USDA Lawsuit to Stop the Planting of GE Trees
In 2010, a lawsuit was filed by the Center for Food Safety, Center for Biological Diversity, Global Justice Ecology Project, Dogwood Alliance and Sierra Club to stop the planting of 260,000 genetically engineered eucalyptus trees across seven southern US states (from South Carolina to Texas).
The record of the lawsuit to stop GE trees and all of the associated materials, including concerns raised by the US Forest Service and other public agencies, are archived below:
The USDA’s final Environmental Assessment (EA) from April 2010:
The USDA’s Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the request by GE tree company ArborGen to plant the GE eucalyptus trees:
The counties where the field trials are located (from pp. 8-16 of the EA) Click on map above for locations.
The Initial Complaint filed in US Court on July 1, 2010:
The Amended Complaint filed in US Court on August 10, 2010:
The 60 Day Notice of Intent to Sue:
The October 2011 US District Court Decision on the Lawsuit:
Rubicon Shareholders Report: For a copy of Rubicon’s 2009 annual report to shareholders, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The reference to ArborGen producing half a billion GE eucalyptus annually for biofuel production in the US South can be found on page 8.
Comments submitted by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division expressing concerns about the GE eucalyptus planting:
Comments submitted by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council expressing concerns about the GE eucalyptus planting:
Comments submitted by the U.S. Forest Service expressing concerns about the impacts on water from the GE eucalyptus planting can be found in the Environmental Assessment, Appendix III