[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 148 (Tuesday, August 3, 2010)]
[Pages 45601-45602]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-18989]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0064]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Emerald Ash Borer; Host Material from Canada

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 certain articles 
from Canada to prevent the introduction and spread of emerald ash borer 
in the United States.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
October 4, 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-2010-0064) 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-2010-0064, 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-2010-0064.
    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 certain articles from Canada to prevent the introduction 

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spread of emerald ash borer in the United States, contact Mr. David 
Lamb, Import Specialist, Regulations, Permits, and Manuals, 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: Emerald Ash Borer; Host Material from Canada.
    OMB Number: 0579-0319.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: As authorized by the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 
et seq.) (PPA), the Secretary of Agriculture may prohibit or restrict 
the importation, entry, exportation, or movement in interstate commerce 
of any plant, plant product, biological control organism, noxious weed, 
means of conveyance, or other article if the Secretary determines that 
the prohibition or restriction is necessary to prevent a plant pest or 
noxious weed from being introduced into or disseminated within the 
United States. This authority has been delegated to the Animal and 
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which administers regulations 
to implement the PPA.
    APHIS regulations in 7 CFR part 319 prohibit or restrict the 
importation of certain plants and plant products into the United States 
to prevent the introduction of plant pests. Subpart--Nursery Stock, 
Plants, Roots, Bulbs, Seeds, and Other Plant Products (7 CFR 319.37 
through 319.37-14) restricts, among other things, the importation of 
living plants, plant parts, and seeds for propagation; and Subpart-
Logs, Lumber, and Other Unmanufactured Wood Articles (7 CFR 310.40-1 
through 319.40-11) governs the importation of various logs, lumber, and 
other unmanufactured wood products into the United States. Both 
subparts contain regulations that restrict or prohibit the importation 
of emerald ash borer host material from Canada to prevent the 
introduction and spread of EAB, a destructive wood-boring insect that 
attacks ash trees, in the United States. These regulations involve 
information collection activities, including phytosanitary 
certificates, permit applications, and certificates of inspection.
    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 
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 0.6666 hours per response.
    Respondents: Importers of certain articles from Canada; and the 
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 6.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 1.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 6.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 4 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 28\th\ day of July 2010.

Kevin Shea
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-18989 Filed 8-2-10; 8:45 am]