Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas: Additions in Indiana, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
7 CFR Part 301
[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0075]

Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas; Additions in Indiana, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

Agency

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

Action

Affirmation of interim rule as final rule.

Summary

We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations to add areas in Indiana, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin to the list of generally infested areas based on the detection of infestations of gypsy moth in those areas. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the gypsy moth to noninfested areas of the United States.

Dates

Effective on September 29, 2011, we are adopting as a final rule the interim rule published at 76 FR 21613-21615 on April 18, 2011.

For Further Information Contact

Ms. Julie S. Spaulding, Forest Pest ProgramsManager, Emergency and Domestic Programs, Plant Protection and Quarantine, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 137, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-5332.

Supplementary Information

Background

The gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus), is a destructive pest of forest, shade, and commercial trees such as nursery stock and Christmas trees. The gypsy moth regulations (contained in 7 CFR 301.45 through 301.45-12 and referred to below as the regulations) restrict the interstate movement of regulated articles from generally infested areas to prevent the artificial spread of the gypsy moth. Section 301.45-3 of the regulations lists generally infested areas.

In an interim rule (1) effective and published in theFederal Registeron April 18, 2011 (76 FR 21613-21615, Docket No. APHIS-2010-0075), we amended § 301.45-3(a) by adding portions of Indiana, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin to the list of generally infested areas.

Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or before June 17, 2011. We received one comment from a State agricultural agency that was in favor of this action. Therefore, for the reasons given in the interim rule, we are adopting the interim rule as a final rule without change.

This action also affirms the information contained in the interim rule concerning Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, Executive Orders 12372 and 12988, and the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Further, for this action the Office of Management and Budget has waived its review under Executive Order 12866.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 301

Agricultural commodities, Plant diseases and pests, Quarantine, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation.

Regulatory Text

Part 301 Domestic Quarantine Notices

Accordingly, we are adopting as a final rule, without change, the interim rule that amended 7 CFR part 301 and that was published at 76 FR 21613-21615 on April 18, 2011.

Done in Washington, DC, this 23rd day of September 2011.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-25089 Filed 9-28-11; 8:45 am]
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Footnotes

(1) To view the interim rule and its supporting economic analysis, go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2010-0075.

 
 
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ID: APHIS-2010-0075-0004
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Date Posted: Sep 29, 2011
RIN: Not Assigned
CFR: 7 CFR Part 301
Federal Register Number: 2011-25089
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