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APHIS Will Streamline Soil Import Permit Application Process

APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) is working to streamline the application process for soil import
permits (PPQ525). Beginning later this summer, soil import permit applicants will no longer have to sign a compliance agreement for the chemical or physical analysis of regulated imported soil or imported soil for decontamination by incineration or landfill disposal. Instead, APHIS will incorporate the safeguarding requirements previously contained in these compliance agreements into the soil import permit conditions. This action will eliminate duplicate paperwork and help reduce the time it takes APHIS to issue soil import permits. 

Under the streamlined process, applicants will have to submit standard operating procedures describing facility operations through ePermits. Applicants will also need to complete an applicant questionnaire in ePermits that covers facility security, equipment, and storage capabilities. 

Facilities that currently hold a soil import permit and soil compliance agreement will be assigned a unique number. When it’s time to renew, permit holders will be able to select their facility number from a dropdown menu in the ePermits system to initiate the renewal process. Facilities that also handle domestic soil from federally quarantined areas will be required to maintain a current domestic soil movement compliance agreement. 

APHIS will announce the start date for the streamlined soil import permit application process in a future message. Permit holders and stakeholders who have questions about the streamlined soil permit application process should contact Natalia.A.Weinsetel@usda.gov, the Assistant Director in PPQ’s Containment, Soil, and Federal Noxious Weeds Permits Branch or  Laurie.M.Morales@usda.gov, the National Operations Manager for Pre-departure and Permitting in PPQ’s Field Operations.


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