[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 76 (Friday, April 21, 2017)]
[Page 18732]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-08028]

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2017-0024]

Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Importation of Potatoes From Mexico

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information 
collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection associated with the regulations for the 
importation of potatoes from Mexico.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 
20, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0024.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2017-0024, 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-2017-
0024 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: For information on the importation of 
potatoes from Mexico, contact Dr. Robert Baca, Assistant Director, 
Permitting and Compliance Coordination, Compliance and Environmental 
Coordination Branch, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 150, Riverdale, 
MD 20737; (301) 851-2292. For copies of more detailed information on 
the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' 
Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483

    Title: Importation of Potatoes From Mexico.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0413.
    Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an 
information collection.
    Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) 
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, 
entry, or 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. Regulations 
authorized by the PPA concerning the importation of fruits and 
vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world are 
contained in ``Subpart--Fruits and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 319.56-1 through 
    Section 319.56-66 of the regulations provides the requirements for 
the importation of potatoes from Mexico into the United States. As a 
condition of entry, the potatoes have to be produced in accordance with 
a systems approach as described in the regulations. The regulations 
require the use of information collection activities, such as a 
bilateral workplan, grower registration, packinghouse registration, 
inspections with agricultural seals, surveys, and phytosanitary 
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities, as described, for 
an additional 3 years.
    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 1.15 hours per response.
    Respondents: Producers of potatoes in Mexico, importers, and the 
national plant protection organization of Mexico.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 19.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 11.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 205.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 236 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 17th day of April 2017.
Michael C. Gregoire,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-08028 Filed 4-20-17; 8:45 am]