WSR 98-08-109

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

[Filed April 1, 1998, 11:31 a.m.]



Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 98-04-077

Title of Rule: Noxious weed control

Purpose: To delete Hypericum perforatum (common St. Johnswort) from WAC 16-752-610

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 17.10 and 17.24 RCW

Statute Being Implemented: Chapters 17.10 and 17.24 RCW

Summary: As market conditions change, the sale of aggressive plant species in our state contributes to their spread as weeds and compromises ongoing control work. The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board would prefer to focus quarantine efforts on new invaders and to delete currently established species

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Mary Toohey, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, (360) 902-1907; Implementation and Enforcement: Diane Dolstad, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, (360) 902-2071

Name of Proponent: Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board, governmental.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: In recent years, common St. Johnswort, previously regarded as an aggressive weed species, has become sought after for its possible medicinal properties. By removing common St. Johnswort from the existing noxious weed seed and plant quarantine regulated articles, we can allow it to be harvested and sold. In addition, removing this common weed from the existing regulations will allow the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board to focus their quarantine efforts on new invaders instead of currently established species such as this

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The change includes removing common St. Johnswort from the existing noxious weed seed and plant quarantine regulated articles

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Removing common St. Johnswort from the existing noxious weed seed and plant quarantine regulated articles will allow our customers to sell it and make a profit from it. It will also allow the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board to focus their quarantine efforts on new invaders instead of currently established species.

Hearing Location: Washington State Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division, 1111 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 259, Olympia, WA 98504, on May 20, 1998, at 11:00 a.m

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Cathy Jensen by May 13, 1998, TDD (360) 902-1996 or (360) 902-1976

Submit Written Comments to: Mary A. Martin Toohey, Assistant Director, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Laboratory Services Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, FAX (360) 902-2094, by May 20, 1998

Date of Intended Adoption: June 4, 1998

March 31, 1998

Mary A. Martin Toohey

Assistant Director

OTS-2120.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 92-07-025, filed 3/10/92, effective 4/10/92)



WAC 16-752-610  Noxious weed seed and plant quarantine--Regulated articles. All plants, plant parts, and seeds in packets, blends, and "wildflower mixes" of the following listed species are regulated under the terms of this noxious weed quarantine:



Scientific Name Common Names
Amorpha fruticosa indigobush, lead plant
Anchusa officinalis common bugloss, alkanet, anchusa
Anthriscus sylvestris wild chervil
Carduus acanthoides plumeless thistle
Carduus nutans musk thistle, nodding thistle
Centaurea diffusa diffuse knapweed
Centaurea jacea brown knapweed, rayed knapweed, brown centaury horse-knobs, hardheads
Centaurea maculosa spotted knapweed
Centaurea macrocephala bighead knapweed
Centaurea nigra black knapweed
Centaurea nigrescens Vochin knapweed
Chaenorrhinum minus dwarf snapdragon
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum oxeye daisy, white daisy, whiteweed, field daisy, marguerite, poorland flower
Cytisus scoparius Scotch broom
Daucus carota wild carrot, Queen Anne's lace
Echium vulgare blueweed, blue thistle, blue devil, viper's bugloss, snake flower
Heracleum mantegazzianum giant hogweed, giant cow parsnip
Hibiscus trionum Venice mallow, flower-of-an-hour, bladder ketmia, modesty, shoo-fly
Hieracium aurantiacum orange hawkweed, orange paintbrush, red daisy flameweed, devil's weed, grim-the-collier
Hieracium pratense yellow hawkweed, yellow paintbrush, devil's paintbrush, yellow devil, field hawkweed, king devil
((Hypericum perforatum common St. Johnswort, goatweed, St. Johnswort))
Isatis tinctoria dyers' woad
Kochia scoparia kochia, summer-cyprus, burning-bush, fireball, Mexican fireweed
Linaria genistifolia spp.dalmatica Dalmatian toadflax
Lepidium latifolium perennial pepperweed
Mirabilis nyctaginea wild four o'clock, umbrella-wort
Onopordum acanthium Scotch thistle
Proboscidea louisianica unicorn-plant
Salvia aethiopsis Mediterranean sage
Silybum marianum milk thistle
Torilis arvensis hedgeparsley
Ulex europaeus gorse, furze
Zygophyllum fabago Syrian bean-caper



[Statutory Authority: Chapters 17.10 and 17.24 RCW. 92-07-025, 16-752-610, filed 3/10/92, effective 4/10/92.]

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