2015-03-20 / Letters

What is Kennebunk waiting for?

To the editor:

Taxpayers should be aware there’s a move afoot to manually clear the undergrowth on Central Maine Power’s high-voltage right-of-way that runs through Kennebunk. While this is an admirable attempt to eliminate the use of harmful herbicides by CMP, the plan is seriously flawed.

For one thing, it will cost the taxpayers nearly $50,000, a figure that doesn’t sit well with some members of Kennebunk’s budget committee.

There is a policy in town that limits pesticide use, but only on town-owned land. There is also a proposal before the town manager and the selectmen to enact a town-wide ban on the use of these chemicals. Ogunquit already has such an enlightened ordinance in place.

Kennebunk spends an inordinate amount of money retaining consultants to presumably boost economic development, but it hasn’t considered the enormous health costs from cancers and other maladies due to these invasive chemicals. Recent studies report that many popular pesticides and herbicides are carcinogenic, active in human celltoxicity, and damaging to DNA in humans and fish.

What is Kennebunk waiting for?

Alex Mendelsohn
Kennebunk

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