Roundup Ready alfalfa's re-done environmental impact statement opens for public comment Dec. 18. The 60-day comment period runs through Feb. 16.
The draft EIS, prepared by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, evaluates potential environmental effects of deregulating the genetically engineered plant material. After nearly five years delay by federal court challenges, this EIS, too, concludes that there is no significant impact on the human environment due to granting nonregulated status to RR alfalfa.
To study the draft EIS, visit the APHIS Web site. A fact sheet with frequently asked questions about RR alfalfa and the draft EIS process is also available on the site.
To submit comments online, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal. To submit comments by mail, send two copies to Docket No. APHIS-2007-0044, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.
Public meetings scheduled
APHIS will conduct the following public meetings to take comments from the public:
- Week of Jan. 17: Las Vegas, Nev., in conjunction with the Western Alfalfa Seed Conference.
- Week of Feb. 2: Kearney, Neb., during the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo and in Lincoln, Neb., in conjunction with the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Annual Healthy Farms/Rural Advantage Conference.
- Week of Feb. 8: In the Washington D.C., area.
Exact meeting dates and locations will be published in the Federal Register and posted on the APHIS web site.