USDA to Prepare Environmental Impact Statement for Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets – Seeks Public Comment on Scope of Issues
WASHINGTON, June 3, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets.
As a result of a lawsuit filed in January 2008, which challenged APHIS’ decision to deregulate the RR sugar beets and the related EA, a U.S. District Court ruled that APHIS is required to prepare an EIS.
APHIS has reviewed the original petition for deregulation, the EA, the finding of no significant impact published in 2005 and the court order to identify potential issues to address in the EIS. These issues are outlined in the notice for public review and comment published on May 28, 2010, in the Federal Register APHIS is requesting the public comment on these issues and reasonable alternatives that are currently considered for the EIS. All public comments will be considered in developing a final scope of study.
Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and also can be reviewed at USDA, Room 1411, 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. To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.
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