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Duke Energy Puts Chemical Tree Treatment on Hold

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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- Duke Energy decided Monday to suspend its chemical treatment of trees in the Freedom Park, Sedgefield, Plaza Midwood and Myers Park areas.

The energy company says it made this decision after receiving feedback from customers about the Cambistat program.

Cambistat is a hormone that slows tree growth. Arborists say it helps make trees stronger and healthier as well as slow limb growth.

Duke Energy was using the chemical as part of a pilot program to keep tree limbs clear of power lines, avoid routine trimming, and lower maintenance costs. Arborists say it costs more than double to trim a tree than it does to treat it with Cambistat.

Duke Energy was using a third party, Rainbow Treecare, to treat trees along an 80 mile section of power lines in the Freedom Park, Sedgefield, Plaza Midwood, and small section of Myers Park.

Duke says it treated 300 trees over the past month, reaching 30-40 miles of the 80 mile trial area.

For now, the energy company says it needs to reevaluate the program before it moves forward. It plans to look at how to better communicate with customers about what the product is, why Duke Energy is offering it, that it’s optional, and who to expect to treat the trees.

No timeline is set as to if or when the program will move forward.

Duke says it still stands by Cambistat and believes it is a good solution to keep trees off power lines, reduce the need for trimming, and lower costs.

50 homeowners have told Duke Energy they want the Cambistat treatment on their trees, but due to the stall in the program, they will not be receiving it any time soon.

Let us know what you think about this decision and the Cambistat tree treatment program. Tweet, Facebook, or email caroline.fountain@foxtv.com with your thoughts.

To reach Duke Energy with concerns or questions, call 1-800-777-9898.

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