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J.R. Simplot Company; Availability of Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact, Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Similarity Assessment, and Preliminary Determination for an Extension of a Determination of Nonregulated Status for X17 and Y9 Potato Varieties

Update – JR Simplot Ranger Russet variety (X17) and Atlantic variety (Y9) Potatoes, genetically engineered for late blight resistance, low acrylamide potential, lowered reducing sugars, and reduced black spot – The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has “… extended deregulation to [these] two lines of [GE] potatoes …” and has released its final finding of no significant impact (FONSI) – This extension is “… based upon APHIS’ determination of nonregulated status of its antecedent organism: JR Simplot’s potato event, W8 Russet Burbank potatoes, [which] was deregulated on September 2, 2015 …”

Document Title: The title of the September 23, 2016 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice is “J.R. Simplot Company; Availability of Preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact, Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Similarity Assessment, and Preliminary Determination for an Extension of a Determination of Nonregulated Status for X17 and Y9 Potato Varieties”

Organization: The September 23, 2016 Federal Register Notice was signed on September 19, 2016 by Kevin Shea who is the Administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Source: September 23, 2016 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice

Effective Date: October 28, 2016

Web site: The October 28, 2016 USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services News Release is posted at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/biotechnology/sa_environmental_documents/sa_environmental_assessments/simplot_x17_y9_ext

The Final Determination of Nonregulated Status and Plant Pest Risk Similarity Assessment (PPRSA) is posted at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/16_06401p_det_pprsa.pdf

The Final Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is posted at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/16_06401p_fonsi.pdf

The September 23, 2016 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-09-23/html/2016-22928.htm

The September 22, 2016 USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services News Release, titled “Petition to Extend Determination of Nonregulated Status to Two GE Potato Lines”, is posted at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/biotechnology/sa_environmental_documents/sa_environmental_assessments/simplot_x17_y9_ext

The previous FIEN message related to this topic is posted at
http://www.fien.com/articleDisplay.php?id=38211

Contact: Questions may be directed to Dr. John Turner who is the Director of the Biotechnology Risk Analysis Programs of the USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services in Riverdale, Maryland at 301 851 3954; e-mail: John.T.Turner@APHIS.USDA.gov

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