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Introduced in Senate (09/16/1998)

Invasive Pest Control Act of 1998 - Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict or prohibit the importation, entry, exportation, or movement in interstate commerce of a plant, plant product, biological control organism, plant pest, noxious weed, wood article, or means of conveyance in order to prevent the introduction into the United States or the interstate dispersion of a nonindigenous pest, pathogen, or noxious weed.

Subjects to treatment: (1) imported wood articles prior to and after U.S. entry; and (2) pallets and solid wood packing materials used to import materials into the United States. Prohibits the U.S. entry of such pallets and packing materials after a specified interim period.

(Sec. 6) Establishes a Plant Health and Ecosystem Protection Task Force which shall develop criteria for phytosanitary procedures to minimize the introduction or dispersion of nonindigenous pests and pathogens.

(Sec. 7) Subjects wood article importers to license and fee requirements.

(Sec. 8) Establishes in the Treasury the Pest Reduction in Wood Articles Fund.