The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) program released the Cooperative Screwworm Eradication Program environmental assessment (EA) for public review. In response to the elevated threat of infestation of screwworms to livestock and humans in the United States, APHIS proposes to participate cooperatively with state agriculture departments in localized actions designed to exclude and eradicate screwworms in the United States. Each eradication action will be adapted in response to the individual circumstances associated with the detection of persons or animals with myiasis.
The EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for APHIS' involvement in screwworm eradication. The two alternatives considered for eradication of screwworms in the United States are (1) take no action or (2) implement a cooperative screwworm eradication program (APHIS’ preferred alternative).
APHIS is seeking public review and comment on the EA by September 25, 2017. Interested parties may obtain the EA at, Cooperative Screwworm Eradication Program Draft EA or by submitting a written request to USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services, Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program, 2150 Centre Avenue Building B, Fort Collins, CO 80526. Requests for the EA may also be sent via email to VS.SPRS.CattleHealthCenter@aphis.usda.gov.
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