An Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) regional quarantine amendment for the movement of bulk citrus and nursery stock has been submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The citrus industry has been aggressively battling the pest, but the efforts to slow its spread have not been as successful as were intended. Huanglongbing (HLB) has still not yet been found in a commercial grove, but there have been increased detections of ACP and HLB over the past six months.
OAL will have ten days from the December 14 submission to approve or deny the emergency request. The quarantine would be put into effect starting January 1 if the request is approved. The amendment would create seven bulk citrus regional quarantine zones and three nursery stock regional quarantine zones. The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program will share the decision through a Citrus Alert after OAL makes their final decision.