Update of Noxious Weed Regulations

Docket ID: APHIS-2007-0146
Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Parent Agency: Department of Agriculture (USDA)
This rulemaking amends the regulations governing the importation and interstate movement of noxious weeds by adding definitions of terms used in the regulations, adding details regarding the process of applying for the permits used to import or move noxious weeds, adding a requirement for the treatment of niger seed, and adding provisions for petitioning to add a taxon to or remove a taxon from the noxious weed lists. These changes update the regulations to reflect current statutory authority and program operations and improve the effectiveness of the regulations. It also adds seven taxa to the list of terrestrial noxious weeds and to the list of seeds with no tolerances applicable to their introduction. This action prevents the introduction or dissemination of these noxious weeds into or within the United States.
RIN: 0579-AC97
Impacts and Effects: Energy, Small Entities (Business)
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 319,7 CFR 352,7 CFR 360 and 361
Priority: Routine and Frequent
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Publication Period: Spring 2011
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 7 USC 450, 7 USC 1581 to 1610, 7 USC 7701 to 7772, 7 USC 7781 to 7786, 21 USC 136 and 136a, 31 USC 9701
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: Business
International Impacts: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM06/10/200974 FR 27456
NPRM Comment Period End08/10/2009
Final Rule11/10/201075 FR 68945
Final Rule Effective12/10/2010
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Category: Importation of Plants and Plant Products
Keyword(s): USDA, agriculture
Type: Rulemaking
Program: Plant Protection and Quarantine

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Aug 10, 2009 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/10/2009
ID: APHIS-2007-0146-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 11/10/2010
ID: APHIS-2007-0146-0015

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/10/2009
ID: APHIS-2007-0146-0002
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/10/2009
ID: APHIS-2007-0146-0003
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/10/2009
ID: APHIS-2007-0146-0008


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Alan V. Tasker
Noxious Weeds Program Coordinator, Emergency and Domestic Programs, PPQ
301 734-5225
4700 River Road, Unit 26
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Arnold T. Tschanz
Senior Plant Pathologist, Risk Management and Plants for Planting Policy, RPM, PPQ
301 734-0627
4700 River Road, Unit 133
Riverdale, MD 20737-1231
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