The U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue to regulate the light brown apple moth as a quarantine pest.


The decision was made after two petitioners requested that the moth be reclassified as a nonactionable pest, according to a draft proposal the agency released.


The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection service based its draft decision on an evaluation by the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council.


The pest was first detected in California in 2007. It has since become so widespread that the state has determined that eradication is not feasiable. Instead, the state and APHIS will implement a control and supression strategy.


APHIS is accepting comments on its draft decision through May 14.


To read the complete response, visit APHIS.


To read instruction on how to submit comments, visit the Federal Register.