BREWSTER took the lead in speaking up from Cape Selectmen’s and Town Council’s Offices. We urge every Cape Council to do the same!
“The Brewster Board of Selectmen once again requests that NSTAR abandon its current plan to use herbicides along rights-of-way on Cape Cod and commit to a NO-SPRAY, PESTICIDE-FREE Policy of vegetation management on Cape Cod and the Islands.….
We recognize that herbicide treatment can be less expensive in the short term; however, the use of herbicides to control vegetation growth along rights-of-way on Cape Cod is an unnecessary risk for public health and the environment. The short-term financial benefits are far outweighed by the long term liability for risks posed to precious drinking water, the health of Cape Cod communities, and the safety of workers.
We request, by virtue of this RESOLUTION, that NSTAR abandon its current plan to use herbicides along rights-of-way on Cape Cod and commit to a no-spray, pesticide-free policy of vegetation management on Cape Cod and the Islands.”