Letter: Greed in the weeds

Published: 9/10/2019 12:01:15 AM

The gods of Irony and Common Sense are not amused. Two side-by-side headlines, “Chemical herbicides to be sprayed by utility” and “Sununu signs bill addressing PFAs in NH,” on page one (Monitor, Sept 4) leave me gobsmacked.

While the government does the right thing, for once, in signing a bill banning “older stock” of PFAs because of groundwater contamination, Unitil will spray the herbicide glyphosate, a known carcinogen leading to non-Hodgkins’s lymphoma, along Interstate 93 to control invasive plants and trees too close to power lines. Uh, isn’t the Merrimack River close to I-93? And, does Unitil think the river is sheathed in some kind of protective barrier, like the longest condom ever?

Trump’s EPA (read: lavishly serviced by chemical and drug companies) denies Roundup’s role in causing cancer, yet Bayer/Monsanto lost three lawsuits to the tune of fines of $289 million, $80 million and $2 billion in 2018 (the only difference between Roundup and Rodeo is the surfactant: the former is oil-based, the latter water-based; oil-based liquids hang around longer).

Sounds like Unitil is equally serviced by Dow (another evil company: remember Agent Orange?), Rodeo’s maker, as well. But why stop with Rodeo? Why not do the job once and for all with Agent Orange? I’m sure Dow would rejoice.

Of course, using a sane and non-toxic solution like goats simply doesn’t enter their minds. But what does concern for the environment matter to companies whose sole concern is enriching stockholders? Fie on all of them.



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