March 17, 2005
APHIS deregulated the Roundup Ready® sugar beets (RRSB) after completing an EA and determining that RRSB is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk.
On January 23, 2008
The Center for Food Safety, the Sierra Club and two organic seed groups filed a lawsuit challenging APHIS' decision to deregulate RRSB.
On September 21, 2009
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California found that APHIS did not fully consider the potential environmental impacts of deregulating RRSB.
March 16, 2010
The court denied the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction which sought to prohibit the further planting, cultivation, processing or other use of RRSB or RRSB seeds, including the flowering of any RRSB seed crop until an EIS has been completed.
August 9, 2010
APHIS received a request for partial deregulation of RRSB.
August 13, 2010
The court vacated APHIS' 2005 decision to grant nonregulated status to RRSB and remanded the matter back to APHIS. RRSB planted before the date of the decision may be harvested and processed, and sold as sugar. The RRSB seed crop that has already been planted may be harvested and stored.
Mid/Late August, 2010
APHIS received permit applications for the movement and planting of RRSB seed for steckling production.
November 4, 2010
APHIS published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared as part of its decisionmaking process to address a supplemental request for partial deregulation of RRSB. The draft EA will be available for public comment for a period of 30-days, ending December 6, 2010.
February 4, 2011
APHIS published its environmental assessment and announced its decision to partially deregulate RRSB with the requirement that growers enter into a compliance agreement that outlines mandatory requirements for how the crop can be grown.