The USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking review and comment from the public on the possibility of deregulating corn and soybean seed that’s resistant to 2,4-D, among other herbicides. APHIS has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as a part of its review to determine the deregulation. It will be available for public review and comment for 45 days from the date of publication in the federal register.
APHIS has four alternatives to consider: keep all of the genetically engineered corn and soybean plants under regulation, deregulate the corn plant only, deregulate the soybean plants only or deregulate both the corn and soybeans.
As APHIS seeks comment, the EPA is concurrently conducting risk assessments on the proposed new used of 2,4-D herbicide. Their analysis will include thorough review of any potential human health and environmental risks associated with the application of 2,4-D to the genetically engineered corn and soybean plants.
The notice of the DEIS availability for public review is expected on Jan. 10, 2014. In the meantime, you can review a copy of the DEIS that was provided to the EPA.
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