Open for Public Comment: Proposed Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Pentachlorophenol-treated Wood in VT

Pentachlorophenol, also called penta or PCP, is a chemical preservative used to treat wood utility poles used throughout Vermont and the United States. In several instances pentachlorophenol has leached from utility poles and structures and resulted in contamination. Vermont state agencies requested the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) open a docket related to this issue. The PSB opened docket #8310 authorizing a stakeholder group, facilitated by the Agency of Natural Resources, to investigate use practices associated with pentachlorophenol-treated utility poles in Vermont. This workgroup was formed in December of 2014 and was made up of representatives from the Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets, Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Health, Public Service Department, Vermont Natural Resources Council, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Treated Wood Council, the town of Monkton and several utility companies.

The group has developed a set of proposed Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the use of pentachlorophenol-treated wood and also provided conclusions and recommendations on the use of pentachlorophenol-treated wood in Vermont.  The workgroup also summarized some of the scientific, legal, economic impacts of the use of pentachlorophenol-treated wood.   The workgroup is seeking public comment on its final draft report below:

Pentachlorophenol Report - October 2015 Final Draft For Public Comment

To comment:
All comments should be submitted in writing and must be received by November 4th 2015.  Comments should be directed to Chuck Schwer, Director of the Vermont Waste Management & Prevention Division in the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Comments may be submitted via e-mail at Please indicate Docket 8310 in the subject line.

Or by mail to:
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management & Prevention Division
Attn: Chuck Schwer, Director
1 National Life Drive, Davis 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704