APHIS Proposes to Allow Orchids in Growing Media from Korea to Be Imported into the Continental United States

APHIS Proposes to Allow Orchids in Growing Media from Korea to Be Imported into the Continental United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspecting Service (APHIS) is proposing to allow orchid plants of the genera Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium from the Republic of Korea to be imported into the continental United States in an approved growing medium.  The plants would be subject to specified growing, inspection, and certification requirements to assure against the introduction and spread of plant pests or noxious weeds within the United States. APHIS prepared an environmental assessment evaluating the action following the request from the National Plant Protection Organization of Korea.  During this comment period APHIS is taking comments on that assessment.

APHIS will take comments on the proposal to allow orchids from Korea to be imported in an approved growing medium for 60 days after posting in the Federal Register on August 12, 2016. APHIS will consider all comments that we receive on or before October 11, 2016.

ADDRESSES:  You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0091
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2015-0091, 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-2015-0091 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC.

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