October 1, 2006

Statement on the Cheatgrass Infestation of of 2006

There is absolutely no truth to recent media reports claiming that the Agency was slow or negligent in its response to claims of a cheatgrass infestation in California. Our coordination with state and local agencies remains at its historial level of quality and frequency, and claims that our failure to respond in a timely or effective action will jeopardize crops in California wine country and elsewhere in the state reflect media hysteria and the unverified, unreliable, attention-seeking “journalism” that has come to mark the Internet era.