USDA Announces Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for GE Creeping Bentgrass

USDA Announces Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for GE Creeping Bentgrass

Dear BRS Stakeholder,
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is making available a draft environmental impact statement (dEIS) and preliminary plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) as part of its review of a petition to deregulate  creeping bentgrass genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate. The petition was submitted by The Scotts Company and Monsanto Company.

The dEIS and preliminary PPRA will be available for a 45-day public comment period upon publication in the Federal Register. APHIS will finalize the dEIS and preliminary PPRA after carefully considering public comments and before making a final regulatory determination and issuing a Record of Decision.

The dEIS and associated documents are available on the News and Information page of the BRS Website. Comments can be submitted from September 30, 2016, to November 14, 2016, at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2015-0096.

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