WSR 14-13-103
[Filed June 17, 2014, 2:47 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 16-54 WAC, Animal importation.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 16.36.040 and chapter 34.05 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department proposes to amend chapter 16-54 WAC to:
Align with a recent federal order on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus;
Remove certificate of veterinary inspection exemption for horses, goats, sheep, and llamas traveling into Washington for round trip visits of no more than four days;
Allow trichomoniasis samples to be collected and pooled for up to five bulls using qPCR testing;
Increase the tuberculosis (TB) testing requirement age from six months to twelve months on dairy cattle originating from a TB free state; and
Update definitions and Code of Federal Regulation[s] citations.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) staff will develop the rule proposal with the help of industry input. Interested parties will be given the opportunity to participate during the public hearing and public comment process.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jodi Jones, WSDA, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, phone (360) 902-1889, fax (360) 902-2087, e-mail
June 17, 2014
Lynn M. Briscoe
Assistant Director