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USDA Releases Final Risk Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Permit for GE Diamondback Moth
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: July 14, 2017 06:26AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the availability of a final
environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact (FONSI)
and will concurrently issue a permit for the field release of ge
netically engineered (GE) diamondback moths.

The moths are genetically engineered for repressible female lethality and to
express red fluorescence as a marker. The field release will assess the
feasibility and efficacy of these moths in reducing populations of
diamondback moth, a known plant pest and serious threat to agriculture.
Based on its FONSI, APHIS has determined that an environmental impact
statement need not be prepared.


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