Programmatic EIS for Proposed Rule Revision

Programmatic EIS for Proposed Rule Revision

Comment Period on Programmatic EIS for
Proposed Biotechnology Rule Revision Open until April 21, 2016

On March 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the comment period on its notice of intent (NOI) to develop a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS), will remain open through April 21, 2016. This opportunity is being provided in response to stakeholder requests to provide additional time for comments.

APHIS will consider all public comments received on or before April 21, 2016. Notice of this comment period closing date was published in the Federal Register on March 7, 2016.

To view the notice and submit public comments through April 21, 2016, please go to our online public comment portal: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0054.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced in the Federal Register on February 5, 2016, its notice of intent (NOI) that it is developing a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS), required under the National Environmental Policy Act, that will evaluate a range of alternatives that the Agency can take as it works to update its biotechnology regulations. The notice also invites the public to comment on the range of alternatives that APHIS will study in the draft EIS, along with definitions that APHIS plans to use in the draft EIS.


More Information and Related Documents

Correction to Federal Register Notice Contact Information: USDA Seeks Public Input on the Scope of a Forthcoming Programmatic EIS That Will Inform a Proposed Rule to Revise its Biotechnology Regulations

Federal Register Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 

Stakeholder Announcement of Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 

New Stakeholder Engagement on APHIS' Biotechnology Regulations

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