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From: Sustainable Agriculture Network Discussion Group [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jennifer chesworth
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 4:11 PM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeks public comment
on a petition to deregulate corn line MON 89034, which is genetically
engineered (GE) for insect resistance. Notice of this action was
published in the Dec. 13 Federal Register.

The petition for deregulation, submitted by the Monsanto Company is in
accordance with APHIS' regulations concerning the introduction of GE
organisms and products. APHIS has prepared a draft environmental
assessment (EA) to determine whether deregulating the corn could have a
significant impact on the environment. After a thorough review of the
scientific evidence, APHIS' current preferred action is to deregulate
the corn based on the fact that it does not present a plant-pest risk.

If APHIS grants the petition for deregulation, the corn and its progeny
no longer would be regulated articles. The product then could be freely
moved and planted without the requirement of permits or other regulatory
oversight by APHIS.

Corn line MON 89034 is engineered for resistance to European corn borer
and other related pests, which can cause yield reductions through damage
to corn plants. MON 89034 also is subject to regulation by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Monsanto has
submitted documents to FDA in accordance with its regulations. Under
EPA regulations, MON 89034 falls under a temporary exemption based on
comprehensive assessments of the genetic material involved.

APHIS oversees the development and introduction (importation, interstate
movement and environmental release) of GE organisms. APHIS regulates GE
products in cooperation with FDA and EPA. Products are regulated
according to their intended use, with some products regulated under more
than one agency. APHIS has been safely regulating GE organisms since
1986 and has overseen the deregulation of more than 70 GE crop lines.

APHIS is seeking comments on the petition and invites comments on the
environmental assessment. Consideration will be given to comments
received on or before Feb. 11, 2008. Send an original and three copies
of postal mail or commercial delivery comments to Docket No.
APHIS-2007-0030, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS,
Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.
Comments can be submitted via the Internet on Federal eRulemaking portal
at Select "Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service" from the agency drop-down menu; then click on
"Submit." In the Docket ID column, select APHIS-2007-0030 to submit or
view public comments and to view supporting and related materials
available electronically.

Comments are posted on the Web site and also can be
viewed at USDA, Room 1141, South Building, 14th St. and Independence
Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday, excluding holidays. Please call (202) 690-2817 to
facilitate entry into the comment reading room. __._,_.___  

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