USDA ADDS OHIO AND AREAS IN MAINE AND INDIANA TO PINE SHOOT BEETLE QUARANTINE
September 21, 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the pine shoot beetle regulations by adding the entire state of Ohio and counties in Maine and Indiana to the list of quarantined areas. APHIS is taking this action following the detection of pine shoot beetle in those areas. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of pine shoot beetle, a pest of pine trees, into noninfested areas of the United States.
This interim rule will be published in the Sept. 21 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication.
Consideration will be given to all comments received on or before Nov. 20.
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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