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Environmental Impact Statement for Glyphosate-Resistant Creeping Bentgrass

Update – Scotts and Monsanto Glyphosate Herbicide Resistant Creeping Bentgrass – The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking public comments on a draft environmental impact statement (dEIS) and preliminary plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) as part of its “… review of a petition to deregulate creeping bentgrass genetically engineered (GE) for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate. The petition was submitted by The Scotts Company and Monsanto Company …”

Document Title: * The title of the September 29, 2016 USDA APHIS BRS News Release is “Environmental Impact Statement for Glyphosate-Resistant Creeping Bentgrass”
* The title of the August 3, 2016 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice is “The Scotts Co. and Monsanto Co.; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Glyphosate-Resistant Creeping Bentgrass”
* The title of the January 8, 2016 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice is “The Scotts Co. and Monsanto Co.; Availability of Petition for Determination of Nonregulated Status of Creeping Bentgrass Genetically Engineered for Resistance to Glyphosate”
* The title of the January 6, 2016 USDA APHIS BRS Stakeholder Announcement is “Scotts/Monsanto GE Creeping Bentgrass Petition”

Organization: * The September 29, 2016 News Release and January 6, 2016 Stakeholder Registry Bulletin was issued by the USDA APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS)
* The August 3, 2016 Federal Register Notice was signed on July 27, 2016 by Kevin Shea who is the Administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Insp ection Service
* The January 8, 2016 Federal Register Notice was signed on January 4, 2016 by Michael C. Gregoire who is the Acting Administrator of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Source: * September 29, 2016 USDA APHIS BRS News Release
* August 3, 2016 and January 8, 2016 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notices
* January 6, 2016 USDA APHIS BRS Stakeholder Announcement

Comments Due By: November 14, 2016

Web site: The September 29, 2016 USDA APHIS BRS News Release is posted at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/biotechnology/sa_environmental_documents/sa_environmental_impact_statements/cbg+eis

The September 2016 USDA APHIS BRS Draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) is posted at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/15_30001p_deis.pdf

The August 2015 USDA APHIS BRS Preliminary Plant Pest Risk Assessment (PPRA) is posted at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/15_30001p_pppra.pdf

The September 29, 2016 pre-publication Federal Register Notice of the Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) is posted at
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/fedregister/EPA_20160930.pdf

The August 3, 2016 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-08-03/html/2016-18421.htm

The January 8, 2016 USDA APHIS Federal Register Notice is posted at
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-01-08/html/2016-160.htm

The January 6, 2016 USDA APHIS BRS Stakeholder Announcement is posted at
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/12e98b6

The petition is posted at
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/brs/aphisdocs/15_30001p.pdf

The previous FIEN message related to this topic is posted at
http://www.fien.com/articleDisplay.php?id=37727

Contact: Questions may be directed to Dr. Sidney Abel who is the Assistant Deputy Administrator of the APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) unit in Riverdale, Maryland at 301 851 3896; e-mail: Sidney.W.Abel@APHIS.USDA.gov

* Copies of the petition may be obtained from Cindy Eck at 301 851 3882; e-mail: Cynthia.A.Eck@APHIS.USDA.gov

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