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USDA Announces Recent Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act Enforcement Actions

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Contact:
R. Andre Bell (301) 734-3853
Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410

USDA Reopens Comment Period for Draft Environmental Assessment for Drought Tolerant Corn

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has reopened the comment period for a petition received from the Monsanto Company seeking a determination of nonregulated status for corn designated as MON 87460, which has been genetically engineered for drought tolerance. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments on the Monsanto petition and APHIS’ plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed determination of nonregulated status.
 
The comment period on Docket No. APHIS-2011-0023 is being reopened for an additional 30 days, ending Aug. 12.  APHIS will also consider all comments received between July 12 (the day after the close of the original comment period) and the date of this notice.
 
The draft EA provides APHIS decisionmakers with a review and analysis of any potential environment impacts associated with the proposed determination of nonregulated status for MON 87460 corn.

Notice of this action is published in today’s July 27 Federal Register.

You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to

www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0023-0001.

  • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:  Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0023, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0023 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.    To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.

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