Jim Rogers (202) 690-4755
USDA SEEKS COMMENTS ON THREE PETITIONS REGARDING DELAYED IMPLEMENTATION OF CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE REGULATIONS
WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2006--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is soliciting comments on three petitions requesting that APHIS reconsider provisions and delay a recent final rule establishing a herd certification program and interstate movement restrictions for cervids to control the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).
While the public is invited to comment on any of the issues raised by the petitions, APHIS is particularly interested in receiving comments related to the following areas:
The notice requesting comments on the petition is scheduled for publication in the Nov. 3 Federal Register.
Consideration will be give to comments received on or before Dec. 4. Send an original and three copies of postal or commercial delivery comments to Docket APHIS-2006-0118, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit
Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulaitons.gov, select “Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service” from the agency drop-down menu; then click on “Submit.” In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2006-0118 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and may also be reviewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.
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