WSR 98-10-027



[April 21, 1998]

WHEREAS, there is an imminent danger of an infestation of the plant pest Asian gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L.) which seriously endangers the agricultural and horticultural industries of the state of Washington, and seriously threatens the economic well-being and quality of life of state residents, and;

WHEREAS, the use of the pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (B.t.k.), a naturally occurring bacteria, by ground based and aerial application is the most effective and preferred treatment alternative for eradicating this pest, and;

WHEREAS, the northeastern portion of the Port of Tacoma and adjoining area (as identified in the 1998 Environmental Assessment of the Cooperative Gypsy Moth Eradication Project) is in imminent danger of infestation, and emergency measures are necessary to prevent establishment of the pest,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Locke, Governor of the state of Washington, by virtue of the authority vested in me under RCW 43.06.010(13) as a result of the imminent danger of infestation noted herein, and in accordance with RCW 17.24.171, do hereby declare a State of Emergency and authorize the use of emergency measures including ground and aerial application of B.t.k. to the aforementioned areas.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereto set my hand and caused the seal of the State of Washington to be affixed at Olympia this 21st day of April, A.D., nineteen hundred and ninety-eight.
Gary Locke

Governor of Washington


Ralph Munro

Secretary of State

Legislature Code Reviser


Washington State Code Reviser's Office