Jim Barrett (301) 734-6405
USDA REOPENS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON DEREGULATION OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CORN
WASHINGTON, June 8, 2009--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking additional public comment on a petition to deregulate corn genetically engineered (GE) to produce a microbial enzyme that facilitates ethanol production. APHIS has regulated the corn through its notification and permitting process since 2002.
The petition for deregulation, submitted by Syngenta Seeds, Inc., is in accordance with APHIS’ regulations concerning the introduction of GE organisms and products and is available for the public’s review and comment. As part of the decisionmaking process, APHIS also has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) and plant pest risk assessment for review and comment.
APHIS has safely regulated GE organisms since 1986 and has overseen the deregulation of more than 70 products.
This notice was published in the June 4 Federal Register. APHIS is seeking comment on the petition, the EA and the revised plant pest risk assessment.
Consideration will be given to comments received on or before July 6. Send two copies of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0016, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0016. If you wish to submit a comment using the Internet go to the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2007-0016.
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