In early 2013 NSTAR (EVERSOURCE) announced plans to commence spraying toxic herbicides beneath power lines in order to control vegetation across Cape Cod. Originally planned to begin in September 2013, delays due to public concerns held it off for a few months. In the past they would cut and mow the vegetation, now they were going to use herbicides, which translates into a swath of land 150 miles along the backbone of the Cape and 200 feet wide—too many square miles of our land—potentially being poisoned, when there are safe alternatives.
POCCA began a process requesting NSTAR (EVERSOURCE) to review the latest scientific information and to voluntarily advocate the precautionary principle* in the application of toxic herbicides to land under power lines due to already strained waste-water and drinking water issues that Cape Cod currently deals with. Though there are Massachusetts laws governing vegetation management state-wide, and the state agencies have decided to allow the use of herbicides on Cape Cod, we believe that Cape Cod should be treated as a different region because of it’s unique geological composition. With no rivers or reservoirs, all of our Cape Cod water comes from the ground. Anything that is applied to the surface of this precious ground leaches into the water table, contaminating our drinking water.
Here it is folks, EVERSOURCE’s announcement:
They will be spraying towns on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.
SPRAYING was scheduled to begin the week of Sept.14, 2015. It began. It is scheduled to begin again as early as September/October 2016!
Please contact our Governor Charlie Baker to voice your concerns right now. Thank you for your participation in helping to halt the spraying, spread the word, and educate the community.
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE
The best thing you can do is continue to inform your circle. Help create a greater outreach and allow more people to be aware of the situation.
We are asking EVERSOURCE to consider Cape Cod as a special case and to reconsider their decision to apply herbicides to vegetation under the power lines. We invite them to become an industry leader in promoting safe practices to protect residents and the environment and to partner with us in protecting the environment.
We are at the tipping point. We must not increase our use of toxic chemicals on Cape Cod, we need to start reducing it, and EVERSOURCE can be a leader in this initiative. Just because Mass state laws allow the application of toxic herbicides to the land for vegetation control, this does not mean that they are mandated to use them. They have a choice, and we ask EVERSOURCE to make the right choice—the choice that is a safe choice for Cape Cod and its residences.
* The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an act.
The Right Way to Vegetation Management: A review of selected pest management policies and programs on rights-of-ways. Click HERE to read document.
Have You Protested EVERSOURCE’S Plan Yet? Click HERE.
For information on credible health studies, please click HERE
to learn about the harmful effects of glyphosate, the chemical used in the herbicide Roundup. The herbicide RoundUp is one of 5 herbicides NSTAR plans to use.
For all who wish to see EVERSOURCE’s Vegetation Management Plan Click HERE:
NSTAR 2013 – 2017 VMP (Vegetation Management Plan)