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USDA/APHIS RIN: 0579-AC31 Publication ID: Spring 2008 
Title: Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering 
Abstract: APHIS is considering changes to its regulations regarding the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of genetically engineered organisms. We are seeking public comment on the regulatory alternatives we have identified through scoping and on the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) we have prepared relative to those alternatives. This notice reflects the Agency's current thinking on policy and program design issues affecting our biotechnology programs. The DEIS evaluates the alternatives we have identified so far in terms of their potential effects on the human environment compared to our current regulatory program. 
Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 340   
Legal Authority: 7 USC 7701 to 7772    7 USC 7781 to 7786    31 USC 9701   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement  01/23/2004  69 FR 3271   
Comment Period End  03/23/2004    
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement  07/17/2007  72 FR 39021   
Comment Period End  09/11/2007    
NPRM  06/00/2008    
NPRM Comment Period End  08/00/2008    
Additional Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John Turner
Director, Policy Coordination Division, BRS
Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
4700 River Road, Unit 146,
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236
Phone:301 734-5720