WSR 09-16-068

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed July 30, 2009, 1:11 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amend the definition of a commercial vineyard in the pesticide rules, chapters 16-228, 16-230, 16-231, and 16-232 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 17.21, 15.58 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The current definition of a commercial vineyard does not include properties that both grow their own grapes and use these grapes for their own winery. The rules using this definition specify the restrictions on aerial application of pesticides in eastern Washington.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Stakeholder communication.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Laurie Mauerman, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Management Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, e-mail lmauerman@agr.wa.gov.

July 30, 2009

Bob Arrington

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office