WSR 10-02-112

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed January 6, 2010, 11:26 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-30 WAC, Restricted feedlots and restricted holding facilities.

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: Eliminate restricted feedlots and redefine restricted holding facilities to accommodate livestock that do not meet Washington's import animal health requirements. This change will allow the department to verify that untested and unvaccinated livestock remain in the harvest channels or meet import animal health requirements.

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 jjones@agr.wa.gov.

January 6, 2010

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office