Addition of Malaysia to the List of Regions Considered Affected With African Horse Sickness

CourtAnimal And Plant Health Inspection Service
Citation86 FR 66516
Record Number2021-25588
Publication Date23 November 2021
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is necessary for the proper performance
of the functions of the agency, including
whether the information will have
practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the
agency’s estimate of the burden of the
proposed collection of information
including the validity of the
methodology and assumptions used; (3)
ways to enhance the quality, utility, and
clarity of the information to be
collected; and (4) ways to minimize the
burden of the collection of information
on those who are to respond, including
the use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other
technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology.
Comments may be sent to the person
listed under
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT
by or before the deadline. All
comments received will be available for
public inspection during regular
business hours at the same address.
All responses to this notice will be
summarized and included in the request
for OMB approval. All comments will
become a matter of public record.
Melissa Bailey,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural
Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2021–25470 Filed 11–22–21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE P
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Submission for OMB Review;
Comment Request
The Department of Agriculture has
submitted the following information
collection requirement(s) to OMB for
review and clearance under the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,
Public Law 104–13. Comments are
requested regarding; 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; the accuracy of the
agency’s estimate of burden including
the validity of the methodology and
assumptions used; ways to enhance the
quality, utility and clarity of the
information to be collected; and ways to
minimize the burden of the collection of
information on those who are to
respond, including through the use of
appropriate automated, electronic,
mechanical, or other technological
collection techniques or other forms of
information technology.
Comments regarding this information
collection received by December 23,
2021 will be considered. Written
comments and recommendations for the
proposed information collection should
be submitted within 30 days of the
publication of this notice on the
following website www.reginfo.gov/
public/do/PRAMain. Find this
particular information collection by
selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day
Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or
by using the search function.
An agency may not conduct or
sponsor a collection of information
unless the collection of information
displays a currently valid OMB control
number, and the agency informs
potential persons who are to respond to
the collection of information that such
persons are not required to respond to
the collection of information unless it
displays a currently valid OMB control
number.
Animal Plant and Health Inspection
Service
Title: African Swine Fever;
Importation of Live Dogs for Resale from
Regions Where ASF. Exists or Is
Reasonably Believed to Exist
OMB Control Number: 0579–0478.
Summary of Collection: The Animal
Health Protection Act (AHPA) of 2002 is
the primary Federal law governing the
protection of animal health. The law
gives the Secretary of Agriculture broad
authority to detect, control, or eradicate
pests or diseases of livestock or poultry.
The Secretary may also prohibit or
restrict import or export of any animal
or related material if required to prevent
the spread of any livestock or poultry
pest or disease. The AHPA is contained
in title X, subtitle E, sections 10401–18
of Public Law 107–171, May 13, 2002,
the Farm Security and Rural Investment
Act of 2002; 7 U.S.C. 8301, et. seq. The
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services
(VS) business unit is responsible for
preventing foreign animal disease
outbreaks in the United States, and
monitoring, controlling, and eliminating
a disease outbreak should one occur.
APHIS has determined that dogs
imported from African swine fever
(ASF)-affected countries for resale
purposes, along with their bedding,
represent a possible pathway for the
introduction of disease. To block this
pathway, APHIS has issued a Federal
Order imposing several restrictions on
the importation of dogs for resale from
regions where ASF exists or is
reasonably believed to exist. Importers
will need to verify that they have met
these restrictions by completing and
submitting a Dog Import Record form,
ASF VSDIR 1.
Need and Use of the Information:
This form helps APHIS determine
where dogs are coming from (to assess
the risk of whether they could have
been exposed to ASF), where they are
going, and, most importantly, measures
taken to ensure neither the dogs nor
anything that came with them can
spread ASF. Both parts of the VS Dog
Import Record must be completed and
submitted for each shipment of
imported dog or dogs intended for
resale.
The form also contains space for a
detailed list of bathing confirmation for
the individual dog or dogs imported,
including the dogs’ microchip numbers;
name; age; gender; breed, color and
markings; and the date of bathing. Each
person bathing the dog or dogs must
sign the form, as well as the importer.
Description of Respondents:
Businesses or other for-profit.
Number of Respondents: 200.
Frequency of Responses: Reporting:
On occasion.
Total Burden Hours: 900.
Dated: November 18, 2021.
Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection
Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021–25529 Filed 11–22–21; 8:45 am]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service
[Docket No. APHIS–2021–0005]
Addition of Malaysia to the List of
Regions Considered Affected With
African Horse Sickness
AGENCY
: Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: We are advising the public
that we have added Malaysia to the list
of regions that the Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service considers to
be affected with African horse sickness
(AHS). We have taken this action
because of confirmation of AHS in
Malaysia.
DATES
: Malaysia was added to the
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service list of regions considered
affected with African horse sickness on
September 3, 2020.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: Dr.
Kari Coulson, Regionalization
Evaluation Services, Veterinary
Services, APHIS, 920 Main Campus
Drive, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27606;
(919) 480–9876; email:
AskRegionalization@usda.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
regulations in 9 CFR part 93 govern the
importation of live animals into the
United States. Within part 93, § 93.308
(referred to below as the regulations)
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governs, among other things, the
importation of horses, mules, zebras,
and other equids from regions where
African horse sickness (AHS) exists in
order to prevent the introduction of
AHS into the United States. AHS is a
fatal viral equine disease that is not
known to exist in the United States. A
list of regions where AHS exists or is
reasonably believed to exist is
maintained on the Animal and Plant
Health Inspection (APHIS) website at
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/
ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-and-
animal-product-import-information/
animal-health-status-of-regions/. This
list is referenced in § 93.308 of the
regulations.
Section 93.308(a)(2)(ii) of the
regulations states that APHIS will add a
region to the list referenced in
§ 93.308(a)(2) upon determining AHS
exists in the region, based on reports
APHIS receives of outbreaks of the
disease from veterinary officials of the
exporting country, from the World
Organization for Animal Health (OIE),
or from other sources the Administrator
determines to be reliable.
On September 2, 2020, the veterinary
authorities of Malaysia reported to the
OIE confirmation of an AHS outbreak.
In response to that report, on September
3, 2020, APHIS added Malaysia to the
list of regions where AHS exists. This
notice serves as an official record and
public notification of that action.
Pursuant to the Congressional Review
Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs
designated this action as not a major
rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).
Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622 and 8301–
8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C.
9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.4.
Done in Washington, DC, this 18th day of
November 2021.
Jack Shere,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2021–25588 Filed 11–22–21; 8:45 am]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service
[Docket No. APHIS–2021–0070]
Notice of Request for Extension of
Approval of an Information Collection;
Standards for Privately Owned
Quarantine Facilities for Ruminants
AGENCY
: Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION
: 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 an extension of approval of an
information collection associated with
regulations for privately owned
quarantine facilities for ruminants.
DATES
: We will consider all comments
that we receive on or before January 24,
2022.
ADDRESSES
: You may submit comments
by either of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to
http://www.regulations.gov. Enter
APHIS–2021–0070 in the Search field.
Select the Documents tab, then select
the Comment button in the list of
documents.
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:
Send your comment to Docket No.
APHIS–2021–0070, Regulatory Analysis
and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station
3A–03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118,
Riverdale, MD 20737–1238.
Supporting documents and any
comments we receive on this docket
may be viewed at www.regulations.gov
or in our reading room, which is located
in Room 1620 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
privately owned quarantine facilities for
ruminants, contact Dr. Alexandra
MacKenzie, Senior Veterinary Medical
Officer, Live Animal Imports
(Ruminants, Swine, Semen, and
Embryos), Strategy and Policy, VS,
APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 39,
Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851–3300.
For more information on the
information collection process, contact
Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Paperwork
Reduction Act Coordinator, at (301)
851–2483.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Title: Standards for Privately Owned
Quarantine Facilities for Ruminants.
OMB Control Number: 0579–0232.
Type of Request: Extension of
approval of an information collection.
Abstract: The Animal Health
Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.)
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture
to, among other things, prohibit or
restrict the importation and interstate
movement of animals and animal
products into the United States to
prevent the introduction of animal
diseases and pests.
The regulations in 9 CFR part 93
govern the importation into the United
States of specified animals and animal
products to help prevent the
introduction of various animal diseases
into the United States. The regulations
in part 93 require, among other things,
that certain animals, as a condition of
entry, be quarantined upon arrival in
the United States. The Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service operates
animal quarantine facilities and also
authorizes the use of quarantine
facilities that are privately owned and
operated for certain animal
importations.
The regulations in subpart D of part
93 (9 CFR 93.400 through 93.442)
pertain to the importation of ruminants.
Ruminants include all animals that
chew the cud, such as cattle, buffalo,
sheep, goats, deer, antelopes, camels,
llamas, and giraffes. Ruminants
imported into the United States must be
quarantined on arrival for at least 30
days, with certain exceptions. Domestic
ruminants from Canada and Mexico are
not subject to this quarantine.
The regulations for privately owned
quarantine facilities for ruminants
require the use of certain information
collection activities, including an
application for facility approval, a
cooperative service (compliance)
agreement explaining the conditions
under which the facility must be
operated, creation and maintenance of a
daily log of persons entering and leaving
the facility while quarantine is in
process, request for variance, a manual
of standard operating procedures, and
maintenance of certain records covering
quarantine operations.
We are asking the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) to
approve our use of these information
collection activities 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
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