WSR 00-21-021

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed October 10, 2000, 8:10 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Rules relating to apple maggot quarantine in chapter 16-470 WAC.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 17.24.041.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Updating the current rule would clarify restrictions on movement of fruit and other quarantine provisions, modify the list of counties under quarantine in response to survey data generated since the last revision, achieve consistency with other states' rules, bring the state into compliance with internationally accepted North American Plant Pest Organization terminology, and acknowledge changes in industry practices, environmental conditions, and legislative mandates such as regulatory reform and clear and readable text.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: USDA APHIS has federal plant pest quarantine authority. However, that agency regards apply maggot as a state regulatory matter and has not chosen to exercise authority in this area.

Process for Developing New Rule: Washington State Department of Agriculture representatives discuss proposed rule changes with affected stakeholders and then publish the rule proposal.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mary A. Martin Toohey, Assistant Director, Laboratory Services Division, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1907, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail mtoohey@agr.wa.gov; and Clinton Campbell, PhD, Pest Program Manager, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-2071, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail ccampbell@agr.wa.gov.

October 10, 2000

Mary A. Martin Toohey

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office