DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Addendum to the Order of Quarantine; Spotted Lanternfly
[50 Pa.B. 1555]
[Saturday, March 14, 2020]
A. Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new pest to the United States and has been detected in the Commonwealth. This is a dangerous insect to forests, ornamental trees, orchards and grapes and not widely prevalent or distributed within or throughout the Commonwealth or the United States. Spotted lanternfly has been detected in the Commonwealth and has the potential to spread to uninfested areas by natural means or through the movement of infested articles.
B. The Plant Pest Act (Act) (3 P.S. §§ 258.1—258.27) empowers the Department of Agriculture (Department) to take various measures to detect, contain and eradicate plant pests. A plant pest is defined as an organism, including other plants, causing or capable of causing injury or damage to plants or plant products (3 P.S. § 258.2). These powers also include the authority, set forth at section 258.21 of the Act (3 P.S. § 258.21), to establish quarantines to prevent the spread of plant pests within this Commonwealth.
C. Under the authority of section 258.20 of the Act (3 P.S. § 258.20) the Department may declare a pest to be a public nuisance when the Department determines a plant pest to be dangerous or destructive to the agriculture, horticulture or forests of this Commonwealth. For the reasons set forth in Paragraph A above, the Department declares Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, to be a public nuisance.
D. Consistent with the ''Order of Quarantine and Treatment; Spotted Lanternfly'' published at 48 Pa.B. 3094, issued Saturday, May 26, 2018 (hereinafter ''Quarantine Order''), where the Department detects or confirms any of the plant pests established in that Quarantine Order—Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula—the place or area in which any of the plant pests are detected or confirmed shall be subject to the provisions of that Quarantine Order.
E. The place or area in which the plant pest is detected or confirmed shall be added to the Quarantine Order through an Addendum delineating the specific location and geographic parameters of the area or place. Such Addendum shall be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and enforcement of the Addendum to the Quarantine Order, with regard to that place or area, shall become effective immediately.
Under authority of section 21 of the Act (3 P.S. § 258.21), and with the Recitals previously listed incorporated into and made a part of this Addendum to the Quarantine Order by reference, the Department Orders the following:
1. Establishment of Quarantine.
A quarantine is hereby established with respect to Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Columbia, Cumberland, Huntington, Juniata, Luzerne, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry and York Counties. This is in addition to, and does not replace, any areas already subject to the Quarantine Order and any previous Addendums to that Quarantine Order.
2. All Provisions Apply.
All of the provisions and requirements established in the Quarantine Order are hereby incorporated herein and made a part of this Addendum as if fully set forth herein and shall hereby be made applicable to Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Columbia, Cumberland, Huntington, Juniata, Luzerne, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry and York Counties.
RUSSELL C. REDDING,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-383. Filed for public inspection March 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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