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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-976



Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

[27 Pa.B. 2936]

   The Department of Agriculture (Department) hereby gives advance notice of its intention to amend its regulations relating to animals and animal health. These regulations currently appear in 7 Pa. Code Part I (relating to Bureau of Animal Industry). The planned amendments are necessitated, in part, by 23 Pa.C.S. §§ 2301--2389 (relating to the Domestic Animal Law), which became effective on September 9, 1996, and which substantially revised, expanded and updated the Department's authority with respect to domestic animals.

   Although section 2382(b) of the Domestic Animal Law allows the Department to enforce its current animal health regulations to the extent they are not inconsistent with that law, the Department seeks to accomplish the amendment of these regulations at the earliest date practicable. The Department is particularly interested in those regulatory provisions dealing with the prevention, detection, containment and elimination of transmissible disease of domestic animals.

   The Department intends to accomplish this regulatory amendment by rescinding its regulations and supplanting them with entirely new regulatory provisions. The forthcoming regulations will be more logically-organized, succinct and user friendly.

Proposed Format

   The Department's initial plan is to organize its regulatory authority with respect to domestic animals into five basic subparts, addressing the following general subjects:

   Subpart A.  General Provisions

   Subpart B.  Prevention of Dangerous Transmissible Diseases of Domestic Animals

   Subpart C.  Dangerous Transmissible Disease Elimination

   Subpart D.  Cooperative Domestic Animal Health Programs

   In addition, the Department intends to rescind all of 7 Pa. Code Chapter 1 (relating to meat hygiene), since its underlying statutory authority, the Pennsylvania Meat and Poultry Hygiene Law of 1968 (31 P. S.§§  483.1--483.24), has been preempted by Federal Legislation and regulations.

Public Comments and Contact Person

   The Department of Agriculture encourages interested persons to participate in the preparation of the regulatory amendments described in this notice by submitting any suggested regulatory additions, deletions or changes to: Sherbyn Ostrich, Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnos-tic Services, Department of Agriculture Building, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-976. Filed for public inspection June 20, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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