3.8 APPLICATION OF HERBICIDES, PESTICIDES, FERTILIZERS OR SALT
The Commission prohibits the use of pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides within the 100 foot buffer and prohibits the use of salts, quick release pesticides, quick release fertilizers and quick release herbicides within the 200 foot buffer.
The only exemptions to these regulations are the application of herbicides within the buffer zone to a resource area, and application of salt in areas for the express interest of public safety where no other measures are adequate or practicable. The herbicide exemption applies only if the work is performed in accordance with such plans as are required by the Department of Food and Agriculture pursuant to 333CMR 11.00. Rights of Way Management shall apply only if the person proposing such activity has requested and obtained a determination of the boundaries of the buffer zone and areas subject to protection and has submitted that determination as part of the vegetation management plan. The salt exemption must be brought before the Commission using an RDA application prior to seasonal needs. Such exemptions are allowed for public utilities for work on structures or facilities used in the service of the public. Notification of aquatic or terrestrial herbicide treatment, to the Commission, the local board of selectmen and local board of health, is required at least 30 days in advance of the treatment.