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USDA SEEKS COMMENTS ON FIELD RELEASE FOR GENETICALLY ENGINEERED EUCALYPTUS HYBRID
 
June 2, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) is advising the public that it has prepared an environmental assessment for a proposed controlled field release of a genetically engineered clone of a Eucalyptus hybrid.  The purpose of this release is to continue research on the effectiveness of gene constructs which are intended to confer cold tolerance; to test the efficacy of a gene introduced to alter lignin biosynthesis; and to test the efficacy of a gene designed to alter fertility.  We are making the environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment.

            This notice is scheduled for publication in the June 3 Federal Register.

            Consideration will be given to comments received on or before July 6.  You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2008-0059 to submit or view comments and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
  • Postal Mail/Commercial delivery:  Please send two copies of your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0059, Regualtory 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-2008-0059.

 

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Note to Reporters:  Public notices and other APHIS information are available on the Internet.  Go to the APHIS news release page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov and click on the “Newsroom” button.  For additional information about this topic contact Jim Barrett at (301) 734-6405 or by e-mail at jim.barrett@aphis.usda.gov.

 

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