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USDA ANNOUNCES ADDITONAL AREAS QUARANTINED FOR
EMERALD ASH BORER

September 21, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is amending its emerald ash borer regulations by adding areas in Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin to the list of areas quarantined because of the pest.  As a result of this action, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas is restricted.
 
This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the emerald ash borer from infested areas in the states of Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin into noninfested areas of the United States.

This interim rule will be published in today’s Sept. 21 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication.
 
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Nov. 20.  You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

•     Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to
http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetial&d=APHIS-2008-0072 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-2008-0072, 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-2008-0072.

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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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 Jessica Milteer at (301) 734-3265 or by e-mail at jessica.d.milteer@aphis.usda.gov.

 

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