WASHINGTON - During the first half of 1994, the Environmental Protection Agency hopes to publish long-awaited regulations covering genetically engineered microorganisms, including experimental use of microbial pesticides and transgenic plants that produce pesticidal substances.
The government has been developing the regulations since the mid-1980s, but disputes within the executive branch about the degree of regulation that should be imposed on biotechnology have caused repeated delays in publishing the proposals.
EPA's failure to provide a clear regulatory framework has "eroded the confidence of the investment community of the various industries we regulate," said Lynn Goldman, assistant administrator at the agency. "We can't afford to do that anymore."
The White House Office