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USDA Announces Availability of Environmental Assessment for Biological Control Agent for Asian Citrus Psyllid

May 20, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of the availability of an environmental assessment relative to the control of Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri Kuwayama).  The environmental assessment considers the effects of, and alternatives to, the release of an insect, Tamarixia radiata, into the continental United States for use as a biological control agent to reduce the severity of Asian citrus psyllid infestations.  APHIS is making the environmental assessment available to the public for review and comment.

This action is published in today’s May 20 Federal Register.

Consideration will be given to comments received on or before June 21.  You may submit comment by either of the following methods.

Comments are posted on the Reglations.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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