WSR 00-04-021

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed January 24, 2000, 1:48 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules relating to the use of pesticides on blossoming alfalfa, clover and mint, WAC 16-230-010 through 16-230-079.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 15.58 RCW, the Washington Pesticide Control Act and chapter 17.21 RCW, the Washington Pesticide Application Act.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: As new and existing insecticides were developed and used on alfalfa clover and mint, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) witnessed numerous mortalities of pollinating insects. As a result of these mortalities WSDA recognized the need to provide greater protection to pollinating insects, therefore these rules were created. The department has conducted a review of the above-mentioned rules under the provisions of the Governor's Executive Order 97-02, and has determined the rules are necessary to protect/safeguard the health, welfare, and safety of the people and the environment including pollinating insects in Washington.

Process for Developing New Rule: A rules review was conducted in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 97-02. Results of this review will be 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. The department is seeking input on its decision to retain the rules. You may comment by writing to Washington State Department of Agriculture, Administrative Regulations Unit, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, or fax (360) 902-2093, or e-mail adminregs@agr.wa.gov. Comments should be made by 5:00 p.m., March 17, 2000.

For a copy of the review report contact Laurie Mauerman, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Management Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560.

January 24, 2000

Bob Arrington

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office