IMMEDIATE: APHIS STAKEHOLDER REGISTRY Notice for the Cooperative Screwworm Eradication Program Draft Environmental Assessment

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) program has released the Cooperative Screwworm Eradication Program environmental assessment (EA) for public review. In response to the elevated threat of infestation of screwworms to livestock and humans in the United States, APHIS proposes to participate cooperatively with state agriculture departments in localized actions designed to exclude and eradicate screwworms in the United States. Each eradication action will be adapted in response to the individual circumstances associated with the detection of persons or animals with myiasis.

The EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for APHIS' involvement in screwworm eradication. The two alternatives considered for eradication of screwworms in the United States are (1) take no action or (2) implement a cooperative screwworm eradication program (APHIS’ preferred alternative).

APHIS is seeking public review and comment on the EA. Interested parties may obtain the EA at, Cooperative Screwworm Eradication Program Draft EA or by submitting a written request to USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services, Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, 2150 Centre Avenue Building B, Fort Collins, CO 80526. Requests for the EA may also be sent via email to

Consideration will be given to all comments received by September 25, 2017. Send two copies of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to:

Docket No. APHIS-2017-0068
PHIS Regulatory Analysis and DevelopmentPPD 4700
River Road, Unit 118, Station 3A-03.8
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

If you wish to submit a comment using the Internet, you may do so through the Federal eRulemaking portal at



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