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APHIS Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule that Revises Requirements for Importation and Interstate Movement of Plant Pests, Biocontrol Agents, and Soil

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The comment period for APHIS’ proposed rule to revise the regulations in 7 CFR part 330 that govern the movement into and within the United States of plant pests, biological control agents, and soil, has been extended until April 19, 2017. This 30 day extension will give stakeholders and the public additional time to submit comments on the proposed changes. The proposed action will align plant pest regulations with current APHIS policies, remove obsolete requirements, streamline the permit process for low risk organisms, and update requirements for the import of foreign soil.

The proposed rule is available in the Federal Register. The deadline to submit comments is now extended until April 19, 2017. APHIS will carefully review and consider all comments received before making a decision regarding the importation and interstate movement of plant pests, biocontrol agents, and soil.

To review the proposed rule or submit comments, go to:
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2008-0076
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Send 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.




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