WSR 99-07-111

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed March 24, 1999, 8:36 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules relating to ethyl parathion, WAC 16-219-100 and 16-219-105.

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 rules 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 was the result of a number of meetings with beekeepers, growers and applicators concerned about bee kills stemming from ethyl parathion applications to canola. The rule has effectively addressed a very serious issue and repeal of the rule could result in increased bee kills in the future.

Process for Developing New Rule: A rules review was conducted in accordance with Governor's Executive Order 97-02. Results of this review will be shared with representatives of the rules 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 rules. 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, (360) 902-2012.

March 23, 1999

Bob Arrington

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office