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USDA TO PREPARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT REGARDING PROPOSED REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR PLANT HEALTH PROGRAMS

October 20, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is preparing an environmental impact statement relative to proposed regulatory requirements that are being developed for the movement of plant pests, biological control organisms and associated articles.  This notice identifies potential issues and alternatives that will be studied in the environmental impact statement and requests public comment to further delineate the scope of those issues and alternatives.
     
This action is published in today’s Oct. 20 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to all comments received on or before Nov. 19.  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-2008-0076 to submit or view comments.
  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0076, 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-2008-0076.
               
    Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and also can be reviewed at USDA, Room1141, 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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