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:

WORC Questions

WSDA Answers

Will the special permit for the composting operation in the pest-free areas be tailored to each individual facility or just have a blanket set of material receiving and composting conditions?

Yes, there will be some differences in the language of the permits dictated by the conditions at each facility.

Will the special permits for the transport of the organic material be uniform or again tailored to the particular conditions of how the organic materials are collected by a transporter

Those will be more standard requirements.

How will the special permit requirements be implemented – will there be a “grace period” involved before new management practices can be implemented and how long would that be?

My understanding is that two of the facilities are ready to go and two will need some time (several months) before the mitigations that are required in the permit will be fully implemented.

How and where will the trapping devices for the adult apply maggots be installed at composting facilities?

Yes, at the compost facilities and hung on trees, fence lines and stakes around the facility.

What will be the fees associated with these new requirements and who will pay them (the transfer station receiving facility, the composter etc.)

Fees are still under discussion.