The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeks public input on a draft environmental impact statement (dEIS) and preliminary plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) as part of its review of a petition to deregulate two lines of genetically engineered freeze-tolerant Eucalyptus. The petition was submitted by ArborGen, Inc.
The dEIS and preliminary PPRA will be available for comment for 45 days upon publication of their availability in the Federal Register on April 21, 2017. APHIS will finalize the dEIS and preliminary PPRA after carefully considering public comments and before making a final regulatory determination on the petition for deregulation, and issuing a Record of Decision.
Comments can be submitted from April 21, 2017, to June 5, 2017.