Date of Adoption: June 19, 2002.
Purpose: To establish a rule relating to the exclusion and regulation of host material for blueberry scorch virus, a serious economic pest of blueberries.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 17.24, 15.13 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 02-10-123 on May 1, 2002.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 7, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making:
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Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
June 19, 2002
Valoria H. Loveland
BLUEBERRY SCORCH VIRUS QUARANTINE
(1) "Blueberry plants" means all plants and plant parts of Vaccinium corymbosum, except fruit that is free of leaf tissue.
(2) "Blueberry scorch virus" means any and all strains of blueberry scorch carlavirus.
(3) "Pest free area" means an area where no strain of blueberry scorch virus occurs, as demonstrated by scientific evidence, and in which, where appropriate, this blueberry scorch virus free condition is being officially maintained.
(4) "Director" means the director of the Washington state department of agriculture or the director's authorized representative.
(5) "Micropropagated plants" means plants propagated using aseptic laboratory techniques and an artificial culture medium.
(a) They must originate from a pest free area;
(b) They are certified in accordance with the regulations of an official certification program in the state of origin that includes testing and inspection for blueberry viruses and is approved by the director;
(c) They are shown to be free of blueberry scorch virus, based on an official laboratory test using a protocol approved by the director; or
(d) They are micropropagated and/or grown in an insect-proof greenhouse or screenhouse and originate from mother plants that have been tested and found free of blueberry scorch virus.
(2) Persons importing regulated articles into the state must obtain a phytosanitary certificate from the plant protection organization of the place of origin verifying that one of the conditions in subsection (1) of this section has been met. A copy of the phytosanitary certificate must accompany the shipment.
(2) These records shall contain the number and variety of plants, the name and address of the propagator, and applicable phytosanitary certificates, certification tags or documentation, and laboratory testing reports.
(3) The grower must provide a copy of the records to the plant services program of the state department of agriculture upon request of the director.