Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and Animal Products

 
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Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 122 (Wednesday, June 24, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 122 (Wednesday, June 24, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 37823-37824]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-13533]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
[Docket No. APHIS-2020-0052]
Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an
Information Collection; Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation
of Animals and Animal Products
ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information
collection; comment request.
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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 activities to prevent the
introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the United
States.
DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before
August 24, 2020.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
 Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0052.
 Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to
Docket No. APHIS-2020-0052, 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 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-
0052 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 to
prevent the introduction of bovine spongiform encephalopathy into the
United States, contact Dr. Alexandra MacKenzie, Senior Veterinary
Medical Officer, USDA, APHIS Veterinary Services, 4700 River Road Unit
40, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3411; [email protected].
For information on the information collection process, contact Mr.
Joseph Moxey, APHIS Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-
2483; [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
 Title: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; Importation of Animals and
Animal Products.
 OMB Control Number: 0579-0393.
 Type of Request: Revision to and 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 or through the United States to prevent the
introduction and dissemination of animal diseases and pests.
 To guard against the introduction of animal diseases, the Animal
and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation
of animals and animal products into the United States. The regulations
in 9 CFR parts 92, 93, 94, 95, and 96 govern the importation of certain
animals, birds, poultry, meat, and other animal products and byproducts
into the United States to prevent the introduction of various animal
diseases, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a chronic
degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system of cattle.
 Section 92.5 of the regulations provides that all countries of the
world are considered by APHIS to be in one of three BSE risk
categories: Negligible risk, controlled risk, or undetermined risk.
These risk categories are defined in Sec. 92.1. Any region that is not
classified by APHIS as presenting either negligible risk or controlled
risk for BSE is considered to present an undetermined risk. Under the
regulations, APHIS may classify a region for BSE in one of two ways.
One way is for countries that have not received a risk classification
from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to request
classification by APHIS. The other way is for APHIS to concur with the
classification given to a country by the OIE.
 To ensure BSE is not introduced into the United States, the
regulations place specific conditions on the importation of animals and
animal products. These requirements necessitate the use of several
information collection activities, including, but not limited to,
certifications, official identification, request for and retention of
classification as negligible or controlled risk, declarations of
importation, import and export certificates, applications, import and
movement permits, agreements, certification statements, seals,
notifications, and recordkeeping.
 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 0.55 hours per response.
 Respondents: Shippers, U.S. importers of regulated animal products,
herd owners, salaried veterinarians of foreign regions, foreign
exporters of processed animal protein and other regulated materials and
products, accredited veterinarians, slaughter facility managers, and
educators and researchers.
 Estimated annual number of respondents: 2,225.
 Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 239.
 Estimated annual number of responses: 532,451.
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 Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 292,884 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.
 Done in Washington, DC, this 18th day of June 2020.
Mark Davidson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-13533 Filed 6-23-20; 8:45 am]
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