WSR 10-01-107

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


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

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-80 WAC, Pseudorabies in swine.

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 16-80 WAC to create a definition for feral swine and to bring the current language up-to-date with current standards as well as make it clear and usable. The department also proposes to change the name of this WAC to Swine diseases regulated in Washington state. These changes are necessary to ensure consistency among the animal health regulations and to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the swine industry and citizens of this state.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington state department of agriculture 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