- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A utility company has postponed plans to use a chemical growth regulator on trees near power lines in Fayetteville after residents raised questions about the possible effects the substance would have on the environment.

Southwestern Electric Power Co. hired EDKO Vegetation Managers of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, to treat the trees with a growth-restraining chemical. The utility says by slowing the growth of limbs, the treatments would lessen the need to prune trees away from power lines.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1Nl2RyR ) that the utility and the city will decide on the best way to answer questions about environmental concerns and provide more information to affected landowners.

The utility says it may begin using the method elsewhere first.

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