Rachel Iadicicco (301) 734-3255
USDA SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON DEREGULATIONOF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CORN
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeks public comment on a petition to deregulate corn line MON 89034, which is genetically engineered (GE) for insect resistance. Notice of this action was published in the Dec. 13 Federal Register.
If APHIS grants the petition for deregulation, the corn and its progeny no longer would be regulated articles. The product then could be freely moved and planted without the requirement of permits or other regulatory oversight by APHIS.
APHIS is seeking comments on the petition and invites comments on the environmental assessment. Consideration will be given to comments received on or before Feb. 11, 2008. Send an original and three copies of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0030, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Comments can be submitted via the Internet
on Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Select “Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service” from the agency drop-down menu; then click on “Submit.” In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2007-0030 to submit or view public comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and also can be viewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Please call (202) 690-2817 to facilitate entry into the comment reading room.
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