You probably noticed that today’s Federal Register contained an APHIS notice extending the NAIS/”traceability” rule comment period by 30 days, until Dec. 9, 2011.
Apparently this is APHIS’s ineffectual attempt to “fix” the problems caused by their original publication of a bad link for comment submissions. I included in a story in The Milkweed last month your investigations about the bad link and your publicizing of a good link. Now that APHIS has “corrected” their original link, the link you had given for submissions now just goes to a general page listing some open comment periods (but not the one for this rule).
The various NAIS opposition groups are loudly claiming “victory” due to the comment-period extension, but that totally misses the point. The real point is the one you made from the start — APHIS’s messing around with the comment links completely impedes the public’s ability to have the legally required input on the rule. ….