WAMU 88.5 : News

Leggett: Pepco Needs To Be More Proactive About Tree Trimming

Play associated audio
A contractor with Pepco trims back branches that are encroaching on power lines in Petworth.
Wayan Vota: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcmetroblogger/7413676924/
A contractor with Pepco trims back branches that are encroaching on power lines in Petworth.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett continues to criticize Pepco's response to Friday's storms. At the same time, he also says Pepco needs to be more aggressive with tree trimming to prevent future damage.

Since severe storms knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers in the summer of 2010, Pepco has been more aggressive with tree trimming, including in Montgomery County. That has angered many residents, who have lost shade and protection from trees.

Speaking with WAMU host Matt McCleskey this morning, Leggett said Pepco needs to do even more moving forward.

"I think some of our people need to understand that there are consequences for our failure to have those trees trimmed as often as we'd like to," he said.

Leggett says he thinks there's a middle ground that will address concerns of residents while allowing for additional trimming.

WAMU 88.5

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.