Sec. 22a-66k. Utilities pesticide management plan. Notice of application. (a)
Each electric company, as defined in section 16-1, shall submit a utilities pesticide
management plan to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection for
approval with the concurrence of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. A plan shall
be revised at such time as the electric company filing the plan or the commissioner
determines provided such plan shall be revised not less than once every five years.
(b) Any electric company, as defined in section 16-1, telephone company, as defined in section 16-1 or telecommunications company, as defined in section 16-1, which provides for the application of a pesticide within a right-of-way maintained by such company shall ensure that owners, occupants or tenants of buildings or dwellings that are located on property which abuts such right-of-way, or property within which such right-of-way lies, are notified at least forty-eight hours prior to the application. Notice may be made by any method, including telephone, mail or personal notification. Any such company which provides for the application of pesticides in connection with removal of trees or brush from private property shall obtain the consent of the owner, occupant or tenant of such property prior to the application. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 23-65, any such company which provides for the application of pesticides to any utility pole, after it has been installed, for purposes of maintaining, preserving or extending the useful life of the pole shall post notice of such application on each such pole.
(c) The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 setting forth the contents of a pesticide management plan. Such regulations shall include provisions for the on-site posting of a notice of a pesticide application. A notice required by such regulations may be posted at the time of or after the application, provided the time of such posting shall be sufficient to protect persons engaged in a lawful public recreational use of any unimproved real property in which such application is made.
(P.A. 87-298, S. 2; P.A. 97-97; P.A. 98-229, S. 7; P.A. 11-80, S. 1, 57.)
History: P.A. 97-97 amended Subsec. (a) to require revision of pesticide management plans every five years, added new Subsec. (b) re notice requirements for application of pesticides by utility companies, redesignated former Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (c) and made technical changes; P.A. 98-229 amended Subsec. (b) to require that notice under this section be given to occupants or tenants of certain property; P.A. 11-80 amended Subsec. (a) by changing "Commissioner of Environmental Protection" to "Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection" and changing "Public Utilities Control Authority" to "Public Utilities Regulatory Authority", effective July 1, 2011.
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