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Update to Apple Maggot soil rule proposal

Monday, June 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Breanne Chavez
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The Washington State Department of Agriculture is proposing to add soil in potted host plants to the list of commodities regulated under the apple maggot quarantine rule.  After much discussion and after reviewing comments and emails on the terms of the rule change, WSDA has drafted the language of the proposed rule.  This proposed language is not final and we still are accepting comments and questions on the rule.  The agency’s next step over the next several months is to conduct a small business economic impact statement (SBEIS).  Following the SBEIS there will be public hearings to solicit additional comments before the rule becomes final.

Click here to review draft of proposed rule:


If you have questions about whether a specific location is within the pest free area or under quarantine, you can access a searchable web site map of Washington State at the following link:


The current apple maggot quarantine rule can be reviewed at the following link:


You can track the progress of the current rule making activity at the following web site:


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