Introduction of Genetically Engineered Organisms - Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement—July 2007

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2007-07-01
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Berenbaum, Mary
Goggi, A. Susana
Blanchette, Michael
Christensen, Paul
Cook, R. James
Cordts, John
Dunahay, Terri
Edelstein, Rebecca
Floyd, Samantha
Gepts, Paul
Goggi, Susana
Hage, Vickie
Handley, Levis
Huberty, Andrea
MacBryde, Bruce
Meier, Virgil
Misra, Manjit
Murtagh, Therese
Nesbitt, Clint
Preston, Catherine
Pueppke, Steven
Roberts, Andrew
Rose, Robyn
Schmeissner, Peter
Soileau, Carmen
Solomon, Rhey
Stephens, Stephanie
Turner, John
van der Meer, Piet
Wach, Michael
Watson, Michael
Westgate, Mark
Wolt, Jeffrey
Zakarka, Christine
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the environmental introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms, including crop and noncrop plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and micro-organisms. APHIS regulations are grounded in the most up-to-date science and are designed to provide a level of oversight appropriate for the safe introduction of GE organisms. APHIS is considering whether revisions to its regulations are necessary. One purpose of such revisions would be to address current and future technological trends resulting in GE plants with which the agency is less familiar, such as plants with environmental stress tolerance or enhanced nutrition, and plants engineered for new purposes such as biofuels or for production of pharmaceutical or industrial compounds. Additionally, the regulations would be revised to ensure a high level of environmental protection, to create regulatory processes that are transparent to stakeholders and the public, to consider the efficient use of agency resources, to ensure that the level of oversight is commensurate with the risk, and to ensure conformity with obligations under international treaties and agreements, such as World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. To this end, this draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) was prepared to provide agency decisionmakers with a full range of regulatory alternatives and assist them in selecting a preferred alternative.

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