232609C228, 234425.001, 232609E233, 
232609C170, 232609C216, 232609C196, 232609C105, 232609E237, 232609C225, 
232609C091, 232609C197, 232609C218, 232609C198, 232609C041, 232609C212, 
232609C194, 232609C214, 232609E224, 232609E231, 232609E248, 234715.007, 
234715.002, 232609C120, 232609C226, 232609C229, 232609C043; and
    (2) The portions of the Townships of Batavia and Stonelick that 
include the following land parcels: 302909I048, 304436.008, 302909H084, 
302909K030, 022003B040, 012003H093, 025503D053, 022003B024, 302909G132, 
304436A017, 304436.004, 302909F109, 012003E028, 012003C087, 012003H097, 
022003C080, 302909G120, 302909K046, 302909H083, 302909F116, 012003E031, 
012003C085, 022003B039, 302909G128, 302909F120, 302909H095, 302909F104, 
012003E029, 012003C086, 022003F033, 302912E118, 302909G119, 302909G115, 
302909H082, 302909F115, 012003E027, 302909G010, 022003F015, 302909B081, 
302909G114, 302909H094, 302909I097, 012003E022, 022004H018, 022004H061, 
302909E112, 302909B065, 302909G130, 302909H096, 302909F107, 025503B015, 
012003H078, 022004H019, 302909E113, 302909G129, 304436A018, 302909F118, 
302909I098, 012003E043, 302909G117, 304436A012, 302909E120, 302909B069, 
304436.007, 304436.003, 302909K109, 012003E032, 302909G131, 302909F110, 
302909E116, 302909J087, 302909H089, 302909F123, 302912E029, 012003E037, 
302909F101, 022003A077, 302909E073, 302909J089, 302909H086, 304436.002, 
302909F021, 015503I058, 302909F063, 022003A022, 302909E110, 304436A013, 
304436A019, 304436.001, 302909F102, 012003E041, 302909G133, 302909F130, 
302909E102, 302909E097, 302909H029, 302909F117, 012005H008, 012003E039, 
302909D109, 302909F129, 302909K084, 302909J091, 302909H087, 302909F124, 
302909I099, 012003E026, 302909E043, 302909I095, 302909K055, 302909K051, 
304436.006, 302909B093, 302909K028P, 012003E040, 302909D049, 
022003A023, 302909K107, 302909J086, 304436A020, 302909F128, 302909K110, 
025503B013, 302909E090, 302909E114, 302909K054, 304436A014, 302909H090, 
302909K047, 302909I025, 012003E034, 302909K044, 304436.010, 302909H093, 
302909B040, 012005I010, 025503B012, 302912E135, 302909F132, 302909K032, 
304436A015, 302909H085, 302909F112, 022003A078, 012003H102, 022003E020, 
302909F131, 302909K059, 302909B015, 302909F119, 302909F125, 302909I096, 
012003E023, 022003B038, 302909F022, 302909K108, 302909J041, 302909H088, 
302909F113, 302909I024, 012003E033, 012003E035, 302909B083, 302909K031, 
304436.009, 304436.005, 302909F114, 012003H101, 012003H100, 012003E011, 
302909B070, 302909K099, 302909B103, 302909F122, 302909F127, 022003F034, 
012003E024, 025503I058, 302909B076, 302909K028, 304436A016, 302909B064, 
302909F111, 022003F018, 012003H104, 022003G023, 304436.011, 302909K042, 
302909A039, 302909H091, 302909H097, 302909I023, 012003E036, 022003G022, 
302909B038, 302909K052, 302909F121, 302909K071, 022003A076, 012003C027, 
025503B016, 022003B043, 302909K094, 302909G116, 302909H081, 302909F126, 
012005I005, 012003H094, 025503B017, 022003B044, 302909K092, 302909K106, 
302909E106, 302909K053, 022003G014, 012003I072, 060224.026, 302909G110, 
302909D107, 302909K061, 302909E115, 302909K058, 022003F019, 022003C062, 
060224.009, 302909G109, 302909H018, 302909E016, 302909K057, 012003E038, 
012003E030, 012003D009, 302909G121, 302909G127, 302909H017, 302909E014, 
302912B150, 012003C061, 012003E047, 012003C078, 302909G108, 302909E013, 
302909H080, 302909K027, 302909K066, 012003C028, 012003E046, 302909H099, 
022003B042, 302909H020, 022005G014, 302909K068, 012003C088, 022003B025, 
302909G011, 302909H098, 302909H092, 012003E042, 012003E021, 012003E045, 
012005I007, 302909J067, 302909K105, 302909G122, 302909G123, 302909G124, 
302909G125, 302909G126.

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    Done in Washington, DC, this May 8, 2013.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-11312 Filed 5-10-13; 8:45 am]