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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.3

Introduced by   Senator Sears of Bennington District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public utilities; conservation; rights-of-way

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require utilities subject to the jurisdiction of the public service board to submit to the board every five years a vegetation maintenance plan for easements and rights-of-way.  The vegetation maintenance plan shall be designed to minimize adverse environmental impacts from maintenance.

AN ACT RELATING TO MAINTENANCE OF UTILITY               RIGHTS-OF-WAY

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 256 is added to read:

§ 256.  MAINTENANCE OF RIGHTS-OF-WAY

(a)  A company subject to the jurisdiction of the public service board shall submit to the board every five years a vegetation maintenance plan for each easement or right-of-way that the company maintains in order to render services.  The vegetation maintenance plan shall be designed to minimize adverse environmental impacts from maintenance while ensuring safe and reliable service by the company.

(b)  The public service board may adopt rules to implement subsection (a) of this section.  In adopting the rules authorized by this subsection, the board shall:

(1)  Develop a process for the approval of the type and potency of pesticides authorized for maintenance of rights-of-way;

(2)  Set guidelines for the application of pesticides in proximity to schools, parks, churches, and residences;

(3)  Develop a process under which owners of property adjacent to a right-of-way may be notified of the timing and nature of maintenance activities; and

(4)  Provide for public participation in the development and approval of vegetation maintenance plans.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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