Proposed Administrative Rules

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE RULES RELATING TO FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION COSTS GRANT PROGRAM

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Agriculture (HDOA) pursuant Chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, will hold public hearings as follows:

June 15, 2018 9:00 a.m. June 18, 2018 9:00 a.m. Kulana Oiwi – DHHL/OHA Conference Room Hale Iako Building 600 Mauna Loa Highway Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority Kaunakakai, Molokai, HI 96748 73-970 Makako Bay Drive Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

June 21, 2018 9:00 a.m June 22, 2018 9:00 a.m. Department of Agriculture Conference Room Department of Agriculture Conference Room 635 Mua Street 4398A Pua Loke Street Kahului, HI 96732 Lihue, HI 96766

June 25, 2018 9:00 a.m. June 26, 2018 9:00 a.m. Department of Agriculture Conference Room Department of Agriculture Conference Room 16E Lanikaula Street 1851 Auiki Street Hilo, HI 96720 Honolulu, HI 96819

The purpose of the public hearings is to receive testimony related to the proposed rules in Title 4, Subtitle 7, Chapter 162, entitled “Food Safety Certification Costs Grant Program”. The proposed rules are summarized below:

1. Establishes definitions for the chapter.

2. Establishes the purpose of the program to provide grants to assist farmers or ranchers in meeting the costs of complying with the Food Safety Modernization Act, U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, and state food safety laws.

3. Specifies grant eligibility requirements.

4. Establishes eligible reimbursable costs.

5. Identifies the costs that are not eligible for reimbursement.

6. Specifies application requirements and necessary supplemental documents.

7. Identifies requirements for invoices and receipts of the eligible costs for verification by the HDOA.

8. Specifies the disbursement of grant awards on a pro-rata basis, with the maximum amount to not exceed $5,000 per applicant.

Copies of the proposed rules are available for review in person at the following Department of Agriculture offices during business hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday from June 1, 2018 to June 15, 2018.

Honolulu 1851 Auiki Street, Honolulu, HI 96819 Phone: – 832-0700 Hilo 16E Lanikaula Street Hilo, HI 96720 Phone: – 974-4140 Kona 82-6130 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook, HI Phone: – 323-7590 Maui 635 Mua Street, Kahului, HI 96732 Phone: – 873-3555 Kauai 4398A Lua Loke Street, Lihue, HI 96766 Phone: – 241-7138

Copies of the proposed rules may also be obtained at the above offices by paying a fee charge for photocopying or sent by mail upon receipt of a fee charge for photocopying and postage. Copies may also be reviewed or downloaded at the Department of Agriculture website at hdoa.hawaii.gov/meetingsreports.

All interested persons may attend the public hearings and submit comments orally or in writing. Written testimony may be submitted prior to the hearing via postal mail to the Quality Assurance Division, Department of Agriculture, 1428 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96814, or via fax at (808) 832-0683, or email at HDOA.QAD@hawaii.gov. Please include the word “testimony” and the subject matter. If possible, submit 5 written copies of the testimony prior to the hearing.

Persons requiring special accommodations at the hearing may call the Department of Agriculture at (808) 832-0703 at least 4 working days prior to the hearing.

To view the rule changes, click here.

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January 17, 2018 (Updated February 21, 2018)

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is currently considering the adoption of the following proposed rule amendments:

Title 4 Chapter 66 – Pesticides (Summary of proposed rule amendments)

Memo to the Board on Rule Amendment (Feb. 21, 2018)

Proposed Rule Amendments 4-66

Title 4, Chapter 162 – Summary of Food Safety Certification Costs Grant Program

Proposed Rule 4-162

Title 4, Chapter 186 – Summary of Brake Fluids, Coolants, petroleum Products, and After-Market Additives

Proposed Rule 4-186

List of Restricted Use Pesticides

The above mentioned proposed rule changes will be discussed at the Hawaii Board of Agriculture meeting on January 23, 2018.
To view the agenda and for information how to submit testimony, click here.

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March 14, 2017

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is currently considering proposed rule amendments to Chapter 66 of Title 4, Pesticides

To view the proposed rule amendments, click here.

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September 13, 2016

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is currently considering proposed changes to the Administrative Rules regarding Chapter 4-71, Hawaii Administrative Rules, entitled “Plant and Non-Domestic Animal Quarantine Non-Domestic Animal Import Rules,” to prohibit the importation of “dangerous wild animals” for short-term exhibition and performances in circus, carnivals, and fairs in Hawaii; and to change the import list placement of the Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus and the House cricket, Acheta domesticus, from the List of Restricted Animals (Part A), to the List of Restricted Animals (Part B).

To view the proposed rule changes to AR-4-71, click here

To view the proposed rule changes to AR-4-71C, click here

To view the proposed rule changes to AR-4-71P, click here

To view the proposed rule changes to AR-4-71RA, click here

To view the proposed rule changes to AR-4-71RB, click here

Public hearings regarding this rule change will be scheduled in the near future.

For information on this proposed rule change, contact the Plant Quarantine Branch at (808) 832-0566.

*****PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THIS MATTER HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR MAY 1 – 5, 2017.
To view the public hearings schedule go to: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/meetings-reports/public-notices/

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The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is currently considering proposed changes to the Administrative Rules regarding Chapter 4-70, Hawaii Administrative Rules, Entitled, “Plants and Non-Domestic Animal Quarantine, Plant Import Rules,” to Add a New Subchapter to Restrict the Importation of Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family) Plants and Plant Parts to Prevent the Introduction of New Strains of ‘Ohi’a rust, Puccinia psidii, a Plant Pathogen.

To view the proposed rule changes, click here.

For information on this rule change, contact the Plant Quarantine Branch at (808) 832-0566.

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For information on the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, write to:

Hawaii Department of Agriculture Office of the Chairperson 1428 South King Street Honolulu, HI 96814-2512

Phone: (808) 973-9560 E-mail: HDOA