WSR 00-03-076

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed January 19, 2000, 10:03 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Application of pesticides and plant nutrients through irrigation systems, chapter 16-202 WAC, possible revisions to WAC 16-202-1000 Chemigation, 16-202-2000 Fertigation, and 16-200-695 Definitions.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 15.58, 17.21, 15.54 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Develop rules regarding the application of pesticides and/or plant nutrients through irrigation systems for the protection of water quality.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: Federal - Environmental Protection Agency for application of pesticides through irrigation systems. Rules will be consistent with federal laws. EPA will be informed of state proposals. Washington State Department of Ecology will be kept informed of rule development as it may affect water quality.

Process for Developing New Rule: A rules review was conducted in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 97-02. Results of this review was shared with representatives of the rule stakeholders for input.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Cindy Moore, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42589, Olympia, WA 98404 [98504], (360) 902-2047, cmoore@agr.wa.gov; or Ann Wick, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42589, Olympia, WA 98504, (360) 902-2051, fax (360) 902-2093.

January 19, 2000

Cliff Weed

for Bob Arrington

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office