Effective date: 2/25/2015

    (1) Upon the request of the owner of a soil pit, the department shall use sampling for establishing the absence or presence of nematodes of citrus. All host plants within a minimum distance of 100 feet of a proposed soil pit must be sampled and found free of any injurious nematodes of citrus as described in Rule 5B-62.003, F.A.C. Minimum distances shall be measured from the dripline of host plants and from the edge of rights-of-way of any public or private thoroughfare.
    (2) The soil pit shall be at least the minimum distances specified as follows:
    (a) One hundred feet maintained free of hosts from known infestations of any injurious nematodes of citrus as described in Rule 5B-62.003, F.A.C.
    (b) Fifty feet maintained free of hosts from land planted or previously planted to host plants and from all rights-of-way or public thoroughfares with a negative sampling.
    (3) It shall be the responsibility of the owner of an approved soil pit to maintain adequate security around the approved soil pit to prevent the entry of non-certified regulated articles.
Rulemaking Authority 570.07(23), 581.031(1) FS. Law Implemented 581.031(1), (6) FS. History—New 12-26-06, Amended 2-25-15.