Eversource Energy, Western MA intends to selectively apply herbicides along the power line rights-of-ways through East Longmeadow. The treatment is conducted as a component of an integrated vegetation management program that uses the appropriate mechanical and/or herbicides treatments to control vegetation to encourage the growth of healthy early successional ecological communities that benefit wildlife while allowing for the safe delivery of electricity to customers.
Eversource Energy, Western MA's 2019-2023 Five-year Vegetation Management Plan (VMP) for Western, MA is posted at the following websites:
All the herbicides selected for this program are registered by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Pesticide Board, and are recommended for use in and around sensitive areas jointly by the Massachusetts Pesticide Bureau and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
For inquires concerning the safety of the herbicides please contact:
Director of Rights of Way Program
Department of Food & Agriculture
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114-2151