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BC Transmission Corp's wide-ranging five year Pesticide Plan

BC Transmission Corp's wide-ranging five year Pesticide Plan
by bctc.com
Anyone interested in filing an objection to BC Transmission Corp's wide-ranging five year Pesticide Plan has less than one month to respond. The same Emerson who switched to the conservatives after election as a liberal, and 25 years ago advised then Premier Bennett, during that recession to cut public spending and is now Campbell's new economic advisor, also heads BC Transmission Corp.
 
Transmission lines go along and cross many waterways, and Emerson's forte is to put the public interest last, so we can expect cost-cutting measures in the implementation of this proposal which seeks to apply copper compounds to wooden structures including bridges, helipads, poles, and fences.
 

The latest research by Dr. Nathaniel Scholz shows copper in particular impacts the ability of salmon to feed and reproduce. I will post some of that research separately but here is the Pesticide Plan which appeared in newspapers this week:

BC Transmission Corporation is the Crown corporation that plans, operates and maintains the province’s publicly-owned electrical transmission system.

Pest Management Plan No.: BCTC Wood Structure 2009-2014
Applicant:  British Columbia Transmission Corporation
Suite 1100, 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, B.C.  V7X 1V5
Attention: G. Shrimpton, Manager Vegetation/Pest Management
Tel: 604.699.7409
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The use of pesticides is intended within the area to which the pest management plan applies. The purpose of the proposed Pest Management Plan (PMP) is to treat wood structures with pesticides (“wood preservatives”) to protect and increase their service life and ensure the reliability and safety of the electrical transmission system. The wood structures include, poles and associated equipment and any wood structures eg. helipads, fences, sign posts, walkways and bridges. 
 
The PMP applies to those areas of the province-wide transmission system that utilize wood poles and structures and are managed by BC Transmission Corporation. This includes all regional districts of the province except Stikine and Central Coast.
The proposed duration of the PMP is from April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2014. The trade names and active ingredients of the wood preservatives proposed for use under this plan include: copper naphthenate combined with sodium fluoride, Cop R Plastic or equivalent; copper naphthenate combined with borax, CuRap 20 or equivalent; copper napthenate combined with copper as metal, CobraWrap or equivalent; metam sodium, Guardsman Pole and Post Fumigant or equivalent; disodium octaborate tetrahydrate Tim-Bor Professional or equivalent; solid boron rods containing disodium octaborate tetrahydrate, Impel Rods or equivalent; copper hydroxide and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate in combination, CobraRods or equivalent; and liquid (brush on) copper naphthenate, CuNap-8 or equivalent; liquid solution of disodium octaborate tetrahydrate , GenBor RTU or equivalent; liquid copper hydroxide, boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate in combination, Genics CuB or equivalent ; gelled copper hydroxide, boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate in combination, (no trade name).

The proposed manners of applying the wood preservatives include: external bandage treatments, internal liquid, powder, foam and gel treatments, external liquid treatments (brush on), internal solid treatments (rods). Other management methods include stubbing and replacing wood poles, and when installing new poles using pre-treated poles and using plastic liners.
 
 




  
 
A draft copy of the proposed PMP may be examined in detail at:
http://www.bctc.com/community/trees_vegetation/wood_pole_treatment/ and maps of the
proposed treatment areas at: http://www.bctc.com/transmission_system/maps/, or in person
at Suite 1100, 1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, B.C.  V7X 1V5  PO Box 49260.
 
A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the
development of the pest management plan, may send copies of the information to the applicant
at the address above within 30 days of the publication of this notice.


 
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