Effective Date of Rule: January 1, 2014.
Purpose: The department of agriculture is amending chapter 16-232 WAC in order to restrict the use of two insecticides in the Grayland cranberry growing area to prevent water contamination. The Grayland cranberry growers instituted the best management practices contained in the rule voluntarily over the past fifteen years. The rule requires all growers institute the best management practices, thus creating a fair playing field and preventing further contamination of waterways in Grayland and prevent further more expensive restrictions to growers and the cranberry industry.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 17.21.030.
Other Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 12-20-071 on October 3, 2012.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 6, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: December 11, 2012.
WAC 16-232-400 What areas of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties are under order for use restricted pesticides? The area under order shall include all lands in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties lying within Township 15 North, Range 11 West, Sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30, and 32; Township 16 North, Range 11 West, Sections 19, 30, 31, and 32; and Township 16 North, Range 12 West, Sections 24 and 25.
(2) Copies of the adopted USDA NRCS Practice Standards can be requested by mail from: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250 or from your local NRCS Office or can be found on the WSDA web site at: http://www.agr.wa/gov/pestfert/.
(2) For the purpose of subsection (1) of this section, "adequately protected" means:
(a) Ditches are cribbed and covered according to USDA NRCS Practice Standards "Drainage Water Management" CODE 554 (Sept. 2011); "SubSurface Drain" CODE 606 (Sept. 2011); "Surface Drain, Main or Lateral" CODE 608 (Nov. 2010); and "Underground Outlet" CODE 620 (Nov. 2010), or one of the functional equivalents below.
(i) A functional equivalent for ditch side walls is the installation of side walls with rigid material capable of maintaining ditch integrity for a period of no less than ten years.
(ii) A functional equivalent for ditch coverings is the installation of ditch coverings using rigid material capable of preventing entry of chlorpyrifos or diazinon either through chemigation activities or run-off from irrigation activities into ditches as described in subsection (1) of this section.
(b) Drainage culverts are installed and constructed according to USDA NRCS Practice Standard "Underground Outlet" CODE 620 (Nov. 2010).
(3) All ditches and culverts shall be maintained and kept in good repair as needed in order to achieve the requirements of subsection (1) of this section.
(4) Upon request, the department shall be provided with all available information related to the design, construction, and materials used to protect the ditch as described in subsection (2) of this section.
(2) For the purpose of subsection (1) of this section, "hydraulic connection" means, water can flow between one source (either ground or surface water) to another source (either ground or surface water). Connection can be natural or manmade.
(3) For the purpose of subsection (1) of this section, "protected" means:
(a) Placement of a barrier or covering system over the source water in a manner that ensures spray from the nozzles do not contact the source water; or
(b) Design, placement, operation, and maintenance of irrigation sprayheads or nozzles in a manner that ensures spray from the nozzles does not contact the source water.
(4) Hydraulic connections will be determined as needed, by the department upon review of the source water system design.
(a) Urgent and unexpected; and
(b) The risk and amount of economic harm to the crop substantially outweighs the risk and amount of damage likely to occur to the environment if a variance permit is issued.
(2) Application for a permit may be made by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail, fax, or in person to the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Management Division, Natural Resources Building (NRB), Second Floor, 1111 Washington St. S.E., P.O. Box 42589, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, FAX: 360-902-2093. Permits will not be granted by telephone.
(3) The department may make on-site monitoring of the application a condition of any permit. A representative of the department may condition, deny, or revoke a permit at any time, if the representative determines that the situation at the application site creates an unreasonable risk. In determining whether the situation at the application site creates an unreasonable risk, the representative may consider all relevant factors such as temperature, tides, precipitation, application type, pesticide formulation and application equipment, ditch cover condition, endangered species restrictions, air inversions, time of day, burning restrictions, wind direction, wind velocity, topography, and type and condition of application equipment.