The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking public comment on two documents related to the potential deregulation of a soybean variety genetically engineered (GE) for increased yield and resistance to the herbicide glufosinate. The documents are a draft Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) that examines any plant pest risks and a draft Environmental Assessment (dEA) that analyzes the potential issues and environmental impacts.
The public will be able to submit comments on the dEA and preliminary PPRA for 30 days through April 12, 2019, at: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=APHIS-2017-0075.APHIS will thoroughly review and consider all public input submitted during the comment period, and use the information as we work to complete, and then publish, final environmental documents and our regulatory determination.
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