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USDA RESTRICTS ASH PLANT IMPORTS TO PROTECT AGAINST THE EMERALD ASH BORER

September 22, 2008

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is amending the regulations governing the importation of nursery stock to prohibit or restrict the importation of ash ( Fraxinus spp.) plants for planting, except seed, from all foreign countries except for certain areas in Canada that are not regulated areas for emerald ash borer. This action is necessary to prevent further introductions of this plant pest into the United States and to prevent the artificial spread of the emerald ash borer.

This interim rule is scheduled to be published in the Sept. 23 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication .

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Nov. 24. 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- 2007-0111 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-2007-0111, 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-2007-0111.

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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 Melissa O'Dell at (301) 734-5222 or by e-mail at melissa.l.o'dell@aphis.usda.gov.



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