Workabeba (Abby) Yigzaw (301) 734-7255
Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2011--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will hold a total of four public meetings in May and June 2011 to discuss the regulatory framework developed by the Veterinary Services (VS) bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis regulatory working group.
VS is proposing to make a number of important changes to its bovine tuberculosis and bovine brucellosis programs with the help of a working group, which includes federal, state and tribal subject matter experts. Working group members have already engaged their local stakeholders throughout this process. VS is now broadening its public outreach regarding these regulatory changes by holding public meetings to advise interested individuals of the regulatory framework and to seek their input.
Meetings will be held on the following dates at the following locations:
May 19, Lansing, Mich.
Causeway Bay Hotel and Convention Center
6820 South Cedar Street
Lansing, Mich. 48911-6907
May 24, Atlanta, Ga.
Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel
1 Hartsfield Center Parkway
Atlanta, Ga. 30354
June 1, Bozeman, Mont.
Holiday Inn Bozeman Airport
5 East Baxter Lane
Bozeman, Mont. 59715
June 6, Amarillo, Texas
Holiday Inn Airport
1911 I-40 East, Ext. 71 and Ross-Osage
Amarillo, Texas 79102
The meetings will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (local time) each day. Registration for each meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. Due to time constraints, public participation in the discussions will be limited. Written comments on meeting topics may be filed with USDA through June 20 via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2011-0044 or by sending them to: Lee Ann Thomas, Director, Ruminant Health Programs, National Center for Animal Health Program, APHIS, VS, 4700 River Road, Unit 43, Riverdale, MD 20737. Written statements may also be filed at the meetings. When submitting your statements, please refer to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0044. The draft regulatory framework will be available to the public as of May 5 at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/tb_bruc/meetings.shtml.
Notice of this action published in today's May 6 Federal Register.
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