Regulatory:

Notice and request for comments: Rural Utilities Service, USDA; In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which the Agency intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Info HERE

Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA; In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of citrus from Peru into the continental United States. Info HERE

Notice: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA): Chemical Data Reporting under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA section 8(a)), identified by EPA ICR No. 1884.10 and OMB Control No. 2070-0162. This is a request to renew the approval of an existing ICR that is currently scheduled to expire on October 31, 2018. The ICR, which is available in the docket along with other related materials, provides a detailed explanation of the collection activities and the burden estimate that is only briefly summarized in this document. Comments received in response to the previously provided 60-day public review opportunity are also in the docket and have been addressed in the ICR. With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public review and comment. Info HERE

Final Rule: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of pyroxasulfone in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. In addition, the established pyroxasulfone tolerance on cotton, undelinted seed is removed. Interregional Research Project Number 4 (IR-4) requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). Info HERE

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP); Under the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8301et seq.), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is authorized to among other things, administer the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP or the Plan), the primary purpose of which is to protect the health of the U.S. poultry population. NPIP is a voluntary Federal-State-industry cooperative program for the improvement of poultry flocks and products through disease control techniques. The NPIP regulations are contained in 9 CFR parts 56, 145, 146 and 147. Info HERE

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: NIFA Grant Application; The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) sponsors ongoing agricultural research, education, and extension programs under which competitive, formula, and special awards of a high-priority nature are made. These programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3101), the Smith-Lever Act, and other legislative authorities. Before awards can be issued, certain information is required from applicants as part of an overall application. In addition to a project summary, proposal narrative, vitae of key personnel, and other pertinent technical aspects of the proposed project, supporting documentation of an administrative and budgetary nature also must be provided. This information is obtained via applications through the use of federal-wide standard grant application forms and NIFA specific application forms. Because competitive applications are submitted, many of which necessitate review by peer panelists, it is particularly important that applicants provide the information in a standardized fashion to ensure equitable treatment for all. Info HERE

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: Generic Clearance Social Science and Economics Data Collections on Natural Disasters and Disturbances; Wildfires, droughts, floods, diseases, invasive species, effects of climate change, and other natural disasters and disturbances periodically affect ecosystems, causing immediate and long-term changes. The frequency, type, duration, and intensity of disturbances shape our forests, grasslands, and other natural ecosystems and impact people’s lives. Social science and economics research methods, including surveys, interviews, and focus groups, administered under this generic information collection approval will be designed to collect information from individuals/households, States, Local and Tribal Agencies and groups who are preparing for, responding to, and/or recovering from natural disasters and disturbances, including but not limited to fires, droughts, floods, hurricanes, climate change, high intensity weather systems, and invasive species infestations. Info HERE