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Chapter 18 Emergency Regulations PDF Print E-mail

Public Notice of Adoption of Chapter 18 Emergency Regulations

Weights & Measures, Metrology Laboratory and Registered Service Technicians


The Wyoming Department of Agriculture adopted emergency regulations as they pertain to the Chapter 18 Regulations for Weights & Measures.

Background: The Department of Agriculture recently discovered a gap in the statutory language exempting certain weights and measures from inspection by the Department. The statute exempts from the weights and measures act activities subject to the authority of the Wyoming Public Service Commission associated with pipelines and utilities. The Department always understood the language to exclude all utilities, regardless of whether a municipality owned and operated the utility. However, upon reviewing the Wyoming Public Service Commission’s authority, the Commission does not regulate municipal utilities. Therefore, the express language of the weights and measures act does not exempt any municipal utilities from inspection by the Department of Agriculture.

Wyoming Statute § 40-10-122 gives the Director of the Department the ability to grant exemptions from the provisions of the weights and measures act when appropriate for the maintenance of good commercial practices within the State. Faced with having to inspect every municipal residential water meter in the State, the Department adopted emergency rules to address the gap in the weights and measures exemption language. The Department does not have the staffing, or necessary equipment, to inspect residential water meters. Nor does the Department believe it was ever the intent of the Legislature to require testing of municipal residential water meters through the weights and measures act. To delay closing the language gap would leave the Department with an affirmative duty to inspect water meters for municipal utilities statewide.

The Department proposes to amend its Chapter 18 Weights & Measures, Metrology Laboratory and Registered Service Technicians rules and regulations by excluding all utilities identified in Wyoming Statute § 37-1-101, regardless of whether a utility is regulated by, or exempt from regulation by, the Wyoming Public Service Commission. At the same time, the Department intends to start the regular rulemaking process to permanently exempt all public utilities, as well as clean up the formatting and wording in Chapter 18.

A copy of the Emergency Chapter 18 Regulations may be obtained by one of the following three methods: 1)Visit the Secretary of State’s website at https://rules.wyo.gov/,click on the Emergency Rules icon, and select Agriculture, Dept. of (010); 2) Email Hank Uhden at hank.uhden@wyo.gov and request an electronic copy; or 3) Call Kelsey Hart, with the Technical Services Division at 307-777-7324.

 
Wyoming Industrial Hemp FAQ PDF Print E-mail

What is industrial hemp?

As defined in Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp is the plant Cannabis sativa L., and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.

As defined by Wyoming Statute §35-7-2101(a)(ii):  "Industrial hemp" means all parts and varieties of the plant cannabis sativa l. containing a total of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) of any combination of tetrahydrocannabinols;  [Further Information may be found at House Enrolled Act 0116]

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Help for North Dakota Producers PDF Print E-mail

Producers in North Dakota are experiencing extreme drought conditions and are in need of some help. Producers who have hay to sell or with pasture or hayland to rent can call a hotline that he North Dakota Department of Agriculture has set to help ranchers affected by the drought. The number is 701-425-8454. Individuals who contact the hotline will provide their name, contact information, and what they can provide. They will then be entered into the Drought Hotline database to be matched up with other individuals who may need help. North Dakota Department of Ag employees will answer calls on weekdays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. but callers can also leave a message on evenings and weekends.  If you can help or have hay or pasture land available give them a call.

701-425-8454

 
Faces of the WDA - Jack Troester PDF Print E-mail


 
Chapter 52 - Wyoming Petroleum and Antifreeze Products Standards and Regulations PDF Print E-mail

The Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend Chapter 52 of the Department’s Rules and Regulations.

Chapter 52 expands upon the standards of fuel quality and registration of antifreeze products sold as outlined in Wyo. Stat. Ann. 40-7-103. It outlines some needed definitions that are not contained in the statute. Outlines labeling of fuel dispensers and storage. Gives specific exemptions for products based on their American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) designation and outlines procedures for antifreeze registrations.

The Department of Agriculture is proposing to make the following amendments to Chapter 52.

  1. To remove definitions and regulations that are currently in statute and are duplicated in rule. To update definitions and add definitions to help meet the intent of the statute.
  2. To update rule to new and changing fuel types and regulations.
  3. Add exemption to allow for the sale of 85 octane fuel.
  4. To adopt federal regulations that apply to fuel sold in Wyoming including important labeling requirements to inform consumers as to the type and quality of fuel being purchased.
  5. Amend antifreeze registration rules to meet current practices.

Formatting changes to conform rules to the Secretary of States required format.

COMMENTS WILL BE RECEIVED UNTIL OCTOBER 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Comments can be made at the link below or by visiting the Wyoming Secretary of States website http://rules.wyo.gov

A complete copy of the rule can be found by CLICKING HERE

Comments can be submitted electronically by CLICKING HERE

 
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