Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Greenburgh Passes Clear Cut Moratorium Resolution

The Greenburgh Town Council unanimously passed the Con Ed Transmission Line Clear Cut Moratorium Resolution at a special Tuesday night session, March 16, 2010.

The resolution, mirroring that passed by the County Board of Legislators on March 1st, was originally developed by the LORAX working group.

Yonkers and Yorktown have also passed this resolution calling on the PSC to impose a temporary cessation of clear cutting along transmission lines while simultaneously re-opening its vegetation management (VM) guidelines from 2005 so that public review and feedback may occur. The goal is to define a more environmentally friendly "tiered" VM policy for transmission utilities across the state. Such a policy update would also need to consider aesthetic impacts, property value impacts and other concerns of our local communities - while providing a reasonable effort at mitigation (for example, DEC-compliant erosion control, view shed buffer re-planting).

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