Environmental Impact Statement for Glyphosate-Resistant Creeping Bentgrass

Environmental Impact Statement for Glyphosate-Resistant Creeping Bentgrass

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the deregulation to The Scotts Company’s and Monsanto Company’s creeping bentgrass genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate. This notice also announces the availability of our Record of Decision (ROD) for the published Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The ROD describes the alternatives considered and documents APHIS’ decision to deregulate based on a thorough review of the potential environmental impacts in accordance with the agency’s National Environmental Policy Act implementing regulations, and its plant pest authority under the Plant Protection Act. APHIS concluded in its Final Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) that this variety of creeping bentgrass is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States.

Notice of this determination will be published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2017.

The ROD and supporting documents are also available below.

Background

On January 8, 2016, APHIS announced in the Federal Register the availability of a petition from Scotts and Monsanto  seeking deregulation for creeping bentgrass genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate for a 60-day public comment period, which ended March 8, 2016.

On August 3, 2016, APHIS announced in the Federal Register our intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the environmental impacts that may result from the approval of the Scotts and Monsanto petition. We requested that the public review our Notice of Intent (NOI) and provide comment to help us identify potential issues and impacts that APHIS should consider in our evaluation of the petition. The 30-day public comment period ended September 2, 2016. 

APHIS thoroughly reviewed the public comments received on the NOI and other relevant data and prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) and Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA)

On September 30, 2016, APHIS announced the availability of the dEIS for a 45-day public comment period in the Federal Register.  The comment period closed November 14, 2016. APHIS finalized the dEIS and preliminary PPRA after carefully considering public comments and before making a final regulatory determination and issuing a Record of Decision.  

On December 8, 2016, APHIS made available a final environmental impact statement (EIS) for a 30-day public viewing/inspection that evaluated the environmental impacts that may result from the deregulation of The Scotts Company’s (Scotts) and Monsanto Company’s (Monsanto) genetically engineered glyphosate-resistant creeping bentgrass.


Supporting Documents

Federal Register Notice of the Record of Decision

Record of Decision (ROD)

Final Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA)

Federal Register Notice of the Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Federal Register Notice of the Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS)

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS)

Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA)

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

APHIS Petition No. 15-300-01p

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) announces our intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate the environmental impacts that may result from the approval of a petition for deregulation of a creeping bentgrass genetically engineered for glyphosate resistance.

                  

We request that the public review our Notice of Intent (NOI) and provide comment to help us identify potential issues and impacts that APHIS should consider in our evaluation of the petition from Scotts Company and Monsanto Company. The NOI will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

 

APHIS will consider all public input submitted during the 30-day comment period on the NOI and use the information as we work to complete, and then publish, the draft EIS.  There will be another public comment period after publication of the draft EIS.

 

The petition and related information are available on the BRS News Webpage . Upon publication of the NOI in the Federal Register, comments can be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0096 for 30 days.
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