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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
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Larry Hawkins (916) 930-5509


WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2010--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today released, for review and comment, a site specific environmental assessment related to the interstate movement of garbage from Hawaii to Washington state.

The environmental assessment includes APHIS’ analysis of the environmental impacts associated with, and alternatives to, the movement of municipal solid waste to three existing ports on the Columbia River via barge, as well as the transportation of the waste by truck or rail to the landfill.  APHIS prepared the environmental assessment in response to a request to allow the interstate movement of garbage from Hawaii to Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Washington state.
APHIS regulates the importation and interstate movement of municipal solid waste in order to protect against the introduction of plant and animal diseases within the United States.

This notice is published in today’s Jan. 19 Federal Register.
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before March 18.  You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to 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-2006-0172, 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-2006-0172.

Comments are posted on the 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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