Skip to main content
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA FAQ's and resources about coronavirus (COVID-19).  LEARN MORE

Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment for the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program in Charleston, Dorchester, and Colleton Counties in South Carolina

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the availability of a draft environmental assessment for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) eradication program in Charleston, Dorchester, and Colleton counties in South Carolina. The document addresses the environmental impacts of conducting eradication activities in these areas and potential alternatives.

ALB is infesting trees in Charleston County. Although the beetle is not known to be in Dorchester and Colleton counties, APHIS included the two additional counties in the draft environmental assessment because some of the infested trees are close to these county borders.

APHIS is seeking public comment on the document for 30 days. APHIS will thoroughly review and consider all public input submitted during the comment period and use the information as we work to complete a final environmental assessment.

APHIS invites the public to review and comment on the draft environmental assessment until September 18, 2020.

The draft environmental assessment can be accessed now on the Environmental Assessment page of the APHIS website, available at:

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit

Complementary Content