With final comment period over, what's next?

The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the USDA’s final comment period on Arctic® apples came last month, so what’s next? In a word, deregulation! Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, it will still take the USDA at least a couple months to finalize their EA (Environmental Assessment) and prepare a FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) for Arctic apples.  As the USDA prepares their final paper work, they will be reviewing around 5,000 submissions received between Nov. 8th and Jan. 30th regarding their EA and PPRA (Plant Pest Risk Assessment) of Arctic apples. Though predictable, many submitted remarks fell under a
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Arctic® apples approach 2nd U.S. comment period

Arctic® apples are continuing their steady progress towards deregulation and commercialization, with the second U.S. public comment period expected to open this spring. This past year, we saw public comment periods in both Canada (May-July) and the U.S. (July-Sept.) successfully conclude, receiving over 5,000 comments in total. It was certainly an eventful 2012, but we expect 2013 to be even more “fruitful”, and here’s why: While the first 60-day U.S. public comment shared our 163 page petition requesting deregulation, two new documents will be made publically available for the second comment period. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), a branch of the
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