Investigation Into Chemicals Found On Utility Poles in VT

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/14 2014 05:37PM

Updated 08/14 2014 06:24PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The use of chemicals on utility poles around Vermont is under scrutiny.

Back in May, ABC 22 and FOX 44 was the first to report that those chemicals, used to prevent decay, caused water contamination in Monkton.

The Public Service Board (PSB) directed utility company representatives, state officials, and members of the public to form a special group. The goal is to develop best practices for the chemical use.

Some from Monkton says that's not enough.

"My concern is that if this working group is going to determine the content of that investigation that this is just going to become another one of these back door industry-state processes that takes up a lot of time," Monkton Resident Melanie Peyser said.

Peyser says she'd like the PSB to allow more public comment as this group gets started. The group is expected to be formalized by month's end.

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