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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AC69 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans 

This rulemaking would amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations to add requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel by research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers. This action would heighten the awareness of licensees and registrants regarding their responsibilities and help ensure a timely and appropriate response should an emergency or disaster occur.

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 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 9 CFR 2    9 CFR 3   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2131 to 2159   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/23/2008  73 FR 63085   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/22/2008    
NPRM Comment Period Extended  12/19/2008  73 FR 77554   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  02/20/2009    
Final Rule  12/31/2012  77 FR 76815   
Final Rule Effective  01/30/2013 
Final Rule -- Stay of Regulations  07/31/2013  78 FR 46255   
Final Rule Effective -- Stay of Regulations  07/31/2013 
NPRM  06/00/2021 
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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Kay Carter-Corker
Director, National Policy Staff, Animal Care
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 84,
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone:301 851-3748