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Project Title:

Review of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Response to Petitions to Reclassify the Light-Brown Apple Moth as a Non-Actionable Pest
PIN: DELS-BANR-09-01        

Major Unit:

Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

RSO: Laney, Kara N.

Subject/Focus Area: Agriculture; Biology and Life Sciences; Environment and Environmental Studies

Project Scope
To evaluate the ability of policy and regulatory decisions to be supported by sound, scientific evidence and effectively communicated in a transparent fashion, an NRC committee will examine the scientific bases of two competing opinions about the classification of the Light-Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) as an actionable pest, based on petitions from various parties in California to reclassify the pest, and on federal documents that justify and defend the rationale for the current pest classification. The committee will focus on the comprehensiveness and credibility of the federal justification in light of arguments to the contrary. The committee will prepare a letter report evaluating whether the justification:

-- fully considers and addresses the specific arguments for reclassification raised in the petitions and their accompanying documentation; and

--clearly articulates a thorough and balanced analysis that justifies and adequately supports its conclusions in response to the petition.

This project is sponsored by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspective Service.

The approximate start date for the project is June 1, 2009.

A letter report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 3 months.

Project Duration: 3 months    

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 Meeting 1 - 07/09/2009
 Meeting 2 - 07/23/2009


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