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USDA RELEASES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR A BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENT FOR JAPANESE BEETLE

September 28, 2009

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared an environmental assessment relative to the control of Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica).  The environmental assessment considers the effects of, and alternatives to, the release of a bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis japonensis, into the continental United States for the use of biological control to reduce the severity of infestations of Japanese beetle on turfgrass.  APHIS is making the environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment.
 
This action is published in today’s Sept. 28 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to all comments received on or Oct. 28.  You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

Docket No. APHIS-2009-0059, 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-2009-0059.

Comments are posted on the Regulations.gov Web site and may also be reviewed 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.  To facilitate entry into the comment reading room, please call (202) 690-2817.

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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 Jessica Milteer at (301) 734-3265 or by e-mail at jessica.d.milteer@aphis.usda.gov.

 

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