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Pesticide News Story: EPA Signs MOU with Edison Electric and Federal Agencies to Reduce Pesticide Use on Rights-of-Way

For Release: May 26, 2006

EPA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Edison Electric Institute and five federal agencies to establish sound Integrated Vegetation Management practices in order to reduce adverse impacts to the environment and the public while ensuring reliable electrical service.

Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) practices reduce the need for pesticides, promote healthy ecosystems, and provide measurable results, such as greater natural species diversity along rights-of-ways and better control of invasive species.  IVM also prevents wildfires around utility rights-of-way and improves power line safety and electric utility worker safety.

The federal agencies involved in the MOU include the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service of the Department of the Interior. The MOU will support these federal agencies by providing practical, sustainable, and cost-effective policies, procedures, and practices that will reduce risks to the environment and the public, while ensuring safe, reliable, and uninterrupted electrical services to customers.

Edison Electric Institute is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and industry associates worldwide. EEI's members serve 71 percent of all electric utility customers in the nation.

The MOU complies with a White House Executive Order (13212-May 2001) for federal agencies and departments to coordinate and cooperate on energy-related projects.  You can learn more about "Integrated Vegetation Management Practices Around Utility Rights-of-Way" and the MOU at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/grants/eei_integrated_mgmt.htm.   A copy of the MOU is available at http://www.eei.org/.

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