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.
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.
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.