Mon Power to Conduct Aerial Spraying of Rights-of-Way as Part of Ongoing Maintenance Program

Aug 22, 2011, 12:13 ET from FirstEnergy Corp.

FAIRMONT, W.Va., Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) subsidiary, will use the aerial application of herbicides to help maintain the rights-of-way under some of its West Virginia power lines.  The maintenance program is designed to enhance the safety and reliability of its electric service by controlling vegetation that has the potential to interfere with power lines.  

The company will be applying the herbicides in Clay, Braxton, Nicholas and Webster counties beginning in early September.

The work will be performed in accordance with regulations established by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (DOA), with herbicides approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state DOA.

"The aerial application of herbicides is the safest, most efficient and most economical means of controlling vegetation along our rights-of-way," said Rex Bartlett, manager, Forestry Services, Mon Power.  "However, in some of the more populated areas, as well as near parks, ponds and other environmentally sensitive locations, the company will use manual clearing methods."

To report a potentially sensitive area, submit a comment, or ask questions regarding the herbicide program, customers can call 1-800-955-0179.  The number is staffed between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  After hours, a telephone service at the same number provides current information about locations to be sprayed.

Mon Power will give advance notice before spraying a property to persons who submit a written request, which must include the name, mailing address, property location and telephone number of the person asking for notification.

Landowners or tenants also have the option of entering into a right-of-way maintenance agreement with Mon Power, thereby taking individual responsibility for keeping the rights-of-way clear.  Such agreements provide for compensation to the landowner, but also require that rights-of-way be maintained according to specifications outlined by the company.  Those interested in maintenance agreements should contact the local Mon Power office for details:

Gassaway Service Center c/o Scott Vandall, Distribution Specialist 801 State Street Gassaway, WV  26624-9303 (304) 364-0249

This office has maps available for inspection showing the location of rights-of-way to be included in the spray program for 2011.  

By law, Mon Power is required to report that its contractors will be using the following herbicides: 2,4-D, triclopyr, glyphosate, picloram, fosamine, and Imazapyr.  Any questions about the herbicides should be referred to the state DOA or to the EPA.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies comprise the nation's largest investor-owned electric system.  Its diverse generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed baseload coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and has a total generating capacity of approximately 23,000 megawatts.

SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.