Public Comment Sought on Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Suppression
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) seeks public comment on a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) that analyzes the impact of efforts to suppress populations of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets from 17 western states. APHIS last published an EIS for the grasshopper and Mormon cricket suppression program in 2002. APHIS announced that because there have been scientific and technological advances since then, the agency is seeking comments on a new EIS that addresses environmental effects of suppression alternatives. The current draft EIS updates the science and adds a chemical treatment option. APHIS will consider all comments received on or before March 18, 2019. Comments can be submitted online or by mail.