WSR 98-10-118

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

[Filed May 6, 1998, 11:39 a.m.]



Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 98-07-069.

Title of Rule: Chapter 16-662 WAC, Weights and measures--National Handbooks.

Purpose: This rule would adopt current versions of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) handbooks. Specifically NIST Handbook 130 entitled Uniform Laws and Regulations in the areas of legal metrology and motor fuel quality and NIST Handbook 44 titled Specifications, Tolerances, and other Technical Requirements for Weighing and Measuring Devices.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 19.94.195.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 19.94 RCW.

Summary: This rule adopts the 1998 versions of the NIST Handbook 130 and Handbook 44.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Chapter 19.94 RCW requires the adoption of the most current handbooks and the change would bring the state requirements in conformance with current national standards.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Jerry Buendel, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA, (360) 902-1856.

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

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: The rule adopts the 1998 versions of NIST Handbook 130 and Handbook 44. Handbook 130 provides uniform regulations for method of sale, packaging and labeling and, specifies methods for conducting price verification inspections. Handbook 44 provides technical guidance on evaluation, inspection and tolerances for weighing and measuring devices. Changing to the current versions would achieve compliance with the statutory requirement for adopting the most current handbooks.

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The rule change would adopt the 1998 versions of Handbooks 130 and 144 [44] as required by chapter 19.94 RCW.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. This rule change does not require a statement because it does not impose any additional costs to small businesses under RCW 19.85.030.

Section 201, chapter 403, Laws of 1995, does not apply to this rule adoption. The Washington State Department of Agriculture is not a listed agency in section 201.

Hearing Location: Natural Resources Building, 2nd Floor, Room 259, 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504, on June 10, 1998, at 10:30 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Cathy Jensen by June 8, 1998, TDD (360) 902-1996, or (360) 902-1976.

Submit Written Comments to: Washington State Department of Agriculture, Jerry Buendel, Program Manager, P.O. Box 42560 or 1111 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-2506, FAX (360) 902-2086, by 5:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: June 10, 1998.

May 6, 1998

Julie C. Sandberg

Assistant Director

OTS-2192.1

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-12-075, filed 6/4/97, effective 7/5/97)



WAC 16-662-105  Adoption--Weighing and measuring equipment requirements--Package checking--Packaging and labeling--Method of sale--Price verification. (1) The specifications, tolerances, and other technical requirements for the design, manufacture, installation, performance test, and use of weighing and measuring equipment shall be those contained in the ((1997)) 1998 Edition of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook 44, published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, entitled the National Institute of Standards and Technology Handbook 44 - Specifications, Tolerances, and Other Technical Requirements for Commercial Weighing and Measuring Devices.

(2) The procedures for checking the accuracy of the net contents of packaged goods shall be those contained in the Third Edition of National Bureau of Standards (NBS) Handbook 133 published by the United States Department of Commerce, entitled the National Bureau of Standards Handbook 133 - Third Edition - Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods as modified by NIST Handbook 133 Supplements 1, 2, 3, and 4, issued in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1994 respectively.

(3) The requirements for packaging and labeling, method of sale of commodities, and the examination procedures for price verification shall be those contained in the ((1997)) 1998 Edition of National Institute of Standards and Technology Handbook 130, entitled the NIST Handbook 130 - Uniform Laws And Regulations in the areas of legal metrology and motor fuel quality, specifically:

(a) Weights and measures requirements for all food and nonfood commodities in package form shall be the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation requirements as adopted by the National Conference on Weights and Measures and published in NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Handbook 130, ((1997)) 1998 Edition.

(b) Weights and measures requirements for the method of sale of food and nonfood commodities shall be those found in the Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale of Commodities as adopted by the National Conference on Weights and Measures and published in NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Handbook 130, ((1997)) 1998 Edition.

(c) Weights and measures requirements for price verification shall be the Examination Procedures for Price Verification as adopted by the National Conference on Weights and Measures and published in NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Handbook 130, ((1997)) 1998 Edition.



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 19.94 RCW. 97-12-075, 16-662-105, filed 6/4/97, effective 7/5/97.]



AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 97-12-075, filed 6/4/97, effective 7/5/97)



WAC 16-662-115  Modifications to NIST Handbook 130. The following modifications are made to the Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale of Commodities requirements published in NIST Handbook 130, identified in WAC 16-662-105 (3)(b):

(1) ((Section 2.5. Peat and Peat Moss. Modify Section 2.5.2.2. Cubic Measure by deleting the struck-through words as follows: 2.5.2.2. Cubic Measure. -- Peat and peat moss sold in terms of cubic measures shall be offered and exposed for sale only in liters and/or cubic feet. If the commodity is labeled in terms of compressed cubic measurement, the quantity declaration shall represent the quantity in the compressed state.

(2))) Section 2.20. Gasoline-Oxygenate Blends. Delete Section 2.20 because requirements for this subject are addressed in RCW 19.94.505 and chapter 16-657 WAC.

(((3))) (2) Section 2.23. Animal Bedding. Add a new subsection 2.23.1. Sawdust, Barkdust, Decorative Wood Particles, and Similar Products. As used in this subsection, "unit" means a standard volume equal to 200 cubic feet. Quantity representations for sawdust, barkdust, decorative wood particles, and similar loose bulk materials when advertised, offered for sale, or sold within the state of Washington shall be in terms of cubic measure or units and fractions thereof.



[Statutory Authority: Chapter 19.94 RCW. 97-12-075, 16-662-115, filed 6/4/97, effective 7/5/97.]

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