Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A Senate committee held a hearing last week on a bill that would protect electric companies from liability.
The pesticide, Pentachlorophenol, is used on most wooden power poles in the state. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service found elevated levels of the pesticide in soils on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation alerted utility providers that it could be held responsible.
Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche (R) proposed the bill. Democrats argue it would shift the liability from utility companies to property owners, who have no say in where the power poles are placed.