2018-11532. Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Pale Cyst Nematode  

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    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 interstate movement of regulated articles to prevent the spread of the pale cyst nematode to noninfested areas of the United States.

    DATES:

    We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 30, 2018.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/​#!docketDetail;​D=​APHIS-2018-0036 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.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For information on the interstate movement of regulated articles to prevent the spread of pale cyst nematode, contact Mr. Jonathon Jones, National Policy Manager, Plan Health Programs, Plant Protection and Quarantine, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 160, Riverdale, MD 20737 or at 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.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Pale Cyst Nematode.

    OMB Control Number: 0579-0322.

    Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection.

    Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (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 plants pests into the United States or their dissemination within the United States.

    In accordance with the regulations in “Subpart-Pale Cyst Nematode” (7 CFR 301.86 through 301.86-9), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of U.S. Department of Agriculture restricts the interstate movement of certain articles to help prevent the spread of pale cyst nematode, a major pest of potato crops in cool-temperature areas, via potatoes, soil, and other host material to noninfested areas of the United States. The regulations involve information collection activities such as certificates, permits, appeals, compliance agreements, self-certifications, packing facility process approvals, and labeling.

    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 0.12 hours per response.

    Respondents: U.S. potato producers, packers, processors, and handlers.

    Estimated Annual number of Respondents: 119.

    Estimated Annual number of Responses per Respondent: 31.

    Estimated Annual number of Responses: 3,725.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 445 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 response.)

    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.

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    Done in Washington, DC, this 23rd day of May 2018.

    Michael C. Gregoire,

    Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-11532 Filed 5-29-18; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
05/30/2018
Department:
Agriculture Department
Agency:
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.
Document Number:
2018-11532
Dates:
We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July 30, 2018.
Pages:
24718-24718 (1 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. APHIS-2018-0036
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2018-11532.pdf