Crop Biotech Update

USDA Reopens Comment Period for Draft EA for Drought Tolerant Corn

July 29, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) has reopened the comment period for a petition submitted by Monsanto Company asking for a determination of nonregulated status for a drought tolerant corn (MON87460). The comment period will allow interested individuals more time to prepare and submit comments on the petition and APHIS' plant pest risk assessment and draft environmental assessment (EA).

The comment period has been reopened for additional 30 days, ending on August 12. Thus, comments received between July 12 to July 27 (release date of notice on reopening of comment period) will be considered.

Read the official notice at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/07/draft_enviro_assessment.shtml.