Avian flu has burned through 60 million domestic birds in at least 47 states, egg prices have hit the stratosphere, and more troubling, the virus is mutating to infect mammals including three Montana grizzly bears.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has responded to these dark events by ordering an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The USDA unit charged with controlling the virus says it “intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to examine the potential environmental effects of the Agency’s response activities to highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks in commercial and backyard poultry operations in the United

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