WSR 04-09-078

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed April 20, 2004, 10:44 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-481 WAC, Grape phylloxera, the department may propose to add an additional insect pest, the vine mealy bug, to the current quarantine. In addition, the department may amend the existing language to increase its clarity and readability and update the language to conform to current industry and regulatory standards.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 15.13, 17.24, and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The vine mealy bug is a very serious vineyard pest. Introduction of the pest into the state of Washington through infested grape plants, rootstock, and plant cuttings or on contaminated grape cultivation or harvesting equipment could have a severe economic impact on the Washington grape industry.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Washington State Department of Agriculture representatives will discuss proposed fee increases with affected stakeholders and comply with the filing, publication and public hearing requirements of chapter 34.05 RCW. Affected stakeholders will have an opportunity to submit written comments on the proposal during the public comment period and present oral testimony at the public hearing.

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, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1907, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail mtoohey@agr.wa.gov; or Tom Wessels, Program Manager, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection Division, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1984, fax (360) 902-2094, e-mail twessels@agr.wa.gov.

April 16, 2004

Mary A. Martin Toohey

Assistant Director

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