The USDA has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and is seeking public comment on whether it should deregulate GE forms of corn and soybean that are resistant to several herbicides, including 2,4-D.
USDA’s APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) initiated the regulatory review in response to a petition from Dow AgroSciences. The review looks at whether the genetically engineers (GE) plants – 1 corn and 2 soybean plants – pose a “plant pest risk” to agricultural crops or other plants or plant products. If it finds no risk, then it will deregulate these GE plants.
Based on APHIS’s PPA regulatory authority and its preliminary finding that the GE corn and soybean plants do not pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States, the option to deregulate all three GE plants is APHIS’s preferred alternative. However, before making its final regulatory decision, APHIS, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), must also evaluate the potential impacts to the environment that may result from its regulatory decision.
Public comment is welcomed – you can read the full DEIS and submit your comment at regulations.gov