In a letter sent this week to the state agricultural commissioner, APCC called on Massachusetts policy makers and Eversource Energy to pursue alternatives to the electric utility’s practice of using herbicides to control vegetation along its power line easements.
The letter was written in response to the release of Eversource’s 2016
yearly operational plan for its vegetation management program. The plan
identifies eight Cape Cod towns–Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Dennis,
Falmouth, Orleans, Sandwich and Yarmouth–where herbicide spraying is
scheduled to take place during this year’s growing season.
In the letter, APCC expressed concern about the potential adverse
environmental and human health impacts that could result from the
continued use of herbicides near Cape Cod’s sensitive natural
resource areas and drinking water supplies. Glyphosate, one of
the herbicides commonly used by Eversource, was identified as a
probable human carcinogen last year by the World Health Organization.