Here’s your chance to weigh in on GM bugs


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March 09, 2018 03:22 PM

If you have something to say about the possible release of genetically
modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys or elsewhere, now’s the time to do

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday opened the month-long
public comment period on the possible release of GM mosquitoes by British
biotech company Oxitec, which submitted an application with the EPA in
December. The EPA now has until July to make a decision on whether it will
issue an experimental-use permit for a trial in the Keys.

Oxitec wants to release its male mosquitoes that are reared with a
self-limiting gene. So when the males, which don’t bite, are released into
the wild to mate with wild females, the gene is passed on and the offspring
never survive to adulthood, according to product development manager Dr.
Derric Nimmo.

Should the EPA approve the trial, the genetically modified male mosquitoes
would be reared in Marathon, Nimmo told the* Keynoter,* with a potential
release later in the year.

The public comments period is part of the EPA’s process when deciding
whether to give Oxitec an experimental-use permit.

Comments must be received on or before April 9 and can be submitted at Or you can mail your comments to OPP Docket,
Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200
Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460-0001.

Katie Atkins: 305-440-3219

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