Our Concerns

The Concerns:
The highly probable leaching of toxic herbicides into ponds, rivers, wetlands, and well water.
Glyphosate
in RoundUp has proven to affect fertility in humans even at very low doses.
These herbicides are deathly harmful to honeybees and other natural pollinators.
Herbicides can kill vegetation around targeted areas for years after application.
NSTAR and MDAR are relying on studies showing these herbicides are “safe,” but this data is over 30 years old and the studies were conducted by the herbicide manufacturers themselves.
MA state testing has been performed for each herbicide alone but the mixture of 5 herbicides suggested for use has not been tested on Cape Cod’s sandy soil.

Action so far:
• Concerned citizens presented a petition with over 3,500 signatures to NSTAR.
   They obtained an agreement signed by boards of selectmen in all 15 Cape Cod towns that herbicides should    not be used by NSTAR on the land under power lines, which is owned by individual towns.
• Attended meetings at Massachusetts State house.
• Lobbied State Senator Dan Wolf and Representative Sarah Peake to stand strongly against NSTAR’s    Vegetation Management Plan with herbicides.
• Delahunt wrote to Washington asking for help with this issue.

The Results so far:
By presenting the facts to NSTAR about how fragile Cape Cod’s sandy environment truly is, they granted a moratorium each year for the past four years stating they will not spray herbicides that year. However, due to their recent decision to commence spraying toxic herbicides soon, we would like to convince NSTAR to change their mind and agree to not use herbicides now or any other time in the future.

What You Can Do to Help:
NSTAR allows a 45 day comment period starting August 7, 2013.
• Send your written, fact-based concerns to NSTAR.
• Place a DON’T POISON CAPE COD SIGN on your land, or persuade someone you know to do so (Contact us    to order a sign)
• Picket outside NSTAR headquarters in Hyannis.
• Forward POCCA e-blasts to help educate other Cape Codders of the importance of this issue.
• Recruit people who can help.
• Write letters to local papers.
• Sign the petition HERE
 
Detailed information on line:
NSTAR YOP = Vegetation Management Plan for 2013

NSTAR VMP 2013-2017