Federal Register: September 1, 1998 (Volume 63, Number
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Importation of Orchids in Growing Media
|AGENCY:||Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.|
|SUMMARY:||We are proposing to amend our regulations governing the importation of plants and plant products to add orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis to the list of plants that may be imported in an approved growing medium subject to specified growing, inspection, and certification requirements. We have assessed the pest risks associated with the importation of Phalaenopsis spp. orchids established in growing media and have determined that the degree of pest risk is no greater than the pest risk associated with the importation of bare- rooted Phalaenopsis spp. orchids, which may already be imported under the regulations. This proposed rule would allow Phalaenopsis spp. orchids established in growing media to be imported into the United States under certain conditions.|