Environmental Awareness

Stay in tune with POCCA efforts!!

March 9th, 2017

POCCA is moving forward with efforts, hop on board with us!
Sign our petition  & make a donation. Forward this page to your friends!
Come meet us at our event this coming Sunday! Information below!

 

March 27th, 2017 at 5PM is the DEADLINE
Send your fact-based comment by email to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) so that they will stand again Eversource from spraying on our precious aquifer!

POCCA’s team is moving forward with efforts towards educating our Cape Cod community!

1). Cape herbicide court case awaits ruling
March 8th, 2017
2). Interview on WOMR

WOMR Interview with POCCA for International Women’s Day

3). Interview on Cape Media

Channel 99 for Comcast Customers
3/8 at 5:30 PM
3/10 at 1:30 PM
3/10 at 8:00 PM
3/11 at 10:00 AM
3/13 at 9:48 PM

Or watch here:
Inside Cape Cod: Protect our Cape Cod Aquifer Interview

The Eversource 2017 Yearly Operational Plan (YOP) lists the following ten Cape towns identified for spraying:

Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Falmouth, Harwich, Orleans, Sandwich, and Yarmouth.

It is important to make your voice heard at this time by contacting these people using FACT-BASED comments:

Contact the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), but keep in mind that only fact-based comments will be considered by MDAR. (* See examples of fact-based comments below.)

Mike McClean, Chief Pesticide Inspector, MDAR:
617-626-1781
251 Causeway St., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Michael.mcclean@state.ma.us

Also CC our Senator:
Julian Cyr, Senator 
Julian@juliancyr.com
Rachel.lake@masenate.gov

PLEASE NOTE:  Any property owner who has a private well along the electrical rights-of-way and has not yet notified Eversource Energy, please contact Eversource and ask to be exempt from herbicide applications this year.

Are you an Abutter to power lines?
You can call William Hayes at Eversource (781) 441-3932 before March 27th and ask to become exempt from herbicide application on your land.

Examples of fact-based comments about herbicides Eversource plans to use;

“Eversource should not spray herbicides along the power lines of Cape Cod because……
• Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is designated a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
• Glyphosate can cause acute poisoning, kidney and liver damage, endocrine disruption, genotoxicity, neurological damage, immune system dysfunction.
• Glyphosate residues are widespread in the environment, including in rainwater, surface and ground waters and the marine environment.
• Glyphosate has many documented adverse effects on the ecosystem, including effects on honey bees and other pollinators, effects on amphibians and butterflies, effects on soil fertility, biological controls and crop health.  It disrupts the entire ecosystem and the entire food chain.
• Garlon 4 and triclopyr are toxic to fish.
• Fosamine ammonium is hazardous to  humans domestic animals.
• Metsulfuron affects plants in extremely low doses and is affected by drift from wind.
• Imazapyr persists in soil and is not supposed to be used near or around water.
If they reach our aquifer, these toxins are difficult or impossible to remove.”

We have until March 27th, 2017 at 5PM to write a fact-based comment!

Our mission at POCCA is to educate residents, businesses, and public agencies of Cape Cod about how to keep our drinking water safe by eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals in our environment.

Thank you for acting on this important matter at this time.

Please cc your email comments to poccacapecod@gmail.com

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