WSDA and Special Permit for Transport or Organics from Quarantine to Pest-Free Areas for Apple Maggots
The WSDA issued a CR-103 Emergency Rulemaking notice on May 22, 2015 that establishes a special permit to allow transportation and distribution of yard debris, agricultural organic materials and other organic feedstocks for disposal at solid waste landfills or treatment at composting facilities in the apple maggot pest-free areas from areas in the state under quarantine.
WSDA has initiated facility inspections and field monitoring of adult apple maggot flies and is trapping at each compost facility in pest–free areas that accept feedstock from quarantine areas. Traps are hung on trees, along fence lines and on stakes. Additional trapping will occur between each facility and the nearest commercial tree fruit operation.
Questions which WORC has posed to WSDA with how this special permit will work are:
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