Swine Vesicular Disease Status of the Regions of Tuscany and Umbria, Italy

Published date23 August 2023
Record Number2023-18112
Citation88 FR 57407
CourtAnimal And Plant Health Inspection Service
SectionNotices
57407
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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: Swine Health Protection.
OMB Control Number: 0579–0065.
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 AHPA is contained in Title X,
Subtitle E, Sections 10401–18 of P.O.
107–171, May 13, 2002, the Farm
Security and Rural Investment Act of
2002. Veterinary Services, a program
with the Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS), is
responsible for administering
regulations intended to prevent the
dissemination of animal diseases within
the United States. Garbage is one of the
primary media through which
numerous infections or communicable
diseases of swine are transmitted.
Because of the serious threat to the U.S.
swine industry, Congress passed Public
Law 96–468 ‘‘Swine Health Protection
Act’’ on October 17, 1980. This law
requires USDA to ensure that all garbage
is treated prior to its being fed to swine
that are intended for interstate or foreign
commerce or that substantially affect
such commerce. The Act and the
regulations will allow only operators of
garbage treatment facilities, which meet
certain specification to utilize garbage
for swine feeding. APHIS will use
various forms to collect information.
Need and Use of the Information:
APHIS collects information from
persons desiring to obtain a permit
(license) to operate a facility to treat
garbage. Prior to issuance of a license,
an inspection will be made of the
facility by an authorized representative
to determine if it meets all requirements
of the regulations. Periodic inspections
will be made to determine if licenses are
meeting the standards for operation of
their approved facilities. Upon receipt
of the information from the Animal
Health Officials, the information is used
by Federal or State animal health
personnel to determine whether the
waste collector is feeding garbage to
swine, whether it is being treated, and
whether the feeder is licensed or needs
to be licensed.
Description of Respondents: Business
or other for profit; State, Local or Tribal
Government.
Number of Respondents: 15,500.
Frequency of Responses:
Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion.
Total Burden Hours: 1,742,601.
Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection
Clearance Officer.
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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 September 22,
2023 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
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.
Food and Nutrition Service
Title: USDA Professional Standards
Training Tracker Tool (PSTTT).
OMB Control Number: 0584–0626.
Summary of Collection: Section 306 of
the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of
2010 (HHFKA) requires Professional
Standards for state and local school
district nutrition professionals. In
addition to hiring standards, mandatory
annual training will be required for all
individuals involved in preparing
school meals. To meet the training
requirements and assist in keeping track
of training and training courses, FNS
has developed a web-based application
tool with a SQL-server database which
is available to local educational agencies
and school food authorities through the
FNS public website. While training
requirements are mandatory, using the
USDA PSTTT to track the training is
voluntary. State and local school district
nutrition professionals can use any
method to track and manage their
trainings. These resources facilitate
compliance with HHFKA requirements
and are provided at no cost to the state,
district, or school nutrition
professionals.
Need and Use of the Information:
State and school nutrition professionals
can use the PSTTT to keep track of their
training courses, learning objectives,
and training hours, in accordance with
HHFKA requirements. State reviewers
can run reports from the PSTTT that
they can use in preparation for
Administrative Reviews that are
conducted onsite at the school food
authorities.
Description of Respondents: State,
Local, or Tribal Government.
Number of Respondents: 10,006.
Frequency of Respondents: Reporting:
On occasion; Quarterly; Annually;
Weekly; Monthly.
Total Burden Hours: 17,090.
Ruth Brown,
Departmental Information Collection
Clearance Officer.
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service
[Docket No. APHIS–2023–0028]
Swine Vesicular Disease Status of the
Regions of Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
AGENCY
: Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service, USDA.
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Tuscany and Toscana are equivalent.
ACTION
: Notice of availability.
SUMMARY
: We are advising the public
that we are proposing to recognize the
regions of Tuscany and Umbria, Italy as
being free of swine vesicular disease.
This proposed recognition is based on a
risk evaluation we have prepared in
connection with this action, which we
are making available for review and
comment.
DATES
: We will consider all comments
that we receive on or before October 23,
2023.
ADDRESSES
: You may submit comments
by either of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to
www.regulations.gov. Enter APHIS–
2023–0028 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–2023–0028, 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 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
: Dr.
Chip Wells, Senior Veterinary Medical
Officer, Regionalization Evaluation
Services (RES), Strategy & Policy,
Veterinary Services, APHIS, 4700 River
Road, Unit 38, Riverdale, MD 20737–
1231; (301) 851–3317; email:
AskRegionalization@usda.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
: The
regulations in 9 CFR part 94 (referred to
below as the regulations) govern the
importation of certain animals and
animal products into the United States
in order to prevent the introduction of
various animal diseases, including
swine vesicular disease (SVD). This is a
dangerous and communicable disease of
swine.
Within part 94, § 94.12 contains
requirements governing the importation
of pork or pork products from regions
where SVD exists. Section 94.14
prohibits the importation of domestic
swine that are moved from or transit any
region in which SVD is known to exist.
In accordance with § 94.12(a)(1), the
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) maintains a web-based
list of regions which the Agency
considers free of SVD. Paragraph (a)(2)
of this section states that APHIS will
add a region to this list after it conducts
an evaluation of the region and finds
that SVD is not present.
The regulations in § 92.2 contain
requirements for requesting the
recognition of the animal health status
of a region (as well as for the approval
of the export of a particular type of
animal or animal product to the United
States from a foreign region). If, after
review and evaluation of the
information submitted in support of the
request, APHIS believes the request can
be safely granted, APHIS will make its
evaluation available for public comment
through a document published in the
Federal Register. Following the close of
the comment period, APHIS will review
all comments received and will make a
final determination regarding the
request that will be detailed in another
document published in the Federal
Register.
The Government of Italy has
requested that APHIS evaluate the SVD
disease status of the regions of Tuscany
and Umbria. In response to Italy’s
request, we have prepared an
evaluation, titled ‘‘APHIS Evaluation of
Toscana and Umbria, Italy for Swine
Vesicular Disease’’ (November 2022).
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Based on the evaluation, we have
determined that the regions of Tuscany
and Umbria, Italy are free of SVD.
APHIS has also determined that the
surveillance, prevention, and control
measures implemented by Italy are
sufficient to minimize the likelihood of
introducing SVD into the United States
via imports of species or products
susceptible to these diseases. Our
determination supports adding the
regions of Tuscany and Umbria, Italy to
the web-based list of regions that APHIS
considers free of SVD.
Therefore, in accordance with
§ 92.2(g), we are announcing the
availability of our evaluation of the SVD
status of the regions of Tuscany and
Umbria, Italy for public review and
comment. We are also announcing the
availability of an environmental
assessment (EA), which has 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 provision
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). The evaluation and EA may be
viewed on the Regulations.gov website
or in our reading room. (Instructions for
accessing Regulations.gov and
information on the location and hours of
the reading room are provided under the
heading ADDRESSES at the beginning
of this notice.) The documents are also
available by contacting the person listed
under
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT
.
Information submitted in support of
Italy’s request is available by contacting
the person listed under
FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION CONTACT
.
After reviewing any comments we
receive, we will announce our decision
regarding the disease status of the
regions of Tuscany and Umbria, Italy
with respect to SVD in a subsequent
notice.
Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1633, 7701–7772,
7781–7786, 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 17th day of
August 2023.
Michael Watson,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service.
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service
[Docket No. APHIS–2023–0044]
Addition of the Republic of Ecuador
and the Republic of Peru to the List of
Regions Affected With Highly
Pathogenic Avian Influenza
AGENCY
: Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION
: Notice.
SUMMARY
: We are advising the public
that we added the Republic of Ecuador
and the Republic of Peru to the list of
regions that the Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service considers to
be affected by highly pathogenic avian
influenza (HPAI). These actions follow
our imposition of HPAI-related
restrictions on avian commodities
originating from or transiting the
Republic of Ecuador and the Republic of
Peru, as a result of the confirmation of
HPAI in these countries.
DATES
: The Republic of Ecuador and the
Republic of Peru were added to the list
of regions APHIS considers to be
affected with HPAI, effective
respectively on December 3, 2022, and
December 12, 2022.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
: Dr.
La’Toya Lane, APHIS Veterinary
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