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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AC98 Publication ID: Fall 2009 
Title: ●Plant Pest Regulations; Update of General Provisions 
Abstract: We are proposing to revise our regulations regarding the movement of plant pests. We are proposing to regulate not only plant pests, but also biological control organisms and noxious weeds. We are proposing risk-based criteria for determining the plant pest status of biological control organisms, providing for the environmental release of organisms for the biological control of weeds, providing for exemption from permit requirements for certain plant pests, and adding relevant definitions. We are also proposing to revise our regulations regarding the movement of soil. These proposed changes would clarify the factors that would be considered when assessing the risks associated with certain organisms, facilitate the importation and interstate movement of regulated organisms, provide transparency of the assessment process, and address gaps in the current regulations. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 318 to 319; 7 CFR 330; 7 CFR 352 
Legal Authority: 7 USC 450; 7 USC 2260; 7 USC 7701 to 7772; 7 USC 7781 to 7786; 19 USC 136; 21 USC 111; 21 USC 114a; 21 USC 136 and 136a; 31 USC 9701; 42 USC 4331 to 4332 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement  10/20/2009  74 FR 53673 
Notice Comment Period End  11/19/2009   
NPRM  01/00/2010   
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Robert Flanders
Senior Technical Advisor, Plant Health Programs, PPQ
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Unit 133, 4700 River Road, Unit 131,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Phone:301 734-0858

 
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