WSR 07-04-072

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed February 2, 2007, 3:23 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-80 WAC, Pseudorabies in swine.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department proposes to amend chapter 16-80 WAC to bring it up-to-date with current standards and to make the language clear and usable. These changes are necessary to ensure consistency among animal health regulations and to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the swine industry and citizens of this state.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: USDA, APHIS.

Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington state department of agriculture staff with stakeholder participation.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lynn Briscoe, Special Assistant to the State Veterinarian, P.O. Box 42560, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-2560, phone (360) 902-1987.

February 2, 2007

Dr. Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

State Veterinarian

Washington State Code Reviser's Office