USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is publishing a final environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact for the agency’s highly pathogenic avian influenza response and control plans. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires agencies to study the potential impact of their significant program actions and decisions on the human environment.
APHIS will use centralized management of carcass disposal activities to ensure consistency in responses to HPAI outbreaks throughout the United States. APHIS will implement the approach outlined in the EA should HPAI viruses reappear, and those actions will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment.
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