Spotted Lanternfly Cooperative Control Program; Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact

Published date17 May 2024
Record Number2024-10648
Citation89 FR 43372
CourtAnimal And Plant Health Inspection Service
SectionNotices
Federal Register, Volume 89 Issue 97 (Friday, May 17, 2024)
[Federal Register Volume 89, Number 97 (Friday, May 17, 2024)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 43372-43373]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2024-10648]
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                DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
                [Docket No. APHIS-2023-0079]
                Spotted Lanternfly Cooperative Control Program; Programmatic
                Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
                AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
                ACTION: Notice.
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                SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health
                Inspection Service has prepared a programmatic environmental assessment
                and finding of no significant impact relative to the Spotted Lanternfly
                Cooperative Control Program in the conterminous United States. The
                environmental assessment documents our review and analysis of
                environmental impacts associated with the Spotted Lanternfly
                Cooperative Control Program. Based on its finding of no significant
                impact, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined
                that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Matthew Travis, Spotted Lanternfly
                National Policy Manager, PPQ, APHIS, Emergency and Domestic Programs,
                4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238; telephone: (580)
                240-5394; email: [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                Background
                 The spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, an invasive
                species native to Asia, is a destructive pest that in large numbers can
                cause significant damage to critical habitat and economically important
                plants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health
                Inspection Service (APHIS) proposed to control SLF to slow the spread
                of this
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                invasive insect in the conterminous United States wherever outbreaks
                are detected.
                 SLF infestation has led to crop loss, agriculture exportation
                problems, and increased management costs. APHIS has concerns with the
                potential for long-distance movement of SLF within the United States,
                and the continued risk of SLF introduction from other countries.
                Additionally, APHIS acknowledges that the environmental and
                socioeconomic damage to SLF-affected regions can be substantial.
                 On November 9, 2023, we published in the Federal Register (88 FR
                77259-77260, Docket No. APHIS-2023-0079) a notice \1\ in which we
                announced the availability, for public review and comment, of a
                programmatic environmental assessment (ProEA) that examined the
                potential environmental impacts associated with the SLF cooperative
                control program. In our analysis, APHIS found that an adaptive pest
                management approach that combines quarantine, chemical treatments, and
                pest survey is the preferred alternative to address the potential
                environmental impact of a SLF outbreak.
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                 \1\ To view the notice, the supporting documents, and the
                comments we received, go to www.regulations.gov, and enter APHIS-
                2023-0079 in the Search field.
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                 We solicited comments on the ProEA for 30 days ending December 11,
                2023. We received two comment submissions by that date. A commenter
                questioned why Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from the ProEA, citing a
                map for the possible host range of SLF that indicated it could become
                established in Alaska. The ProEA was limited to the conterminous United
                States based on information that possible introduction of SLF into
                Alaska was not imminent. However, should SLF become established in
                Alaska, a supplemental EA will be prepared. The same commenter also
                raised a concern with a perceived lack of information and analyses on
                the economic impact of an SLF outbreak in the draft ProEA. Finally,
                another commenter agreed with APHIS that SLF is a destructive pest. The
                comments that we received, and APHIS' responses to the comments, are
                presented in our finding of no significant impact (FONSI) (see
                supporting documents).
                 In this document, we are advising the public of our FONSI on the
                implementation of the adaptive management alternative for the SLF
                program. The finding, which is based on the results of the analysis in
                the final ProEA, reflects our determination that under this
                alternative, the methods used to exclude, detect, prevent, and control
                SLF infestations will not have a significant impact on the quality of
                the human environment.
                 The ProEA and FONSI may be viewed on the regulations.gov website or
                in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for a link to regulations.gov
                and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may
                also request paper copies of the ProEA and FONSI by calling or writing
                to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please
                refer to the title of the ProEA when requesting copies.
                 The ProEA and FONSI have been prepared in accordance with: (1) The
                National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C.
                4321 et seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality
                for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-
                1508), (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b), and (4)
                APHIS' NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372).
                 Done in Washington, DC, this 3rd day of May 2024.
                Michelle Wenberg,
                Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
                [FR Doc. 2024-10648 Filed 5-16-24; 8:45 am]
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