Chicago—Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd, began more than four decades ago to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Now celebrated in over 175 countries and designated by the United Nations as an International holiday, trees will be planted, rivers and waterways will be cleaned up, and school's across the world will set aside the day to talk about environmental issues. Sadly, the one area where little change has occurred in the U.S. is the use of wood poles that are treated with potentially dangerous pesticides and wood preservatives.
''Under, around, in and on every preservative-treated utility pole is a toxic site that poses a real threat to clean air, water and land,'' said a report issued by the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides. Instead of using wood poles, which are protected against decay by chemicals that are banned for many other uses, the coalition said utilities should gradually introduce alternative materials or should bury the lines.
Some utilities have begun the transition by using composite poles, manufactured by the Chicago based company, Duratel. Duratel poles are environmentally friendly, requiring no preservatives. They have proven to have significant advantages for lighting solutions, monopoles, H-frame structures for distribution and transmission applications and cross-arms.
Peter Ceko, Duratel's CEO stated that, "Duratel believes there is a real need in the country for durable, cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional utility poles. Earth Day should remind us that standard wood poles represent a technology over 100 years old and preservatives used to treat these poles, in addition to the deforestation issue, has to be addressed. Today's technology with composites opens the door for a positive change."
In addition to the environmental advantages, Duratel poles have proven to outperform wood poles across numerous categories. The poles have a significantly longer life, are easier to install and require virtually no maintenance. Again, they do not leach toxic chemicals and can be safely recycled at the end of their lifespan. While the average wood pole last up to 30 to 40 years, Duratel poles are designed for an 80+ year service life While a typical 45' Class 3 wood pole weighs about 1475 lbs; an equivalent Duratel pole only weighs approximately 450 lbs, or about one-third the weight of the wood pole. In the case of the Duratel poles, lower weight means easier handling and reduced transportation and installation costs.
Duratel is a manufacturer of reinforced, composite utility distribution, transmission and lighting pole products. Duratel's line of environmentally-friendly products emphasize quality, value, reliability, safety and performance. Duratel is made in the USA.
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