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Time extension for comment on changes to nursery stock import regs.

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Time extension for comment on changes to nursery stock import regs.
  • From: oneofcultivars@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 10:25:37 EST

Following is an excerpt from a news article in the Washington Post.


Clearly there is a train here that can be put on our track in relation to the plant industry. Unfortunately, the OMB addresses everything from auto safety to lead based paint with not a single mention that the plant industry needed less not more regulation. I spect that is our fault.

Too, 189 recommendations seems weak. Very, very, very weak in relation to the probable budget dedicated to the OMB project.

Suggestions of previous posters to this thread are deserving of consideration.

Bill Burleson

OMB to Reconsider Some Rules

By Cindy Skrzycki
"Tuesday, March 22, 2005; Page E01
Thomas M.Sullivan, who heads the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, is delighted with the recent announcement by the Bush administration that it would get cracking on an effort to make federal agencies more responsive to businesses and others who want to see changes or repeal of federal regulations.

Last year, the administration asked for suggestions for the "reform" of regulations that have particular impact on the manufacturing sector and small business. The Office of Management and Budget, which is responsible for the initiative, got 189 recommendations, mostly from business and mainly centering on rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor. "

A previous post follows:

Once again I'm crossposting this message and I apologize to those who
> are on more than one of the lists.
> Thanks to all who have taken time to comment.  APHIS heard the
> requests for a time extension and has granted one.
> The comment period has been extended until April 11, 2005.
> This may be the single most important issue the gardening community
> ever has to face; the proposed regulations will affect gardeners in
> every country.  Since there is no central organization to speak for
> horticulture, it is important that we do not ignore this opportunity,
> thinking someone else will take care of it.  There is no someone
> else; we are it.
> While comments have been coming in on the docket site, I hope more of
> you will make the time to take advantage of this extension and send
> in your comments.  APHIS will respond to your concerns if they are
> stated in a civil manner; clear reasoning supported by personal
> experience is especially helpful; rants of frustration with past or
> present are not.
> It would also be very helpful if you are able to get the word out to
> smaller nurseries and growers who are either not online; not on the
> mailing lists or too busy keeping their heads above water to keep up
> with regulatory issues.  These regulations will affect them directly
> and they need to know about them so that they are able express their
> needs and concerns to APHIS.
> Unfortunately, one cannot create a direct link to the actual
> document.  To find it, go to the main docket list page:
> http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor/ppq.html
> If the above URL breaks on your email program, use this one:
> http://tinyurl.com/3v8wy
> The first item on the page listing, Nursery Stock Regulations, is
> the notice of the extension of the comment period - you cannot reach
> the document from it.
> Scroll down the page.  The docket is about the 18th item down the
> page.
> You will see this:
> Nursery Stock Regulations
> Docket No. 03-069-1
> Advance notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments
> 7 CFR Part 319
> Published December 10, 2004
> 69 FR 71736-71744
> Text | PDF | EDOCKET
> The above three items are the links on the APHIS site to the actual
> document. The first is to a text file on the web.  The second
> downloads an Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file to your computer.  The third
> links to the page with comments that have been made, which contains
> links that you can use to submit your own comment.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
> Editor:  Gardening in Shade
> Shadyside Garden Designs

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