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Aventis seeks deregulation of glufosinate-resistant cotton

(Monday, Dec. 16, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced in the Federal Register that Aventis CropScience wants its Liberty Link cotton, which resists the glufosinate herbicide, deregulated. APHIS will accept public comments on the petition until Feb. 14, 2003.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by postal mail/commercial delivery or by e-mail. If you use postal mail/commercial delivery, please send four copies of your comments (an original and three copies) to Docket No. 02-092-l, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Suite 3C71, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Please state that your comments refer to Docket No. 02-092-1. If you use e-mail, address your comment to regulations@aphis.usda.gov. Your comment must be contained in the body of your message; do not send attached files.  Please include your name and address in your message and ``Docket No. 02-092-1'' on the subject line.

You may read the petition, the environmental assessment, and any comments we receive on this notice of availability in our reading room.  The reading room is located in room 1141, 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 that someone is available to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

APHIS documents published in the Federal Register, and related information, including the names of organizations and individuals who have commented on APHIS dockets, are available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.gov/ppd/rad/webrepor.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Susan Koehler, Biotechnology Regulatory Services, APHIS, Suite 5B05, 4700 River Road Unit 147, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-4886. To obtain a copy of the petition or the environmental assessment, contact Ms. Kay Peterson at (301) 734-4885; e-mail: Kay.Peterson@aphis.usda.gov.