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Proposed Rule
LSA Document #12-511


Adds 312 IAC 18-3-24 pertaining to entomology and plant pathology to regulate the walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis) and Geosmithia morbida sp. nov, a fungus that kills walnut trees. Effective 30 days after filing with the Publisher.


312 IAC 18-3-24 Control of thousand cankers disease

Authority: IC 14-10-2-4; IC 14-24-3
Affected: IC 14-24

Sec. 24. (a) The walnut twig beetle (Pityophthorus juglandis) is:
(1) a pest or pathogen; and
(2) regulated under this section.

(b) Geosmithia morbida sp. nov is:
(1) a pest or pathogen; and
(2) regulated under this section.

(c) The definitions in 312 IAC 1, 312 IAC 18-1, and the following apply throughout this section:
(1) "Bark" means the natural bark of a tree. The term applies to the bark around the knots and bark pockets between annual-growth rings, including an additional one-half (1/2) inch of wood and the vascular cambium.
(2) "Compliance agreement" means a written agreement between the state entomologist and a person that moves a regulated article into Indiana.
(3) "Move" means to:
(A) ship;
(B) offer for shipment;
(C) receive for transportation;
(D) transport;
(E) carry; or
(F) allow to move or ship.
(4) "Regulated area" refers to each of the following:
(A) Arizona.
(B) California.
(C) Colorado.
(D) Idaho.
(E) Nevada.
(F) New Mexico.
(G) Oregon.
(H) Pennsylvania.
(I) Tennessee.
(J) Utah.
(K) Virginia.
(L) Washington.
(M) Another area of the United States determined by the state entomologist to have thousand cankers disease.
(5) "Regulated articles" means each of the following:
(A) The walnut twig beetle in any living stage of development.
(B) Geosmithia morbida sp. nov.
(C) Any of the following originating from or transiting through a regulated area:
(i) Firewood of any nonconiferous species.
(ii) Plants and plant parts of walnut, including the following:
(AA) Nursery stock.
(BB) Budwood.
(CC) Scionwood.
(DD) Green lumber.
(EE) Other material whether living or dead, such as logs, stumps, roots, branches, and chips.
(FF) Exempted plant parts of walnut are nuts, nut meats, hulls, processed lumber that is one hundred percent (100%) bark free, kiln-dried with square edges and finished wood products without bark (for example, furniture, instruments, and gun stocks).
(6) "State plant regulatory official" means the national plant board member of the state of origin.
(7) "Thousand cankers disease" refers to a lethal insect-fungal pathogen pest complex of walnut that has been detected in the states identified in subdivision (4) and that is occasioned by the presence of the walnut twig beetle and Geosmithia morbida sp. nov.
(8) "Walnut" means Juglans spp.

(d) A person must not move any regulated articles into or through Indiana unless the person:
(1) obtains a compliance agreement from the division and ensures a copy of the compliance agreement remains with the regulated article during transit within Indiana;
(2) has the regulated article inspected at the point of origin by a state department of agriculture or state regulatory official; and
(3) delivers a phytosanitary certificate, issued by the state plant regulatory official, to the state entomologist at least twenty-four (24) hours before the regulated article enters Indiana.
(Natural Resources Commission; 312 IAC 18-3-24)

Posted: 10/03/2012 by Legislative Services Agency

DIN: 20121003-IR-312120511PRA
Composed: Jun 18,2018 10:00:04AM EDT
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