Now that penta production is slated to cease December 2021, electric utilities will want to decide what to use in 2022 and beyond. The next generation utility pole is here with innovations that benefit pole treaters, utilities, linemen and the environment. UltraPole™ NXT is an oil-borne preservative that makes poles easy to climb. The active ingredient in UltraPole NXT and UltraArm NXT is not a Restricted Use Pesticide and is not persistent in soil. UltraPole NXT and UltraArm NXT have low to no odor. UltraPole NXT and UltraArm NXT use less energy, fossil fuels, and water to produce; with lower ecotoxicity than other materials used in poles. UltraPole NXT and UltraArm NXT have a wider range of disposal options at the end of life. UltraPole NXT and UltraArm NXT are the only oil-borne preservative-treated poles and crossarms with a 50-year limited warranty. DCOI, the active ingredient in UltraPole NXT and UltraArm NXT, earned the EPA's President's Green Chemistry Challenge Award in 1996 for its use as an alternative to tributyltin (TBT) compounds in marine antifoulant coatings. DCOI is also the active ingredient in Ecolife®, the best performing, non-metal based, above-ground residential deck preservative on the market. DCOI is also used in water treatment, paints and coatings, adhesives, vinyl roof membranes, vinyl flooring, marine upholstery, outdoor furniture and shower curtains for example. DCOI is stable and leach resistant. DCOI is effective against wood decay fungi and termites.
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