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PUBLIC COMMENT AND SCIENTIFIC REVIEW A PRELIMINARY DRAFT RISK ASSESSMENT FOR Bt CORN, COTTON AND POTATO PLANT-PESTICIDES
Release Date: 09/20/2000
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2000
EPA today is releasing for public comment and scientific review a preliminary draft risk assessment for Bt corn, cotton and potato plant-pesticides. The release of this risk assessment is part of EPA’s effort to ensure that all registration decisions for biotechnology products are based on sound science and extensive public participation.
This comprehensive assessment of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn, cotton, and potato plant-pesticides evaluates the health, safety and environmental risks for these products, as well as their general benefits. On Oct. 18-20, EPA is conducting a peer review with the Scientific Advisory Panel on the scientific issues in connection with this assessment. After incorporating peer review and public comments, EPA will use this assessment to reach decisions regarding renewal of the expiring registrations for several Bt products and the development of any necessary mitigation measures. The materials are available electronically at: www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap/ or for copies contact the Office of Pesticide Programs public docket at 703-305-5805.