The outcome of the Wednesday morning meeting in Roanoke may determine more than just the future of AEP power line right-of-way control along a tributary of Back Creek in western Roanoke County.
If nothing else comes from the gathering of city officials, AEP officials, local advocacy groups and area neighbors, attention will be focused on the choices we make when by our action or inaction we weigh efficiency against health–specifically the known and unknown costs and risk of herbicide use near creeks and streams.
The herbicides in use (how widely used by AEP across its rather vast service region) are Clearstand-Lineage together with Krenite. Both have stated risks when used near water.
Interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting at 9:30 am at the Roanoke County Admin Bldg (Bernard Dr), in the 4th floor office of the Cave Spring Magisterial District Supervisor.