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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Asian Longhorned Beetle: Update List of Regulated Articles

We are amending the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) regulations by removing plants of the genus Celtis (hackberry) from the list of regulated articles, which we have determined not to be a host plant of ALB.  This action is necessary to relieve restrictions on the movement of regulated articles that are not hosts of ALB.  As a result of this action, there are no longer any restrictions on the movement of Celtis spp. plants from areas quarantined for ALB.   This interim rule is effective June 16.  We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 15 .
ADDRESSES:  You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
•Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0097
•Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2015-0097, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0097 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC.  Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.  To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

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