[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 197 (Friday, October 13, 2017)]
[Pages 47689-47690]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22224]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2017-0079]

Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an 
Information Collection; Importation of Pine Shoot Beetle Host Material 
From Canada

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 pine nursery stock and various pine products from Canada 
to prevent the spread of pine shoot beetle into noninfested areas of 
the United States.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
December 12, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2017-0079.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2017-0079, 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-
0079 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 regulations for 
the importation of pine shoot beetle host material from Canada, contact 
Mr. Tyrone Jones, Trade Director, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 
137, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-2128. 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 Pine Shoot Beetle Host Material From Canada.
    OMB Control Number: 0579-0257.
    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

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other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the 
United States or their dissemination within the United States.
    As authorized by the PPA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of plants for planting into 
the United States from certain parts of the world as provided in 
``Subpart--Plants for Planting'' (7 CFR 319.37 through 319.37-14). This 
subpart restricts, among other things, the importation of living 
plants, plant parts, and seeds for propagation. In addition, APHIS 
regulates the importation of lumber and other wood articles as provided 
in ``Subpart--Logs, Lumber, and Other Wood Articles'' (7 CFR 319.40-1 
through 319.40-11). This subpart lists requirements for the importation 
of various logs, lumber, and other unmanufactured wood products into 
the United States. Both subparts contain regulations that help prevent 
the introduction and spread of pine shoot beetle (Tomicus piniperda), a 
pest of pine trees, into noninfested areas of the United States and 
contain several information collection requirements including 
phytosanitary certificates with an additional declaration, statements 
of origin and movement, compliance agreements, and processes of appeal.
    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 burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.04 hours per response.
    Respondents: Christmas tree industry, nursery industry, and foreign 
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 20.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 120.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 2,402.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 94 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 6th day of October 2017 .
Michael C. Gregoire,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-22224 Filed 10-12-17; 8:45 am]