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June 3, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the Karnal bunt regulations to remove certain areas or fields in Riverside County, Calif., from the list of regulated areas based on its determination that those areas or fields meet APHIS’ criteria for release from regulation of Karnal bunt, a fungal disease of wheat.  This action will relieve restrictions on certain areas or fields that are no longer necessary.
Notice of this interim rule is scheduled to be published in the June 4 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Aug. 3.   You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

•     Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0036 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
•     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0036, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.  Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0036.


Note to Reporters:  Public notices and other APHIS information are available on the Internet.  Go to the APHIS news release page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov and click on the “Newsroom” button.  For additional information about this topic contact David Sacks at (301) 734-5271 or by e-mail at david.sacks@aphis.usda.gov.

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