To Michael McClean, MDAR, from Jim McCauley
To Michael McClean, MDAR, from Laura Kelley
To Michael McClean, MDAR, from James R. Hild of Brewster
From James Garb, MD. to Mr .Lebeaux and Mr. McClean of MDAR, with reply
Dear Mr. Lebeaux and Mr. McClean,
The Cape is virtually unanimous in its desire to not have toxic herbicides sprayed along Eversource’s power lines, which run directly above or in close proximity to our sole source aquifer. The EPA is behind the curve when it comes to determining how hazardous these chemicals are, and they are being banned in other countries. Glyphosate has been designated a probable human carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. It is an endocrine disruptor and causes other human health problems. In addition, glyphosate causes harm to other species, including pollinators and amphibians. It disrupts the food chain and disrupts the entire ecosystem. The other herbicides used by Eversource also have significant toxicities. They are supposed to be used when wind speeds are less than 10 miles per hour, however documentation provided to us indicates that they have routinely been used when the wind speeds were much higher, resulting in considerable drift of these agents to areas where they were not intended to be applied.
Other methods of vegetation control, such as cutting and pruning, are effective and not harmful to the environment as toxic herbicides are. And other communities around the country are moving away from the use of these herbicides. Cape Cod is a fragile ecosystem and should be protected from this unnecessary application of toxic chemicals. Due to the unique environment on Cape Cod, not to mention its iconic status known for its natural beauty, we should be a leader in the use of other non-hazardous options for vegetation management.
James R. Garb, MD
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Consultant
Yarmouth Port, MA
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Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
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