WSR 99-07-088

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed March 19, 1999, 11:27 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules relating to restricted use pesticides - ziram, WAC 16-219-010.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.58.040 and 17.21.030.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department has conducted a review of the above-mentioned rule under the provisions of the Governor's Executive Order 97-02 and has determined that the rules are necessary and should be retained. The rule requires personal protection equipment be worn for an additional fourteen days beyond what is required on the ziram label when entering an area treated with dry wettable formulations of ziram. The rule was developed to address adverse dermal effects to workers involved in the harvest of bosc pears that have been treated with ziram. This requirement has greatly reduced dermal effects from exposure during harvest. The rule should remain unchanged to continue protection of workers during bosc pear harvest.

Process for Developing New Rule: A rules review was conducted in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 97-02. Results of this review will be shared with representatives of the rule stakeholders for input.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication. The department is seeking input on its decision to retain the rule. You may comment by writing to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Administrative Regulations Unit, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, or fax at (360) 902-2092, or e-mail kbromley@agr.wa.gov. Comments should be made by May 7, 1999.

For a copy of the review report, contact Laurie Mauerman, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560.

March 18, 1999

Bob Arrington

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office