Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Standardizing Phytosanitary Treatment Regulations: Approval of Cold Treatment and Irradiation Facilities; Cold Treatment Schedules; and Establishment of Fumigation and Cold Treatment Compliance Agreements

Cited as:85 FR 74665
Court:Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service
Publication Date:23 Nov 2020
Record Number:2020-25714
74665
Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 226 / Monday, November 23, 2020 / Notices
Frequency of Responses: Reporting;
On occasion; Quarterly.
Total Burden Hours: 151.
Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection
Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2020–25781 Filed 11–20–20; 8:45 am]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service
[Docket No. APHIS–2020–0102]
Notice of Request for Revision to and
Extension of Approval of an
Information Collection; Standardizing
Phytosanitary Treatment Regulations:
Approval of Cold Treatment and
Irradiation Facilities; Cold Treatment
Schedules; and Establishment of
Fumigation and Cold Treatment
Compliance Agreements
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 the phytosanitary treatment
regulations to establish generic criteria
that would allow for the approval of
new cold treatment facilities in the
Southern and Western States of the
United States.
DATES
: We will consider all comments
that we receive on or before January 22,
2021.
ADDRESSES
: You may submit comments
by either of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to
http://www.regulations.gov/
#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2020-0102.
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:
Send your comment to Docket No.
APHIS–2020–0102, 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-2020-0102 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 environmental
monitoring, contact Mr. Todd Dutton,
Assistant Director, PHP, PPQ, APHIS,
4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737;
(301) 851–2348. For copies of more
detailed information on the information
collection, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey,
APHIS’ Information Collection
Coordinator, at (301) 851–2483.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Title: Standardizing Phytosanitary
Treatment Regulations: Approval of
Cold Treatment and Irradiation
Facilities; Cold Treatment Schedules;
and Establishment of Fumigation and
Cold Treatment Compliance
Agreements.
OMB Control Number: 0579–0450.
Type of Request: Revision to and
extension of approval of an information
collection.
Abstract: The United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA) is
responsible for preventing plant
diseases or insect pests from entering
the United States, preventing the spread
of pests and noxious weeds not widely
distributed into the United States, and
eradicating those imported pests when
eradication is feasible. The Plant
Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et
seq.) authorizes the Department to carry
out this mission. Under the PPA, the
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) is authorized, among
other things, to regulate the importation
of plants, plant products, and other
articles to prevent the introduction of
plant pests into the United States.
The phytosanitary treatment
regulations contained in 7 CFR part 305
(referred to below as the regulations) set
out the general requirements for
performing treatments and certifying or
approving treatment facilities for fruits,
vegetables, and other articles to prevent
the introduction or dissemination of
plant pests or noxious weeds into or
throughout the United States.
The phytosanitary treatment
regulations establish generic criteria that
would allow for the approval of new
cold treatment and irradiation facilities;
cold treatment schedules; and
establishment of fumigation and cold
treatment compliance agreements.
These criteria also require additional
information collection activities. For
instance, APHIS requires the
establishment of compliance agreements
for those entities that operate fumigation
facilities. Also, APHIS requires
harmonized language concerning State
compliance with facility establishment
and parameters for the movement of
consignments from the port of entry or
points of origin in the United States to
the treatment facility in the irradiation
treatment regulations language in the
cold treatment regulations.
We are asking the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) to
approve the 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 0.51 hours per
response.
Respondents: National plant
protection organizations, facility
operators, importers, and State
governments.
Estimated annual number of
respondents: 118.
Estimated annual number of
responses per respondent: 3.
Estimated annual number of
responses: 398.
Estimated total annual burden on
respondents: 203 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 17th day of
November 2020.
Michael Watson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service.
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