WSR 06-07-167

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed March 22, 2006, 10:59 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 06-04-100.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The Washington state department of agriculture's (WSDA) fruit and vegetable inspection program is proposing to amend chapter 16-436 WAC, Peach standards.

Hearing Location(s): WSDA Yakima Office, Second Floor Conference Room, 21 North First Avenue, Yakima, WA, on April 27, 2006, at 1:30 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: May 11, 2006.

Submit Written Comments to: Debbie Hacker, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, e-mail dhacker@agr.wa.gov, fax (360) 902-2085, by 5:00 p.m. on April 27, 2006.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact the WSDA receptionist by April 21, 2006, at TTY (360) 902-1996 or (360) 902-1996 [902-1976].

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed amendment to chapter 16-436 WAC includes repealing WAC 16-436-186 Containers, removing all container requirements associated with peaches.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Removing the container requirements would allow growers/packers and shippers to pack and market various types of containers that may be requested or required by the buyers and the consuming public.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 15.17 RCW, Standards of grades and packs, chapter 34.05 RCW, Administrative Procedure Act.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 15.17 RCW, Standards of grades and packs.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: The Washington state fruit commission, private.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jim Quigley, Olympia, (360) 902-1833.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. There is no economic impact associated with this rule amendment.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The WSDA is not a listed agency in RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).

Robert W. Gore

Assistant Director

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REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 16-436-186 Containers.

Washington State Code Reviser's Office