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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AC98 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Plant Pest Regulations; Update of General Provisions 

We are proposing to revise our regulations regarding the movement of plant pests. We are proposing criteria regarding the movement and environmental release of biological control organisms, and are proposing to establish regulations to allow the importation and movement in interstate commerce of certain types of plant pests without restriction by granting exceptions from permitting requirements for those pests. We are also proposing to revise our regulations regarding the movement of soil. 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 and facilitate the movement of regulated organisms and articles in a manner that also protects U.S. agriculture.

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 and 319    7 CFR 330    7 CFR 352   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450    7 U.S.C. 2260    7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772    7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786    7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8817    19 U.S.C. 136    21 U.S.C. 111    21 U.S.C. 114a    21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a    31 U.S.C. 9701    42 U.S.C. 4331 and 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  11/00/2016 
NPRM Comment Period End  01/00/2017 
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: 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:
Colin Stewart
Assistant Director, Pests, Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits Branch, Plant Health Programs, PPQ
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 133,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Phone:301 851-2237