Washington State Noxious Weed Board to consider two rule changes at January 11 public hearing
Olympia – The Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board will consider two rule changes at a January 11 public hearing. The first is a clarification of what it means to “control” noxious weeds . The second limits the per-day penalty for failure to control or eradicate these listed invasive plants to five days.
The public hearing will be held from 11 AM to 1 PM on Monday, January 11 in Room 175 of the Natural Resources Building at 1111 Washington Street in Olympia. The purpose of the public hearing is to solicit citizen comments and opinions about the proposed rule changes.
Those who wish to comment on the proposed changes may do so orally at the public hearing, or by submitting written testimony, which can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to WSNWCB, PO Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504. Written testimony must arrive no later than 5 PM Monday, January 11, 2010.
The Board will vote on the proposed rule changes during its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 12 beginning at 9 AM in the Lookout Conference Room in Office Building Two at 1115 Washington Street in Olympia. This meeting is also open to the public.
The first change, relating to the definition of “control,” (WAC 16-750-003(2a)) simplifies the definition and eliminates technical language. Currently, “’Control’ means to prevent all seed production and to prevent the dispersal of the following propagules of aquatic noxious weeds – turions, fragments, tubers, and nutlets.” The proposed change is “’Control’ of noxious weeds means to prevent all seed production and to prevent the dispersal of all propagative parts capable of forming new plants.” The intent of the change is to simplify the rule, in keeping with the Governor’s Executive Order requiring plain language that can be understood by those required to comply with state rules.
The second change limits the penalties to property owners who fail to control or eradicate noxious weeds following notice by local authorities that they must do so. In the current WAC, (WAC 16-750-020(1)) there is no limit on the per-day penalty; the proposed change limits the penalty to five days.
For further information about the Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board, and for the full text of laws and rules governing noxious, invasive weeds, please go to nwcb.wa.gov.