The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Board" means the Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
"Business day" means a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, or a day on which state government offices are closed.
"Certificate" means a document issued or authorized by the commissioner indicating that a regulated article is not contaminated with a noxious weed.
"Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
"Committee" means the Noxious Weeds Advisory Committee established pursuant to 2VAC5-317-100.
"Compliance agreement" means a written agreement between a person engaged in handling, receiving, or moving regulated articles and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or both, wherein the former agrees to fulfill the requirements of the compliance agreement and comply with the provisions of this chapter.
"Consignee" means any person to whom any regulated article is shipped for handling, sale, resale, or any other purpose.
"Department" means the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
"Infested" or "infestation" means the presence of a listed noxious weed or the existence of circumstances that make it reasonable to believe that life stages of a listed noxious weed are present.
"Inspector" means an employee of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or other person authorized by the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
"Listed noxious weed" means any plant listed in this chapter as either a Tier 1, Tier 2, or Tier 3 noxious weed.
"Move" means to ship, offer for shipment, receive for transportation, carry, or otherwise transport, move, or allow to be moved.
"Noxious weed" means the term as defined in § 3.2-800 of the Code of Virginia.
"Noxious Weeds Law" means the statute set forth in Chapter 8 (§ 3.2-800 et seq.) of Title 3.2 of the Code of Virginia.
"Permit" means a document issued by the commissioner to provide for movement of regulated articles to restricted destinations for limited handling, utilization, processing, or scientific purposes.
"Person" means the term as defined in § 1-230 of the Code of Virginia.
"Regulated article" means any listed noxious weed or any article carrying or capable of carrying a listed noxious weed.
"Tier 1 noxious weed" means any noxious weed that is not known to be present in the Commonwealth.
"Tier 2 noxious weed" means any noxious weed that is present in the Commonwealth and for which successful eradication or suppression is feasible.
"Tier 3 noxious weed" means any noxious weed (i)
that is present in the Commonwealth
and not listed as a Tier 1 or Tier 2
noxious weed, (ii) whose spread may be slowed by restrictions on its
movement, and (iii) for which successful eradication or suppression is not
"Waybill" means a document containing the details of a shipment of goods.
2VAC5-317-20. Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 noxious weeds.
A. The following plants are hereby declared Tier 1 noxious weeds:
1. Salvinia molesta, Giant salvinia.
2. Solanum viarum, Tropical soda apple.
3. Heracleum mantegazzianum, Giant hogweed.
B. The following plants are hereby declared Tier 2 noxious weeds:
1. Imperata cylindrica, Cogon grass.
2. Lythrum salicaria, Purple loosestrife.
3. Ipomoea aquatica, Water spinach.
4. Vitex rotundifolia, Beach vitex.
5. Oplismenus hirtellus spp. undulatifolius, Wavyleaf basketgrass.
6. Corydalis incisa, Incised fumewort.
No plant is hereby declared a Tier 3 noxious weed. The
following plants are hereby declared Tier 3 noxious weeds:
1. Ailanthus altissima, Tree of heaven.
2. Ampelopsis brevipedunculata, Porcelain berry.
3. Celastrus orbiculatus, Oriental bittersweet.
4. Hydrilla verticillata, Hydrilla.
5. Persicaria perfoliata, Mile-a-minute weed.