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For the next month ANBP will be concentrating on replying to the new USDA-APHIS regulations that cover permitting of biological control species. Please see this announcement from the agency with the response deadline of April 19, 2017.
APHIS Extends Comment Period on Proposed Rule that Revises Requirements for Importation and Interstate Movement of Plant Pests, Biocontrol Agents, and Soil
APHIS proposes to revise the regulations in 7 CFR part 330 that govern the movement into and within the United States of plant pests, biological control agents, and soil, and is soliciting public comments until April 19, 2017. The comment period has been extended for 30 days to give stakeholders and the public additional time to submit comments on the proposed change. The proposed action will align plant pest regulations with current APHIS policies, remove obsolete requirements, streamline the permit process for low risk organisms, and update requirements for the import of foreign soil.
Regarding the regulation of plant pests, this proposed rule would:
As it relates to the regulation of biological control organisms, this proposed rule would:
The proposed rule would also update the regulations to more appropriately reflect the risk from soil that accompanies a plant pest by:
The proposed rule is available in the Federal Register. The deadline to submit comments is extended until April 19, 2017. APHIS will carefully review and consider all comments received before making a decision regarding the importation and interstate movement of plant pests, biocontrol agents, and soil.
To review the proposed rule or submit comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2008-0076.
Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0076, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.
For more information, contact Lynn LeBeck, ANBP Executive Director.