USDA Announces Preliminary Extension of Deregulation to GE Canola

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Dear BRS Stakeholder,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has preliminarily determined it will extend deregulation to Bayer CropScience’s canola genetically engineered (GE) for male sterility and herbicide resistance.

APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated these GE traits in other varieties of GE canola. We have prepared a plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA), draft environmental assessment (EA), preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI), and a preliminary determination of nonregulated status. These documents will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period upon publication of their availability in the Federal Register on April 12, 2017.

APHIS will consider all public comments received on or before May 12, 2017.

A copy of the extension request, supporting documents, and a link to provide public comments can be found on the News and Information page of the BRS website.