Environmental impact statement eyed for GE regulations

commentsUSDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on Friday issued a Federal Register notice that it is developing a draft programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS), required under the National Environmental Policy Act, to evaluate a range of alternatives the Agency can take as it works to upgrade its biotechnology regulations. It also invited the public to comment on the alternatives to be studied, along with definitions that APHIS plans to use. The proposed revisions would align the range of risks that may be considered to ensure a high level of plant health production, improve regulatory processed to be more transparent, and provide regulatory relief to avoid unnecessary regulatory burden. The deadline to submit comments is March 7.

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