WSR 10-01-108

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed December 17, 2009, 11:54 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-70 WAC, Animal diseases -- Reporting.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department proposes to amend chapter 16-70 WAC to help clarify the process on reporting diseases from the OIE (World Organization of Animal Health) reportable disease list. Proposed amendments include adding caseous lymphadenitis and malignant catarrhal fever (all forms) to the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) reportable disease list.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: WSDA staff will develop the rule proposal with the help of industry input. Interested parties will be given the opportunity to participate during the public hearing and public comment process.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jodi Jones, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-1889, fax (360) 902-2087, e-mail lbriscoe@agr.wa.gov.

December 17, 2009

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office