Select Board Issues Statement Regarding Eversource’s Proposed Application of Herbicide in Brewster

In February 2021, the Town was notified by Eversource that they plan to apply herbicide along the power line rights-of-way within the Town of Brewster this year.  At their March 29 meeting, the Select Board voted to issue the following public statement:

“The Brewster Select Board has actively opposed the granting of pesticide spray authority by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to Eversource since 2015.  Since that time, the Town has not been subject to pesticide spraying within the utility right-of-way. The Town vigorously opposed the granting of pesticide spray authority by MDAR to Eversource for the five year 2018-2022 Vegetation Management Plan and, although MDAR granted Eversource such authority, the Town was not named as a spray site in subsequent Yearly Operational Plans (YOP) until 2021. In anticipation of pesticides potentially being applied in Brewster in 2021, the Town notified MDAR that doing so would result in formal litigation being instituted by Brewster against MDAR. We expect to file that litigation in Spring 2021. Further, the Town will provide written comment to MDAR objecting to Eversource’s Yearly Operational Plan to apply herbicides in Brewster in 2021 by the April 9 deadline.”