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Scientists Call for EPA to Delay Rulemaking Process

October 23, 2008
In a letter submitted yesterday to Stephen Johnson, the Administrator of the EPA seven leading scientists called for a delay in the planned October 31st rulemaking citing several concerns, among them,

"Of particular concern is that the EPA appears to be relying heavily on the February 2008 paper concerning potential land use change impacts authored by Searchinger et al. (Science, 319, 1238-40, 2008).  We belive this would be a grave error."

In addition to the delay, the scientists called for the EPA to, "utilize new general models for agricultural land economics and trade that will give a more realistic assessment of potential adverse effects of indirect land use change."

Read the entire letter.