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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AC98 Publication ID: Spring 2011 
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 the movement of not only plant pests, but also biological control organisms and associated articles. We are proposing risk-based criteria regarding the movement of biological control organisms, and are proposing to exempt certain types of plant pests from permitting requirements for their interstate movement and movement for environmental release. We are also proposing to revise our regulations regarding the movement of soil, and to establish regulations governing the biocontainment facilities in which plant pests, biological control organisms, and associated articles are held. This proposed rule replaces a previously published proposed rule, which we are withdrawing as part of this document. This proposal would clarify the factors that would be considered when assessing the risks associated with the movement of certain organisms, facilitate the movement of regulated organisms and articles in a manner that also protects U.S. agriculture, and address gaps in the current regulations. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously 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    7 USC 8301 to 8817    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
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  06/00/2011    
NPRM Comment Period End  08/00/2011    
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
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:
Shirley Wager-Page
Chief, Pest Permitting Branch, Plant Health Programs, PPQ
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 131,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Phone:301 851-2323

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