This memorandum provides notification of the temporary designation, effective
immediately, for quarantine of the following additional counties in the state of Pennsylvania: Union, Snyder, Sullivan. This action is in response to the recent trapping detection in the indicated counties. This action is authorized by 7 CFR 301.50-3 (b) which provides for temporary designation pending publication of a rule to add the new areas to the list shown in 7 CFR 301.50-3 (c).
The 7 CFR 301.50-3 (b) further requires written notification be given to the owner or person(s) in possession of a newly quarantined area. This is the responsibility of the Federal and/or State regulatory personnel responsible for the PSB program in the affected state.
Prior to September 1, 2004, the state of Pennsylvania must confirm the establishment of a parallel quarantine encompassing these counties, or the entire state will be regulated as of that date. The confirmation should be made in writing to the APHIS State Plant Health Director.
If you wish more details on the Federal regulatory program, you may contact Staff Officer Weyman Fussell at (301) 734-8247. For information on the PSB survey and trapping program, please contact your respective State Plant Health Director.
We continue to appreciate the cooperative relationship with each state affected by PSB.