This rule was published in the June 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 12) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Agriculture and Food, Plant Industry
Utah Firewood Quarantine
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 41675
Filed: 05/19/2017 11:08:41 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The rule makes it possible to regulate the movement of firewood into the state of Utah in order to prevent the transport and establishment of invasive species.
Summary of the rule or change:
The rule governs the regulation and inspection of firewood to prevent the movement of invasive pest to the state of Utah. The rule will allow for pest prevention and exclusion professionals to regulate the movement of imported firewood by providing proper labeling and record keeping.
Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 4-2-2
- Section 4-35-9
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There will be a cost to implement this rule. Regulation efforts will happen at or during general inspections at fuel station stops, general stores, hardware stores, and other location where firewood is sold. Regulatory actions will be implemented by the program manager with the assistance of inspectors to help if necessary. Labor will be the primary cost to the state of Utah. The department estimates that it will take approximately 728 hours of employee time to enforce this rule. That totals up to approximately $19,000 in pay to these employees.
The requirements of compliance for firewood movement, record keeping, and labeling will be regulated by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) and, therefore, will not add additional cost to local state government.
Compliance with the rule will require businesses to label products and maintain records for the sale and purchases of firewood. Most businesses are already in compliance with this regulation. New labels may need to be purchased for compliance. It is not possible for the department to estimate the cost to print labels due to the many different methods, sizes, and material that could be used in the printing of the labels. UDAF does not specify the size, shape, material, or method that must be used to print labels, only that a label with the specified information be located on the product. Additionally, in areas which in the future are designated as quarantine areas there is the potential cost to the business of buying the proper equipment to heat treat the wood. The equipment cost varies depending on the size and amount of wood that is being treated.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There is a potential to save millions of dollars on the treatment cost, tree removal, conserving natural resources, and ongoing residential pesticide use by preventing the spread of invasive pests into the state of Utah. It is impossible to quantify the cost savings as these are future events.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There will be a cost to create the necessary labels. The cost will depend on how the affected party wants to design the label with the information required. Additionally, there are potential costs of the heat treatment.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
UDAF estimates that there will be minimal cost to businesses to maintain compliance. The savings has a potential to be significant. Preventing the spread of invasive species and the eradication projects that follow agriculture pest establishments has the potential to save millions of dollars in eradication and ongoing treatments for stakeholders for years to come. Prevention of invasive species also cuts cost to industries that import out of the state of Utah, by reducing the amount of regulations and treatment cost needed.
LuAnn Adams, Commissioner
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:
Agriculture and Food
350 N REDWOOD RD
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3034
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Kathleen Mathews at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7103, by FAX at 801-538-7126, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
- Robert Hougaard at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7187, by FAX at 801-538-7189, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scott Ericson at the above address, by phone at 801-538-7102, by FAX at 801-538-7126, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
LuAnn Adams, Commissioner
R68. Agriculture and Food, Plant
The Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the Bulletin is the official version. The PDF version of this issue is available at https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2017/b20170615.pdf. The HTML edition of the Bulletin is a convenience copy. Any discrepancy between the PDF version and HTML version is resolved in favor of the PDF version.