J.R. Simplot Co.; Determination of Nonregulated Status of Potato Genetically Engineered for Late Blight Resistance, Low Acrylamide Potential, Reduced Black Spot Bruising, and Lowered Reducing Sugars, 53101-53102 [2015-21747]

Download as PDF 53101 Notices Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 170 Wednesday, September 2, 2015 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2014–0076] J.R. Simplot Co.; Determination of Nonregulated Status of Potato Genetically Engineered for Late Blight Resistance, Low Acrylamide Potential, Reduced Black Spot Bruising, and Lowered Reducing Sugars Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: We are advising the public of our determination that InnateTM Potato designated as Russet Burbank event W8, which has been genetically engineered for late blight resistance, low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars, is no longer considered a regulated article under our regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms. Our determination is based on our evaluation of data submitted by J.R. Simplot Company, in its petition for a determination of nonregulated status, our analysis of available scientific data, and comments received from the public in response to our previous notices announcing the availability of the petition for nonregulated status and its associated environmental assessment and plant pest risk assessment. This notice also announces the availability of our written determination and finding of no significant impact. DATES: Effective September 2, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may read the documents referenced in this notice and the comments we received at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0076 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:04 Sep 01, 2015 Jkt 235001 SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. Supporting documents are also available on the APHIS Web site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ biotechnology/petitions_table_ pending.shtml under APHIS Petition Number 14–093–01p. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Turner, Director, Environmental Risk Analysis Programs, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737– 1236; (301) 851–3954, email: john.t.turner@aphis.usda.gov. To obtain copies of the supporting documents for this petition, contact Ms. Cindy Eck at (301) 851–3892, email: cynthia.a.eck@ aphis.usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 7 CFR part 340, ‘‘Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through Genetic Engineering Which Are Plant Pests or Which There Is Reason to Believe Are Plant Pests,’’ regulate, among other things, the introduction (importation, interstate movement, or release into the environment) of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering that are plant pests or that there is reason to believe are plant pests. Such genetically engineered (GE) organisms and products are considered ‘‘regulated articles.’’ The regulations in § 340.6(a) provide that any person may submit a petition to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeking a determination that an article should not be regulated under 7 CFR part 340. APHIS received a petition (APHIS Petition Number 14–093–01p) from J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) of Boise, ID, seeking a determination of nonregulated status of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) designated as InnateTM W8, which have been genetically engineered for late blight resistance, to express low acrylamide potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars. Acrylamide is a human neurotoxicant and potential carcinogen that may form in potatoes and other starchy foods under certain cooking conditions. The petition states that these potatoes are PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 unlikely to pose a plant pest risk and, therefore, should not be a regulated article under APHIS’ regulations in 7 CFR part 340. According to our process 1 for soliciting public comment when considering petitions for determinations of nonregulated status of GE organisms, APHIS accepts written comments regarding a petition once APHIS deems it complete. In a notice 2 published in the Federal Register on November 10, 2014 (79 FR 66689–66690, Docket No. APHIS–2014–0076), APHIS announced the availability of the Simplot petition for public comment. APHIS solicited comments on the petition for 60 days ending on January 9, 2015, in order to help identify potential environmental and interrelated economic issues and impacts that APHIS may determine should be considered in our evaluation of the petition. APHIS received 130 comments on the petition; one of these comments included electronic attachments consisting of a consolidated document of many identical or nearly identical letters, for a total of 22,673 comments. Issues raised during the comment period include contamination of conventional potato production, the potential for disruption of trade due to the presence of unwanted genetically engineered commodities in exports, the need for more research prior to approval of the petition, the potential for negative impacts to plant fitness and the environment, and human health concerns. APHIS decided, based on its review of the petition and its evaluation and analysis of the comments received during the 60-day public comment period on the petition, that the petition involves a GE organism that raises substantive new issues. According to our public review process for such petitions (see footnote 1), APHIS first solicits written comments from the public on a draft environmental assessment (EA) and a preliminary plant 1 On March 6, 2012, APHIS published in the Federal Register (77 FR 13258–13260, Docket No. APHIS–2011–0129) a notice describing our public review process for soliciting public comments and information when considering petitions for determinations of nonregulated status for GE organisms. To view the notice, go to http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS2011-0129. 2 To view the notice, the petition, the comments we received, and other supporting documents, go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0076. E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1 53102 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 170 / Wednesday, September 2, 2015 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES pest risk assessment (PPRA) for a 30-day comment period through the publication of a Federal Register notice. Then, after reviewing and evaluating the comments on the draft EA and the preliminary PPRA and other information, APHIS revises the PPRA as necessary and prepares a final EA and, based on the final EA, a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision document (either a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) or a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement). If a FONSI is reached, APHIS furnishes a response to the petitioner, either approving or denying the petition. APHIS also publishes a notice in the Federal Register announcing the regulatory status of the GE organism and the availability of APHIS’ final EA, PPRA, FONSI, and our regulatory determination. APHIS sought public comment on a draft EA, a preliminary PPRA, and whether the subject potatoes are likely to pose a plant pest risk from May 5, 2015, to June 4, 2015.3 APHIS received 24 comments on the petition. Nineteen comments supported the determination of nonregulated status, and five comments did not support the determination of nonregulated status. The majority of the comments opposing the determination expressed general opposition to APHIS making a determination of nonregulated status of GE organisms. Issues raised during the comment period included concerns regarding the potential for disruption of trade and potential human health and environmental impacts. APHIS has addressed the issues raised during the comment period and has provided responses to comments as an attachment to the FONSI. National Environmental Policy Act After reviewing and evaluating the comments received during the comment period on the draft EA and preliminary PPRA and other information, APHIS has prepared a final EA. The EA has been prepared to provide the public with documentation of APHIS’ review and analysis of any potential environmental impacts associated with the determination of nonregulated status of Simplot’s InnateTM W8 potato. The EA was prepared in accordance with: (1) NEPA, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b), and (4) APHIS’ NEPA 3 80 FR 25660–25661. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:04 Sep 01, 2015 Jkt 235001 Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372). Based on our EA, the response to public comments, and other pertinent scientific data, APHIS has reached a FONSI with regard to the preferred alternative identified in the EA (to make a determination of nonregulated status of InnateTM W8 potatoes). Determination Based on APHIS’ analysis of field and laboratory data submitted by Simplot, references provided in the petition, peer-reviewed publications, information analyzed in the EA, the PPRA, comments provided by the public, and information provided in APHIS’ response to those public comments, APHIS has determined that Simplot’s InnateTM Potato designated as Russet Burbank event W8 is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk and therefore is no longer subject to our regulations governing the introduction of certain GE organisms. Copies of the signed determination document, PPRA, final EA, FONSI, and response to comments, as well as the previously published petition and supporting documents, are available as indicated in the ADDRESSES and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT sections of this notice. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701–7772 and 7781– 7786; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3. Done in Washington, DC, this 28th day of August 2015. 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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2014-0076]


J.R. Simplot Co.; Determination of Nonregulated Status of Potato 
Genetically Engineered for Late Blight Resistance, Low Acrylamide 
Potential, Reduced Black Spot Bruising, and Lowered Reducing Sugars

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public of our determination that 
Innate\TM\ Potato designated as Russet Burbank event W8, which has been 
genetically engineered for late blight resistance, low acrylamide 
potential, reduced black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars, is 
no longer considered a regulated article under our regulations 
governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms. 
Our determination is based on our evaluation of data submitted by J.R. 
Simplot Company, in its petition for a determination of nonregulated 
status, our analysis of available scientific data, and comments 
received from the public in response to our previous notices announcing 
the availability of the petition for nonregulated status and its 
associated environmental assessment and plant pest risk assessment. 
This notice also announces the availability of our written 
determination and finding of no significant impact.

DATES: Effective September 2, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may read the documents referenced in this notice and the 
comments we received at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0076 or in our reading room, which is 
located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure 
someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.
    Supporting documents are also available on the APHIS Web site at 
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/biotechnology/petitions_table_pending.shtml 
under APHIS Petition Number 14-093-01p.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. John Turner, Director, 
Environmental Risk Analysis Programs, Biotechnology Regulatory 
Services, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; 
(301) 851-3954, email: john.t.turner@aphis.usda.gov. To obtain copies 
of the supporting documents for this petition, contact Ms. Cindy Eck at 
(301) 851-3892, email: cynthia.a.eck@aphis.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations in 7 CFR part 340, 
``Introduction of Organisms and Products Altered or Produced Through 
Genetic Engineering Which Are Plant Pests or Which There Is Reason to 
Believe Are Plant Pests,'' regulate, among other things, the 
introduction (importation, interstate movement, or release into the 
environment) of organisms and products altered or produced through 
genetic engineering that are plant pests or that there is reason to 
believe are plant pests. Such genetically engineered (GE) organisms and 
products are considered ``regulated articles.''
    The regulations in Sec.  340.6(a) provide that any person may 
submit a petition to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
(APHIS) seeking a determination that an article should not be regulated 
under 7 CFR part 340. APHIS received a petition (APHIS Petition Number 
14-093-01p) from J.R. Simplot Company (Simplot) of Boise, ID, seeking a 
determination of nonregulated status of potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) 
designated as Innate\TM\ W8, which have been genetically engineered for 
late blight resistance, to express low acrylamide potential, reduced 
black spot bruising, and lowered reducing sugars. Acrylamide is a human 
neurotoxicant and potential carcinogen that may form in potatoes and 
other starchy foods under certain cooking conditions. The petition 
states that these potatoes are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk and, 
therefore, should not be a regulated article under APHIS' regulations 
in 7 CFR part 340.
    According to our process \1\ for soliciting public comment when 
considering petitions for determinations of nonregulated status of GE 
organisms, APHIS accepts written comments regarding a petition once 
APHIS deems it complete. In a notice \2\ published in the Federal 
Register on November 10, 2014 (79 FR 66689-66690, Docket No. APHIS-
2014-0076), APHIS announced the availability of the Simplot petition 
for public comment. APHIS solicited comments on the petition for 60 
days ending on January 9, 2015, in order to help identify potential 
environmental and interrelated economic issues and impacts that APHIS 
may determine should be considered in our evaluation of the petition.
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    \1\ On March 6, 2012, APHIS published in the Federal Register 
(77 FR 13258-13260, Docket No. APHIS-2011-0129) a notice describing 
our public review process for soliciting public comments and 
information when considering petitions for determinations of 
nonregulated status for GE organisms. To view the notice, go to 
http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0129.
    \2\ To view the notice, the petition, the comments we received, 
and other supporting documents, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0076.
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    APHIS received 130 comments on the petition; one of these comments 
included electronic attachments consisting of a consolidated document 
of many identical or nearly identical letters, for a total of 22,673 
comments. Issues raised during the comment period include contamination 
of conventional potato production, the potential for disruption of 
trade due to the presence of unwanted genetically engineered 
commodities in exports, the need for more research prior to approval of 
the petition, the potential for negative impacts to plant fitness and 
the environment, and human health concerns. APHIS decided, based on its 
review of the petition and its evaluation and analysis of the comments 
received during the 60-day public comment period on the petition, that 
the petition involves a GE organism that raises substantive new issues. 
According to our public review process for such petitions (see footnote 
1), APHIS first solicits written comments from the public on a draft 
environmental assessment (EA) and a preliminary plant

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pest risk assessment (PPRA) for a 30-day comment period through the 
publication of a Federal Register notice. Then, after reviewing and 
evaluating the comments on the draft EA and the preliminary PPRA and 
other information, APHIS revises the PPRA as necessary and prepares a 
final EA and, based on the final EA, a National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA) decision document (either a finding of no significant impact 
(FONSI) or a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact 
statement). If a FONSI is reached, APHIS furnishes a response to the 
petitioner, either approving or denying the petition. APHIS also 
publishes a notice in the Federal Register announcing the regulatory 
status of the GE organism and the availability of APHIS' final EA, 
PPRA, FONSI, and our regulatory determination.
    APHIS sought public comment on a draft EA, a preliminary PPRA, and 
whether the subject potatoes are likely to pose a plant pest risk from 
May 5, 2015, to June 4, 2015.\3\ APHIS received 24 comments on the 
petition. Nineteen comments supported the determination of nonregulated 
status, and five comments did not support the determination of 
nonregulated status. The majority of the comments opposing the 
determination expressed general opposition to APHIS making a 
determination of nonregulated status of GE organisms. Issues raised 
during the comment period included concerns regarding the potential for 
disruption of trade and potential human health and environmental 
impacts. APHIS has addressed the issues raised during the comment 
period and has provided responses to comments as an attachment to the 
FONSI.
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    \3\ 80 FR 25660-25661.
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National Environmental Policy Act

    After reviewing and evaluating the comments received during the 
comment period on the draft EA and preliminary PPRA and other 
information, APHIS has prepared a final EA. The EA has been prepared to 
provide the public with documentation of APHIS' review and analysis of 
any potential environmental impacts associated with the determination 
of nonregulated status of Simplot's InnateTM W8 potato. The 
EA was prepared in accordance with: (1) NEPA, as amended (42 U.S.C. 
4321 et seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality 
for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-
1508), (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b), and (4) 
APHIS' NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372). Based on our EA, 
the response to public comments, and other pertinent scientific data, 
APHIS has reached a FONSI with regard to the preferred alternative 
identified in the EA (to make a determination of nonregulated status of 
InnateTM W8 potatoes).

Determination

    Based on APHIS' analysis of field and laboratory data submitted by 
Simplot, references provided in the petition, peer-reviewed 
publications, information analyzed in the EA, the PPRA, comments 
provided by the public, and information provided in APHIS' response to 
those public comments, APHIS has determined that Simplot's Innate\TM\ 
Potato designated as Russet Burbank event W8 is unlikely to pose a 
plant pest risk and therefore is no longer subject to our regulations 
governing the introduction of certain GE organisms.
    Copies of the signed determination document, PPRA, final EA, FONSI, 
and response to comments, as well as the previously published petition 
and supporting documents, are available as indicated in the ADDRESSES 
and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT sections of this notice.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701-7772 and 7781-7786; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 7 
CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 28th day of August 2015.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-21747 Filed 9-1-15; 8:45 am]
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