By Rich Eldred
Posted Feb 07, 2011 @ 10:26 AM
BARNSTABLE — The county’s Ad Hoc Committee on Vegetation Management concluded last Friday with a generally favorable assessment of NStar’s plan to spray power line rights of way to control tree growth beneath the lines.
“After months of testimony and review of all presentations made to the committee, the committee supports the implementation of the Integrated Pest Management Plan as here-in presented by NStar,” moved Leo Cakounes of the Cape and Islands Farm Bureau.
That recommendation, the fifth and last, passed by an 8-3-2 vote with three members of the committee (Sue Phelen of GreenCAPE, Jared Collins of Cape Cod for a Truly Green NStar and Laura Kelley of Littlefield Landscapes) in opposition.
The first four recommendations, originally proposed by Cakounes last month and passed by the committee, were included in the committee’s final “white paper” that will be presented to local towns and boards.
Those recommendations conceded NStar is operating within the law; declared the group would write the Environmental Protection Agency asking it to review the chemicals to be used and their potential migration in Cape soils; that county commissioners create a new subcommittee to research an