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Dec

Importation of Fragrant Pears From China
Federal Register: Dec 23, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 246)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fragrant pears from China under certain conditions. As a condition of entry, fragrant pears from China must be grown in the Korla region of Xinjiang Province in a production site that is registered with the national plant protection organization of China. The fragrant pears will be subject to inspection. In addition, the pears must be packed in cartons that are labeled in accordance with the regulations, shipped in insect-proof containers, and safeguarded from pest infestation during transport to the United States. This action will allow fragrant pears to be imported from China while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.

Importation of Nursery Stock
Federal Register: Dec 15, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 240)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the regulations on importing nursery stock to eliminate various restrictions on the importation of plants in vitro and kenaf seed; to establish programs for the importation of approved plants from the Canary Islands and from Israel; to require an additional declaration on the phytosanitary certificate accompanying blueberry plants imported from Canada; to require that phytosanitary certificates include the genus and species names of the restricted articles they accompany; to change the phytosanitary certificate requirements for several restricted articles; to reduce the postentry quarantine growing period for Hydrangea spp. and for certain chrysanthemums; and to update the list of ports of entry and Federal plant inspection stations. We are also proposing several other changes to update and clarify the regulations and improve their effectiveness. These changes are necessary to relieve restrictions that appear unnecessary, update existing provisions, and make the regulations easier to understand and implement.

Karnal Bunt; Addition and Removal of Regulated Areas in Arizona
Federal Register: Dec 13, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 238)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.
SUMMARY: We are amending the Karnal bunt regulations to make changes to the list of areas or fields regulated because of Karnal bunt, a fungal disease of wheat. We are adding certain areas in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, AZ, to the list of regulated areas either because they were found during surveys to contain a bunted wheat kernel, or because they are within the 3-mile-wide buffer zone around fields or areas affected with Karnal bunt. We are also removing certain areas or fields in Maricopa County, AZ, from the list of regulated areas based on our determination that those fields or areas meet our criteria for release from regulation. These actions are necessary to prevent the spread of Karnal bunt to noninfected areas of the United States and to relieve restrictions on certain areas that are no longer necessary.

Certification Program for Imported Articles of Pelargonium spp. and Solanum spp. to Prevent Introduction of Potato Brown Rot; Correction
Federal Register: Dec 01, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 230)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule; correction.
SUMMARY: We are correcting an error in the amendatory instructions in our final rule that amended the provisions of a certification program for articles of Pelargonium spp. and Solanum spp. imported from countries where the bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 is known to occur. The final rule was effective and published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2005 (70 FR 61351-61362, Docket No. 03- 019-3).

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Nov

Flag Smut; Importation of Wheat and Related Products
Federal Register: Nov 28, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 227)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We are amending the regulations regarding the importation of wheat and related articles by removing the prohibitions related to flag smut. Based on a number of considerations, we have concluded that U.S. wheat will not be at risk if those prohibitions are removed. We will, however, continue to prohibit the importation of wheat and related articles from flag smut-affected countries until a risk evaluation can be completed to ensure that those articles do not introduce other plant pests. This action removes flag smut-related prohibitions that no longer appear to be necessary while continuing to provide protection against other potential pests or diseases of wheat.

Notice of Availability of Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Report for Vegetation Treatments on Public Lands Administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the Western United States, Including Alaska
Federal Register: Nov 10, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 217)
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability for public review and comment.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the BLM is making available for public review and comment a draft national programmatic EIS and environmental report on vegetation treatments involving the use of chemical herbicides and other methods on the public lands administered by BLM in 17 western states, including Alaska.

Importation of Cattle From Mexico
Federal Register: Nov 09, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 216)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the regulations regarding the importation of cattle from Mexico by adding San Luis, AZ, as a port through which cattle that have been infested with fever ticks or exposed to fever ticks or tick-borne diseases may be imported into the United States. A new facility for the handling of animals is to be constructed on the Mexican side of the border at the port of San Luis, AZ, that will be equipped with facilities necessary for the proper chute inspection, dipping, and testing that are required for such cattle under the regulations. We would also amend the regulations to remove provisions that limit the admission of cattle that have been infested with fever ticks or exposed to fever ticks or tick-borne diseases to the State of Texas and that prohibit the movement of such cattle into areas of Texas quarantined because of fever ticks. The statutory requirement that limited the admission of those cattle to the State of Texas has been repealed, and we believe that the current provisions of our domestic fever tick quarantine regulations will effectively address any risk of the spread of tick-borne diseases associated with the subsequent movement of imported cattle from the quarantined area of Texas. These proposed changes would make an additional port of entry available and relieve restrictions on the movement of imported Mexican cattle within the United States.

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Oct

Emerald Ash Borer; Quarantined Areas
Federal Register: Oct 31, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 209)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.
SUMMARY: We are amending the emerald ash borer regulations by adding areas in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio to the list of areas quarantined because of emerald ash borer. As a result of this action, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas is restricted. This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the emerald ash borer from infested areas in the States of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio into noninfested areas of the United States.

Injurious Wildlife Species; Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus); Extension of Comment Period
Federal Register: Oct 27, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 207)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, extend the comment period on a proposed rule to add all forms of live black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus), including gametes and viable eggs, to the list of injurious fish under the Lacey Act and on the draft environmental assessment and draft economic analysis prepared in association with the proposed rule.

Asian Longhorned Beetle; Addition and Removal of Quarantined Areas in New Jersey
Federal Register: Oct 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 204)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.
SUMMARY: We are amending the Asian longhorned beetle regulations by adding a portion of Middlesex and Union Counties, NJ, to the list of quarantined areas and restricting the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas. This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of the Asian longhorned beetle to noninfested areas of the United States. We are also removing the areas within Hudson County, NJ, from the list of quarantined areas and removing restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas. We have determined that the Asian longhorned beetle no longer presents a risk of spread from those areas and that the quarantine and restrictions are no longer necessary.

Certification Program for Imported Articles of Pelargonium spp. and Solanum spp. To Prevent Introduction of Potato Brown Rot
Federal Register: Oct 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 204)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We are adopting as a final rule, with changes, an interim rule that amended the regulations by establishing a certification program for articles of Pelargonium spp. and Solanum spp. imported from countries where the bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 (R3B2) is known to occur. The interim rule prohibited the importation of articles of Pelargonium spp. and Solanum spp. from countries where R. solanacearum R3B2 is known to occur unless the articles are produced in accordance with the certification program. This final rule amends the regulations by modifying some of the requirements of the certification program to make them clearer and more flexible, by providing for the establishment of areas that are free of R. solanacearum R3B2 within countries where the bacterium is known to occur, and by exempting imported seeds of Pelargonium spp. and Solanum spp. from all requirements related to R. solanacearum R3B2. The requirements of the certification program are designed to ensure that R. solanacearum R3B2 will not be introduced into the United States through the importation of articles of Pelargonium spp. and Solanum spp. This certification program is necessary to prevent the introduction of this bacterial strain into the United States.

Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2006
Federal Register: Oct 20, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 202)
AGENCY: Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.
ACTION: Notice; re-open competition solicitation.
SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research publishes this notice to reopen the competitive solicitation for the Ballast Water Technology Demonstration Program (Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation Facility).

Environmental Impact Statement; Petition for Deregulation of Genetically Engineered Glyphosate-Tolerant Creeping Bentgrass; Request for Additional Information
Federal Register: Oct 12, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 196)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking information to develop an environmental impact statement as part of its consideration of a petition received from Monsanto Company and The Scotts Company. The petition requests a determination of nonregulated status for engineered creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) that is glyphosate tolerant. We are preparing this environmental impact statement in accordance with 7 CFR 372.5 and 40 CFR 1501.3 and 1501.4. We are seeking specific information about glyphosate use to control grasses. We are primarily interested in the details of those programs that focus on weed management in nonagricultural lands.

Black Stem Rust; Movement Restrictions and Addition of Rust- Resistant Varieties
Federal Register: Oct 12, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 196)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the black stem rust quarantine and regulations by changing the movement restrictions in order to allow clonally propagated offspring of rust-resistant Berberis cultivars to move into or through a protected area without completing the currently required 2-year growth period. This change would lessen an unnecessarily strict movement requirement. We also propose to add 13 varieties to the list of rust-resistant Berberis species. This change would allow for the interstate movement of these newly developed varieties without unnecessary restrictions.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting
Federal Register: Oct 11, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 195)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act; Revisions to Authority Citations
Federal Register: Oct 05, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 192)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We are amending the authority citations in title 7, chapter III, and title 9, part 94, to reflect the enactment of the Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-412, 118 Stat. 2320, 7 U.S.C. 7781-7786), which amended the Plant Protection Act.

Karnal Bunt; Criteria for Releasing Fields From Regulation
Federal Register: Oct 05, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 192)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the Karnal bunt regulations regarding the requirements that must be met in order for a field or area to be removed from the list of regulated areas. The proposed changes would allow a field to qualify for release after 5 cumulative years of specified management practices, rather than 5 consecutive years as the current regulations provide, and reorganize the manner in which those management practices are described. These proposed changes would clarify the existing regulations and provide growers in regulated areas with greater flexibility in their planting decisions.

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Sep

Mexican Fruit Fly; Quarantined Areas and Treatments for Regulated Articles
Federal Register: Sep 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 189)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Affirmation of interim rules as final rule.
SUMMARY: We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the Mexican fruit fly regulations to provide for the use of irradiation as a treatment for fruits listed as regulated articles. We are also adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended those regulations by removing a portion of San Diego County, CA, from the list of quarantined areas. Those interim rules were necessary to provide an additional option for qualifying regulated articles for movement from quarantined areas and to relieve restrictions that were no longer needed to prevent the spread of Mexican fruit fly to noninfested areas of the United States.

West Indian Fruit Fly; Regulated Articles
Federal Register: Sep 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 189)
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 West Indian fruit fly regulations by removing grapefruit, sweet lime, sour orange, and sweet orange from the list of regulated articles. A review of available scientific literature and other information led us to conclude that these citrus fruits do not present a risk of spreading West Indian fruit fly. This action affirms the elimination of restrictions on the interstate movement of these citrus fruits from areas quarantined because of the West Indian fruit fly.

Citrus From Peru
Federal Register: Sep 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 189)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation, under certain conditions, of fresh commercial citrus fruit (grapefruit, limes, mandarin oranges or tangerines, sweet oranges, and tangelos) from approved areas of Peru into the United States. Based on the evidence in a recent pest risk analysis, we believe these articles can be safely imported from Peru, provided certain conditions are met. This action would provide for the importation of citrus from Peru into the United States while continuing to protect the United States against the introduction of plant pests.

Notice of Request for Approval of an Information Collection; Voluntary "Do Not Sell"' List of Invasive Plant Species
Federal Register: Sep 29, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 188)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: New information collection; comment request.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request approval of a new information collection activity associated with a voluntary "do not sell'' list of invasive plant species for Florida nurseries.

Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act; Delegation of Authority
Federal Register: Sep 23, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 184)
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary and Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This document delegates the authority given to the Secretary of Agriculture under the Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act of 2004 to establish a program to provide financial and technical assistance to control or eradicate noxious weeds. Authority is delegated from the Secretary of Agriculture to the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; from that official to the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; and from the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to the Deputy Administrator for Plant Protection and Quarantine. In addition, this document also removes references to statutes that were repealed upon enactment of the Plant Protection Act and statutes that were repealed upon enactment of the Animal Health Protection Act.

Cut Flowers From Countries With Chrysanthemum White Rust
Federal Register: Sep 20, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 181)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of a comment period.
SUMMARY: We are reopening the comment period for our proposed rule that would amend the cut flowers regulations to establish specific requirements for the importation of cut flowers that are hosts of chrysanthemum white rust (CWR) from countries where the disease is known to occur. We also proposed to amend the nursery stock regulations to update lists of countries where CWR is known to occur. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

Add Argentina to the List of Regions Considered Free of Exotic Newcastle Disease; Correction
Federal Register: Sep 08, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 173)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule; correction.
SUMMARY: In a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on August 23, 2005 (Docket No. 04-083-1), we proposed to amend the regulations by adding Argentina to the list of regions considered free of exotic Newcastle disease (END) and announced the availability of a qualitative evaluation regarding the END status of Argentina. The proposed rule contained an incorrect Internet address and incomplete instructions on how to access the qualitative evaluation. This document corrects those errors.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force--Joint Meeting of the Western Regional Panel and the Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel
Federal Register: Sep 06, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 171)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a joint meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Western Regional Panel and Mississippi River Basin Regional Panel. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

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Aug

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force--Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel
Federal Register: Aug 31, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 168)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

Ballast Water Management for Vessels Entering the Great Lakes That Declare No Ballast Onboard
Federal Register: Aug 31, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 168)
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of policy; availability of draft environmental assessment.
SUMMARY: To prevent the introductions of aquatic nonindigenous species from vessels entering the Great Lakes declaring no ballast onboard (NOBOB), the Coast Guard establishes best management practices for residual ballast water and sediment management to be followed by NOBOB vessels. Coast Guard also requests comments on the draft environmental assessment prepared for the policy.

Injurious Wildlife Species; Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus); Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Economic Analysis
Federal Register: Aug 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 167)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period and availability of supplemental information.
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment and draft economic analysis for public comment. These documents supplement the information in the proposed rule to add all forms (diploid and triploid) of live black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus), gametes, and viable eggs to the list of injurious fish, mollusks, and crustaceans under the Lacey Act. We are also soliciting public comments on all aspects of the proposed rule.

Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Federal Register: Aug 29, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 166)
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of public meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory
Committee.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the National Invasive Species Council, as authorized by Executive Order 13112, on a broad array of issues related to preventing the introduction of invasive species and providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species cause. The Council is Co-chaired by the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues. The purpose of a meeting on October 11-13, 2005 is to convene the full Advisory Committee; and to discuss implementation of action items outlined in the National Invasive Species Management Plan, which was finalized on January 18, 2001.

Add Argentina to the List of Regions Considered Free of Exotic Newcastle Disease
Federal Register: Aug 23, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 162)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the regulations by adding Argentina to the list of regions considered free of exotic Newcastle disease. We have conducted a risk evaluation and have determined that Argentina has met our requirements for being recognized as free of this disease. This proposed action would eliminate certain restrictions on the importation into the United States of poultry and poultry products from Argentina. We would also add Argentina to the list of regions that, although declared free of exotic Newcastle disease, must provide an additional certification to confirm that any poultry or poultry products offered for importation into the United States originate in a region free of exotic Newcastle disease and that, prior to importation into the United States, such poultry or poultry products were not commingled with poultry or poultry products from regions where exotic Newcastle disease exists.

Availability of Draft National Management Plan for the Genus Caulerpa
Federal Register: Aug 17, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 158)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of document availability and request for comments.
SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the draft National Management Plan for the Genus Caulerpa (NMP) for public review and comment. The draft was prepared by the Caulerpa Working Group of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, as authorized by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (16 U.S.C. 4701 et seq.). Comments received will be considered in preparing the final NMP, which will guide cooperative and integrated management of Caulerpa species in the United States.

Asian Longhorned Beetle; Removal of Regulated Areas
Federal Register: Aug 09, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 152)
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 Asian longhorned beetle regulations by removing portions of Cook and DuPage Counties, IL, from the list of quarantined areas and removing restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas. The interim rule was based on our determination that the Asian longhorned beetle no longer presents a risk of spread from those areas and that the quarantine and restrictions are no longer necessary.

Imported Fire Ant; Additions to Quarantined Areas in Arkansas and Tennessee
Federal Register: Aug 08, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 151)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.
SUMMARY: We are amending the imported fire ant regulations by designating as quarantined areas all of 1 county in Arkansas and all or portions of 18 counties in Tennessee. As a result of this action, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas will be restricted. This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of imported fire ant to noninfested areas of the United States.

Saltcedar; Availability of an Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
Federal Register: Aug 03, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 148)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment relative to the control of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.). The environmental assessment considers the effects of, and alternatives to, the release of a nonindigenous leaf beetle, Diorhabda elongata, into the environment to reduce the severity of saltcedar infestations. The environmental assessment provides a basis for our conclusion that the release into the environment of the biological control agent will not present a risk of introducing plant pests into the United States or disseminating plant pests within the United States and will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment. Based on its findings of no significant impact, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Foreign Quarantine Notices
Federal Register: Aug 03, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 148)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection in support of regulations to prevent the introduction or spread of foreign plant pests within the United States.

Karnal Bunt; Regulated Areas
Federal Register: Aug 02, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 147)
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 Karnal bunt regulations by adding certain areas in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pinal Counties, AZ, and Riverside County, CA, to the list of regulated areas and by removing certain areas or fields in Maricopa and Pinal Counties, AZ, and Imperial County, CA, from the list of regulated areas. Those actions were necessary to prevent the spread of Karnal bunt to noninfected areas of the United States and to relieve restrictions on certain areas that are no longer necessary.

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Jul

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; Additional Restrictions
Federal Register: Jul 20, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 138)
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 concerning the importation of animals and animal products to prohibit or restrict the importation of birds, poultry, and unprocessed birds and poultry products from regions that have reported the presence of the H5N1 subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza and to establish additional permit and quarantine requirements for U.S. origin pet birds and performing or theatrical birds and poultry returning to the United States. The interim rule was necessary to prevent the introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza subtype H5N1 into the United States.

Cut Flowers From Countries With Chrysanthemum White Rust
Federal Register: Jul 07, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 129)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the cut flowers regulations to establish specific requirements for the importation of cut flowers that are hosts of chrysanthemum white rust (CWR) from countries where the disease is known to occur. We are also proposing to amend the nursery stock regulations to update lists of countries where CWR is known to occur. We are proposing these changes in order to make our cut flowers and nursery stock regulations consistent. This action is necessary because of numerous recent findings of CWR on cut flowers from Europe that pose a risk of introducing CWR in the United States.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Research Committee Meeting
Federal Register: Jul 01, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 126)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Research Committee. This meeting is open to the pubic. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

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Jun

Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2006
Federal Register: June 30, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 125)
AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Omnibus notice announcing the availability of grant funds for fiscal year 2006.
SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the availability of grant funds for Fiscal Year 2006.

Citrus Canker; Quarantined Areas
Federal Register: Jun 23, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 120)
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 citrus canker regulations by updating the list of areas in the State of Florida quarantined because of citrus canker. The interim rule expanded one established quarantined area, added several new quarantine areas, and removed a portion of one quarantined area. These actions were necessary to prevent the spread of citrus canker into noninfested areas of the United States and to relieve restrictions that were no longer warranted.

Pine Shoot Beetle; Interstate Movement of Pine Bark Products From Quarantined Areas
Federal Register: Jun 06, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 107)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Proposed rule.
SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the pine shoot beetle regulations to
allow pine bark products to be moved interstate from quarantined areas
during the shoot feeding stage (July 1 through October 31) of the pine
shoot beetle's life cycle without treatment.

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May

Pine Shoot Beetle; Additions to Quarantined Areas
Federal Register: May 26, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 101)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.
SUMMARY: We are amending the pine shoot beetle regulations by adding counties in Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In addition, we are designating the States of New Hampshire and Vermont, in their entirety, as quarantined areas based on their decision to no longer enforce intrastrate movement restrictions. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of pine shoot beetle, a pest of pine trees, into noninfested areas of the United States.

Cibola National Forest; New Mexico; Canadian River Tamarisk Control Project
Federal Register: May 13, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 92)
AGENCY: Forest Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.
SUMMARY: The Department of Agriculture, Forest Service has initiated the process to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Canadian River Tamarisk Control Project on the Cibola National Forest, Kiowa National Grassland. The proposed action would restore the hydrologic function of the Canadian River by eradicating tamarisk (salt cedar) along the river corridor and tributaries, covering 16 miles (approximately 540 acres) that occur on Federal administrative lands. This proposal includes the use of a helicopter to aerially apply the herbicide imazapyr (common trade names Arsenal and Habitat) along with an approved surfactant and drift control agent, and/or use mechanical treatments and backpack sprayers to apply the same herbicide to cut stumps in designated areas. The objective is to eradicate tamarisk from this section of the Canadian River and promote the re-establishment of native riparian vegetation and habitat conditions for wildlife.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel Meeting
Federal Register: May 06, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 87)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of meeting.
SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting topics are identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

Public Meeting; Criteria for New Category of Imported Nursery Stock
Federal Register: May 02, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 83)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of meeting and reopening of comment period.
SUMMARY: We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will hold a meeting concerning the possibility of establishing a category of plant taxa excluded pending pest risk analysis with respect to the importation of plants for planting. In order to allow interested persons who cannot attend the meeting an opportunity to prepare and submit comments, we are also reopening the comment period for our Dec 2004 advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding whether and how we should amend the regulations concerning the importation of nursery stock.

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Apr

Asian Longhorned Beetle; Removal of Regulated Areas
Federal Register: Apr 26, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 79)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.
SUMMARY: We are amending the Asian longhorned beetle regulations by removing portions of Cook and DuPage Counties, IL, from the list of quarantined areas and removing restrictions on the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas. We have determined that the Asian longhorned beetle no longer presents a risk of spread from those areas and that the quarantine and restrictions are no longer necessary.
DATES: This interim rule was effective April 21, 2005. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before June 27, 2005.

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Mar

Final List of Bird Species to Which the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Apply
Federal Register: Mar 15, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 49)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability.
SUMMARY: We are publishing a final list of the nonnative bird species that have been introduced by humans into the United States or its territories and to which the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) does not apply.

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Jan

Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Federal Register: Jan 27, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 17)
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of public meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given of meetings of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee.
DATES: Meeting of Invasive Species Advisory Committee: Wednesday, Feb 16, 2005, through Friday, Feb 18, 2005; beginning at 8 a.m. each day.

Ballast Water Management for Vessels Entering the Great Lakes That Declare No Ballast Onboard
Federal Register: Jan 07, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 5)
AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting; request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks consultation with all interested and affected parties in identifying ballast water management strategies for vessels entering the Great Lakes that declare no ballast onboard (NOBOB). Our goal for these strategies is to prevent the introduction and spread of nonindigenous species via NOBOBs.
DATES: The public meeting will be held at the following date and city: Cleveland, OH, May 09, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Comments and related material must reach the Docket Management Facility on or before May 09, 2005.

Emerald Ash Borer; Quarantined Areas
Federal Register: Jan 04, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 2)
AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: Interim rule and request for comments.
SUMMARY: We are amending the emerald ash borer regulations by adding areas in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio to the list of areas quarantined because of emerald ash borer. As a result of this action, the interstate movement of regulated articles from those areas is restricted. This action is necessary to prevent the artificial spread of this plant pest from infested areas in the States of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio into noninfested areas of the United States.
DATES: This interim rule was effective Dec 28, 2004. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before Mar 07, 2005.

Draft List of Bird Species to Which the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Apply
Federal Register: Jan 04, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 2)
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of availability.
SUMMARY: We are publishing a draft list of the nonnative bird species that have been introduced by humans into the United States or its territories and to which the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) does not apply. This action is required by the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act (MBTRA) of 2004. The MBTRA amends the MBTA by stating that it applies only to migratory bird species that are native to the United States or its territories, and that a native migratory bird is one that is present as a result of natural biological or ecological processes. This notice identifies those species that are not protected by the MBTA, even though they belong to biological families referred to in treaties that the MBTA implements, as their presence in the United States and its territories is solely the result of intentional or unintentional human-assisted introductions.
DATES: Submit comments on or before Feb 03, 2005.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Non-Native Deer Management Plan Point Reyes National Seashore; Marin County, CA; Notice of Availability
Federal Register: Jan 04, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 2)
AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior
Action: Notice of availability.

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