Monsanto's GE soybean, event MON 87701, expresses an insecticidal protein, Cry1Ac, to protect it from lepidopteran insect damage. Event MON 87701 is currently under APHIS regulation. Interstate movements and field trials of MON 87701 have been conducted under permits issued or notifications acknowledged by APHIS since 2002.
APHIS has prepared this draft EA to consider the potential environmental impacts of a determination of nonregulated status for event MON 87701. Preparation of the draft EA is consistent with the Council on Environmental Quality's regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.
The notice of availability of the risk assessment, draft EA and the petition is published in today's June 28 Federal Register.
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