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Press Release

GreenCAPE Releases Survey of Candidate’s Positions on Cape Water Issues

Post Date- August 29, 2018

Media contact:
Sue Phelan --508.362.5927, 508.494.0276

GreenCAPE, a Cape-based grassroots non-profit, released the results of a survey today detailing the views of candidates currently running for Cape and Islands public office. The mission of GreenCAPE rests on the premise that public awareness is the most effective of all the long-term forces for influencing the health of the Cape environment, residents, fisheries, and the local tourist economy. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization GreenCAPE does not endorse or contribute to candidates but conducted this survey and published the results for the benefit of GreenCAPE members and the public so they might be more fully informed when making decisions regarding candidates in the upcoming elections.

The brief survey focused on local health and environment issues relating to:1-the controversial herbicide spraying on private property by the public utility Eversource; 2-the contamination of the Hyannis drinking water supply with perfluorinated compounds; 3-the potential problems with certain wastewater disposal options from contaminated effluent and sludge.

GreenCAPE’s candidate survey for major races directly affecting Cape Cod and Islands revealed that the majority of all respondents- with one exception- would join the towns of Barnstable County in opposing NSTAR herbicide spraying of electric utility rights-of-way on private and municipal property. (All 15 Cape towns previously passed non-binding resolutions opposing the Eversource herbicide spraying). Most support non-chemical methods of maintenance above the Cape’s EPA-designated Sole-Source Aquifer. None of the survey responders were opposed to non-chemical means of maintaining the electrical easements and most encouraged the use of alternative methods in lieu of herbicides. All responders support the thorough cleanup of the fire training academy site which has leached perfluorinated chemicals into the Hyannis drinking water supply. Most respondents supported the placement of more monitoring wells and voluntary blood testing for the population served by the affected wells. Expanding the capability of the County Laboratory to include testing for perfluorinated compounds and other contaminants of emerging concern was also supported.  Many survey respondents expressed concern about the proposed ocean outfall pipes for wastewater effluent and land application of sewage sludge from Cape wastewater treatment plants and saw merit in higher levels of treatment to eliminate re-contamination of the Cape environment and sole-source aquifer.

Despite several opportunities to respond, candidates of all stripes running for the House of Representatives barely responded. Second Barnstable District candidates Paul Cusack (D) and incumbent William Crocker, Jr. (R), failed to respond. Third Barnstable District incumbent candidate David Vieira (R) running unopposed, did not respond. Democratic incumbents running unopposed in the Fourth Barnstable District -Sarah Peake- and Barnstable, Dukes & Nantucket District -Dylan Fernandes- sent no responses. Ron Beaty, Jr. (R), candidate for the Fifth Barnstable House of Representatives seat responded to the survey: “The questions posed are geared to the County, of which I am a County Commissioner, and NOT toward the state legislator position for which I am presently running. For this reason, I decline to answer the questions.”

No candidate for the 2 State Senate seats responded to our survey, including Stephen Palmer, Deborah Rudolf, John Flores, and the incumbents Julian Cyr (Cape & Islands) and Vinny deMacedo (Plymouth & Barnstable).

 

The responses (and non-responses) from candidates vying for the MA Governor, U.S Senate-MA 9th Congressional District, First Barnstable District House of Representatives, Fifth Barnstable District House of Representatives and Barnstable County Commissioner races follow below each survey question.

 

 

                                                                             Survey Questions

 

(By your “support”, we mean that, assuming other details of potential action are not inconsistent with your principles, you would sponsor, cosponsor, vote for, request, sign, testify in favor of, or otherwise publicly support the following and potential related legislation.  For those seeking election to offices other than the state legislature, we also ask if you would support specific local action related to the issue.  We invite you to elaborate on each answer, such as explaining the reasoning behind your position or any special insights you may have on the issue based on your personal background or experience.)
 


Issue #1 Background: Eversource Rights-of-Way Spraying.  All 15 Cape Cod towns have passed resolutions requesting the public utility NSTAR/ Eversource to permanently abandon herbicides to clear vegetation on the utility rights-of-way (aka easements). These easements are on lands held by municipalities or private landowners who are not all agreeable to the spraying of their properties. 78% of public water supplies on Cape are potentially impacted by this annual spraying program. No baseline water testing has been conducted and no water monitoring for this suite of chemicals is planned.    Past electric utilities have successfully maintained control of vegetation on their Cape and Islands easements without employing herbicides on privately held lands above the aquifer.

       1a      If elected-would you join all 15 towns of Barnstable County in actively opposing the herbicide spraying of electric utility rights-of-way on private and municipal property above the Cape water supply? Answer:   Yes or   No    -    Explanation

Governor of MA:

Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D)-Yes- I have spent much of my adult life on sustainability, including leading Ceres, a national coalition of virtually all of the major environmental groups in America that tackled major chemical companies like Monsanto and Dow Chemical. I have fought the reckless dispersal of harmful products into our food and environment for decades, including bovine somatotropin in milk and both RoundUp pesticide and genetically modified Roundup Ready seeds. Herbicide use is not a sustainable practice, with increasing concerns over accumulation of herbicides in the food supply and in human tissue. Further complicating the use of herbicides is the fact that many weeds have already developed resistance to them. There are safer alternatives such as planting native vegetation, using mechanical, biological and nontoxic vegetation control methods, which can be effective in reducing and eliminating the need for pesticide applications.

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)-Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:


Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)- Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason (D)- Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)- Yes- I have already been active in this area, joining with Laura Kelly and POCCA to testify before the Massachusetts Dept of Agricultural Resources against Eversource’s VMP and YOP.

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)Yes- We live on a peninsula with a sole source aquifer. To use chemicals in order to control vegetation growth is lazy solution for a simple task. It might be a bit costlier to use a non-chemical alternative; however, this is something we must do in such an environmentally sensitive region.

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Barnstable County Commissioner:   
                              

Leo Cakounes (R)(Incumbent)-No- I believe at this time more study in our area needs to be done, in 2011 I was on a review board that concluded local testing should be done in our soils and environment. I was NOT a commissioner at the time and sorry to report that No studies have accrued. If elected I will pursue a in-depth study on travel of pesticides in our soils as recommended by the committee. This is a larger problem than Rites of Ways and should be addressed as Cape wide issue including homeowners and total use of these products on Cape Cod.

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




       1b     If elected-how would you promote and support the use of non-chemical alternatives for rights-of-way vegetation control that do not pose a threat to the water supply, tourist economy, fisheries, and the health of residents of the Cape and Islands? Answer:   Yes or   No      -    Explanation

Governor of MA:

Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D) Yes- I would immediately direct MassDOT, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and the Department of Public Utilities to conduct a joint survey of all state and local government authorities and utilities that were using, or contracting with third parties to use, herbicides. I would then appoint a lead agency to undertake an effort to replace herbicide use with alternative practices. Some of these practices may be more labor intensive, but this would be good for the local economy, using tax dollars to pay workers to manage weed control, rather than sending funds out of state to a chemical producer of herbicides.

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)-Yes- "Planting native vegetation, using mechanical, biological and nontoxic vegetation control methods are effective nontoxic solutions. Creating and encouraging stable, low-maintenance vegetation is a more permanent vegetation management strategy. The establishment of desirable plant species that can out-compete undesirable species requires little maintenance and meets threquirements…https://www.beyondpesticides.org/assets/media/documents/infoservices/pesticidesandyou/documents/UpdatedROW.pdf

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason (D)-Yes-by providing data to support the negative impacts of herbicides while promoting safer options that would have similar or more effective results.

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes -I would support changes to the Massachusetts General Laws that would give our towns more say in this matter and support at minimum stronger labeling requirements on glyphosate. Strictly from the perspective of a state rep, I’d like to look at grant money that could go to the county and our towns to promote education on alternative means to promote vegetation control.

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:


Jack Stanton(D)-Yes- We live on a peninsula with a sole source aquifer. To use chemicals in order to control vegetation growth is lazy solution for a simple task. It might be a bit costlier to use a non-chemical alternative; however, this is something we must do in such an environmentally sensitive region.

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner:


Leo Cakounes (R) (Incumbent) (Yes)- I have been an organic farmer on Cape Cod for 20 years now. I have promoted and been involved in the use of Goats for power line clearing long before any issues of the rights of way came up, I will continue to do so. Clear cutting with power machines has been an alternative, however I do not support this method with out review, It has been experienced on my Farm abutting the power lines the devastation this method can in[pact not only wildlife ( Rabbits and Turtles) but clear Cutting will NOT promote GOOD growth of meadows and non wanted species.                                 

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




       1c    Have you accepted- or would you accept- campaign contributions from NSTAR/Eversource, Northeast Utilities, or any of its affiliates? If “yes”, please specify the amount. Answer:   Yes  or   No    -     Explanation

Governor of MA:

Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D)- No- From the very start of my campaign, I have refused all corporate contributions, including contributions from utilities and their affiliates. I have been a lifelong advocate of campaign finance reform, I fought hard for the Clean Elections ballot election 20 years ago that passed and then was gutted by the state legislature, and I believe that corporate influence on our political discourse today is corrupting our democracy. I also support the removal of all current Department of Public Utilities (DPU) commissioners with close ties to the utility industry. The utility industry has demonstrated refused to act in the public interest and the DPU has failed to act on the behalf of the residents of the Commonwealth to curb that behavior. I will change that.

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D) No- We are 100% grassroots funded and only accepting individual donations - no corporate donations accepted.

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-No

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason-(D)- No

Steven Leibowitz (D)-No- They probably are not very fond of me.

Timothy Whelan (R) incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)-No

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner:

Leo Cakounes ( R) (Incumbent)-No- I would NOT accept any donations from companies or large Firms such as you state, my donations are from grass root citizens of Cape Cod.                                  

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




Issue #2 Background:  The Town of Barnstable Public Drinking Water.  
  Contamination of several Hyannis wells with perfluorinated alkyl substances (aka PFASs) leaching from the Barnstable Fire and Rescue Training Academy/ Barnstable Municipal Airport have polluted groundwater and drinking water wells which supply water for the largest city on Cape Cod. PFAS-contaminated soils remain on the sites and are subject to erosion from weather events and firefighter training. Earlier this year the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ATSDR published new Minimum Risk Levels/ MRLs for PFOA and PFOS (the 2 most prevalent PFASs out of more than 14,000 PFASs) which were 6.7 and 10 times lower, respectively, than comparable values developed by EPA for their latest Health Advisory of May 2016. (An MRL is a measure of how much of a chemical a person can be exposed to each day without it causing health effects and encompasses exposures from all sources.) In addition to being less protective than the ATSDR MRLs, the EPA Health Advisory is not an enforceable standard. Once the perfluorinated chemicals are federally designated as hazardous substances, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) would authorize federal natural resource agencies to recover damages caused by hazardous substances and would fund the cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances and pollutants.
 

         2a       If elected-would you support a thorough cleanup of the county fire training site to eliminate continued contamination and reduce the related expenses of filters, regular water analyses, pump-and-treat system maintenance, water purchase from other systems, and the installation of new wells?  Answer:   Yes or   No     -    Explanation

Governor of MA:

Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D)- Yes- The can has been kicked down the road long enough. It is time the state accepts its responsibility to protect Massachusetts residents from PFAOA and PFOS chemicals and avoid burdening future generations with a potentially more expensive cleanup task.

Republican incumbent Randy Hunt and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)- Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:


Joshua Mason-(D)- Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)-Yes

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner: 

Leo Cakounes (R) (Incumbent) :   Yes- I am proud that one of my first actions as a County Commissioner was to promote, not only the stopping the practice of use of fire fighting foam, but put the public safety first and foremost to clean up the site. The Town and County have entered a settlement agreement that dose just that. I will continue to support that settlement agreement.

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




2b      Do you support more extensive and frequent monitoring of the fire training site to insure no further pollution reaches the well fields providing public drinking water? Answer:   Yes  or  No    -     Explanation

Governor of MA:

Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D- Yes- Because of the unwise reduction in our state income rate, we have slashed environmental spending by nearly 40% over 20 years in real dollar terms. Massachusetts state government has over the last two decades short-changed its ability to test lakes, streams and rivers across the state. While MWRA funding for water supply testing has been maintained, MassDEP’s capabilities have been limited. I intend to restore funding to MassDEP to provide needed technical support for, and carry out more extensive and more frequent monitoring of, the fire training site and other sites around the state where similar concerns may exist. We have seen the lesson of Michigan’s drinking water contamination and inadequate testing and disclosure. We don’t need to repeat those mistakes in Massachusetts. 

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)- Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:


Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason-(D)-Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)-Yes

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner:

Leo Cakounes (R) (Incumbent)- No-The monitoring plan currently being performed at the FTA site is adequate. We only have 5 acres on that site and have 75 test wells, compared at the Airport that has 100 plus acres and only 2 test wells. I would encourage more testing at the Airport site.                                

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




         2c     If elected- will you support water testing and monitoring for PFASs in other Cape towns that did not benefit from the UCMR3 testing (towns with populations less than 10,000)? Answer:   Yes or  No   -      Explanation

Governor of MA:

Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D)- Yes

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)- Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason-(D)- Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:


Jack Stanton(D)-Yes

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner: 


Leo Cakounes ( R)- Yes- This is a contaminate that I believe will be found throughout the Cape, it source is far more than just fire fighting foam. I believe the Feds and State will soon mandate Public Wells be tested for this.                               

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




               2d     If elected-will you support blood testing for perfluorinated chemicals (PFASs) and  biomonitoring of the affected population served by the Hyannis Public Drinking Water System given the health information in the EPA’s Supporting Documents for Drinking Water Health Advisories for PFOS and PFOA  and the more recently published MA DEP Guidance Values for 5 PFASs included in the Unregulated Chemical Monitoring Rule?Answer:   Yes  or  No    -     Explanation 

Governor of MA:


Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D)-Yes- This question, and many of the others in this questionnaire pertain to decision-making related to environmental risks. Will we take precautions when confronted with possible health risks? Or after having failed to take those precautions, and now faced with exposure to potentially harmful chemicals, will we act to curtail past practices, institute new safety monitoring or take other remedial actions to limit or remove harmful chemicals that were released into the environment? We need to ask ourselves, “How did we get to this place, where we are only now reluctantly recognizing the possible or probable environmental and public health consequences of past decision-making on the environment and on public health in particular? Unfortunately, we cannot say we got to this point by accident, or that it is a total surprise. We are in this situation because our national and state environmental policies concerning the management of environmental risk have failed us. In countless instances, we have allowed chemicals into our environment, without adequate safety testing, sometimes despite being aware of potential or probable harm to public health. This has happened in part because we have failed to consistently adhere to the “Precautionary Principle” in environmental science. This principle, widely applied by European institutions and countries, states that where there are “threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.” In other words, despite scientific uncertainty, when faced with significant possible risks, doing nothing because we lack certainty, is an unacceptable response. For example, if use of a chemical could contaminate Hyannis’ public water supplies and adversely affect public health, we should act to prevent this risk, without requiring scientific certainty about the nature of the risk. But in too many instances, with pressure from big corporations or other interested parties, we have allowed hazardous chemicals into our environment, bowing to financial pressures and ignoring the Precautionary Principle. The Precautionary Principle was first endorsed by the world community in 1982 when the World Charter for Nature was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, and first implemented on an international scale in the Montreal Protocol in 1987 which addressed concerns about the earth’s ozone layer. The principle was later integrated with many other legally binding international treaties such as the Rio Declaration and Kyoto Protocol. [See the European Union’s Science for Environment Policy, FUTURE BRIEF: The precautionary principle: decision-making under uncertainty, September 2017 Issue181].In many instances, we can trace our public policy mistakes to events that happened decades earlier before the Precautionary Principle existed, like the actions that allowed GE to dump PCBs into the Housatonic River. Other examples, like the decisions around the Flint, MI public water supply are very recent. The fact is, we should know better, we should act to prevent the risk of harm. And if we failed to do that, we should act at the earliest opportunity to reduce the harm or potential harm done. Delaying action to address risk of harm and delaying action to limit that harm once confirmed, virtually always results in higher societal costs and more severe public health consequences. If elected, I intend to be the People’s Governor and in that capacity will ensure that a Massie administration regularly invoke this principle to protect the environment and public health, to take remedial actions at the earliest possible opportunity and to act responsibly to help reduce the future costs of environmental cleanups

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)Yes- But only on a voluntary basis.

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:


Joshua Mason-(D)- Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes- From a state perspective, I would encourage the Dept of Public Health to be involved with this.

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)-Yes

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner:


Leo Cakounes ( R) (incumbent) - Yes- However the cost for these test should not be burdened on the County or Town.  I would appreciate more information on this question. As I said in previous answer, I believe that this chemical is more prevalent than we think, so to just to target on one site and the Fire Foam as the only input in our water I think would be non productive to truly finding and identifying all the sources.                                

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




2e     If elected-will you support the use of the Barnstable County laboratory to monitor for pesticides and other contaminants of emerging concern -such as PFASs- in the local drinking water supply, in wastewater effluent and sludge, and in locally caught fish? Answer:   Yes  or   No   -      Explanation


Governor of MA:


Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D)- Yes- The Barnstable County laboratory already has responsibility to routinely test public water supplies on Cape Cod for bacteriological, inorganic and chemical parameters to ensure compliance with State and Federal Safe Drinking Water Act standards. It is reasonable to request that they include testing for PFAS in the drinking water supply, and because of concerns about spreading of these chemicals into the environment to extend those tests to waste treatment and to local commercial fish catches. 

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)- Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason-(D)-Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes-Absolutely. One of the untalked about impending environmental crises we are facing locally and nationally is access to safe water, for a variety of reasons. The health risk is enormous, we need to pay more attention to this.

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)-Yes- This is a perfect example of making use of some terrific resources we have here in Barnstable County.

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner: 

Leo Cakounes (R)(Incumbent) - Yes- Currently as County Commissioner I have, and will continue to support the Lab installing and upgrading our equipment to test for not only PFOS but many Chemicals of Concern. The County Lab should be used to maximum extent and service all the Towns to limit there expense of sending samples of Cape Labs.                                

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




               2f     If elected-will you vote to authorize monies for additional public drinking water wells to be sited in unpolluted areas if deemed necessary? Answer:   Yes   or   No   -      Explanation

Governor of MA:


Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D) Yes- If new wells are necessitated by military uses of PFAS, I would also work with our congressional delegation to seek federal funds to offset these costs.

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)- Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason-(D)- Yes-however before making that investment, we need to evaluate whether our current wells can be restored and reused.

Steven Leibowitz (D) -Yes-If it is a matter that comes before the State Legislature.

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)-Yes

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner:

Leo Cakounes (R) (Incumbent)- No-This question dose not pertain to County Government, so as County Commissioner I do not think we should subsidize Towns well explorations, However for the record I do support Towns and Water Departments exploring new sites. Also DEEPER, currently many wells at 30 foot down water table, I believe municipal wells should be at least 100 deep.  I would support the County  aiding Towns in seeking Grant s from all available sources for this effort                                

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




        2g     Will you support relief from regulations requiring the use of PFAS-containing AFFF firefighting foam and substitute only with fluorine-free surfactants, such as currently used in the European Union? Answer:   Yes   or   No    -     Explanation


Governor of MA:


Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D) Yes- Fluorine-free surfactants have been available in Europe for 16 years and proven their effectiveness in firefighting. They are fully biodegradable and as a result, do not accumulate in the environment. There is every reason to hasten this transition in Massachusetts. While the US military persists in its use of PFAS-containing AFFF firefighting foam, there is ample research to demonstrate the effectiveness of fluorine-free foams ability to put out fires within standard test threshold (typically 60 seconds for a jet fuel fire). As governor, I will work to provide relief to and amend regulations that today require the use of PFAS containing AFFF firefighting foam, transitioning to fluorine-free surfactants on the shortest feasible schedule

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District
:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)- Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes- Yes, as long as those alternative surfactants are determined to be safe.

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason-(D)- Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)-Yes

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner: 

Leo Cakounes (R) (Incumbent)- Yes - ABSOLUTELY, and for the record, as County Commissioner I supported the law suit against the manufacture of the Fire Fighting Foam containing PFOS.  Update will are currently in Court.                               

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




       2h     Will you support the federal designation of any and all perfluorinated substances (including, but not limited to, PFOS and PFOA) as hazardous substances to allow for cleanup activities under Superfund (a United States federal government program designed to fund the cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances and pollutants) --which would also make it more likely that the Office of the  MA Attorney General could successfully sue the polluters and recover some of the expenses related to these contaminated sites? Answer:   Yes  or  No   /  Explanation

Governor of MA:


Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D) Yes- I would work with our state’s congressional delegation to advance our interests in public health and sustainable land use practices, providing them with the information needed to press for changes at the federal level. 

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)- Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)(Incumbent)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason-(D)-Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:


Jack Stanton(D)-Yes

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner: 
 

Leo Cakounes (R) (Incumbent)- Yes- As County Commissioner I supported legislation to a apply for funds to aide the Town of Barnstable and the County in our clean up efforts.                              

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.




Issue #3 Background: Drinking Water/ Wastewater: Cape Cod’s final Section 208 Areawide Water Quality Management Plan Update was developed as a watershed-based approach to restore embayment water quality on Cape Cod. The plan recommends strategies, regulatory reforms and a process for communities to reduce or eliminate excess nitrogen-- the primary cause of degraded conditions. However, conventional water and wastewater infrastructure approaches—including big-pipe water, storm water, and wastewater conveyance and large treatment plants—may not be environmentally or fiscally sustainable into the future.



       3   Recognizing that pharmaceuticals, metals, pesticides and other persistent pollutants (e.g. PFASs) from wastewater treatment plants can be redistributed in effluent and sludge and thus can re-contaminate drinking water, humans, farm/garden products, fish and wildlife, will you support alternatives to the proposed ocean outfalls for wastewater effluent and land-based applications of sewage sludge from Cape wastewater treatment plants and support instead secondary, tertiary, or quaternary wastewater treatment or alternative biological systems as necessary determined by certified laboratory analyses?  Answer:   Yes  or  No  -     Explanation

Governor of MA:


Robert (Bob) K. Massie (D)-Yes- I understand the health hazard that PFASs represent, and the difficulty of addressing these hazards once the chemicals are released into the broader environment. We can either act now to remediate these issues before they get more expensive to address or allow them to become the kind of problems we face today in the Housatonic River. We need to act responsibly now and treat and decontaminate waste at the least expensive point to reduce future decades of health impacts and even larger potential costs. Closing our eyes to these problems will not make them go away or result in their being less expensive to treat after decades of unrestrained corporate pollution or government inaction. For those reasons, I would support alternatives to releasing the PFASs in ocean discharge of single-stage treated wastewater, once identified. I am aware that depending on concentrations and other factors, that certain treatment steps could remove as much as 90% of the PFASs in wastewater.

Incumbent Charles D. Baker (R), Scott Lively (R) and Jay Gonzalez(D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. 9th Congressional District:

Bill Cimbrelo (D)- Yes

Incumbent William Keating (D) and Peter Tedeschi (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren (D)-Yes

Geoff Diehl (R), John Kingston (R), Beth Lindstrom (R), Shiva Ayyadurai (I), John Devine (I), and Joshua Ford (I) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 1st Barnstable:

Joshua Mason-(D)- Yes

Steven Leibowitz (D)-Yes- I have attended presentations by Silent Spring, on their work on our water quality and what they are finding. I support strong measures to remediate our delicate ecosystem. One very specific thing I have proposed is to expand a state loan program on septic systems. If your septic fails, you qualify for a low cost loan from a state program. I would like that expanded to include people who have an older system that still technically passes, but they wish to upgrade their system to better protect our groundwater. People want to do more when they find out that in some places, like in my own town of Brewster, groundwater is less than 10 feet from the surface. Information like that is impactful and needs to be better known. I’m proud to have been endorsed so far by the Sierra Club of MA and POCCA. I look forward to serving in the Legislature and pushing them past these half moves they approve, and recognize that every day, every month, every year we don’t respond, makes the challenge more difficult and costly.

Timothy Whelan (R)incumbent declined to participate in the candidate survey.

Candidates for State Representative, 5th Barnstable:

Jack Stanton(D)-Yes

Incumbent Randy Hunt (R) and Ronald Beaty, Jr. (R) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 Barnstable County Commissioner: 

Leo Cakounes ( R) (Incumbent): Yes- Once again as your current County Commissioner I have and will continue to support the County Alternative Septic Testing Site, which now has become Nationally known and used by many Eastern Coastal communities.  Under my leadership the County should and will continue to be the innovators in this area.                               

Ronald Bergstrom (D) declined to participate in the candidate survey.

 
 

GreenCAPE works with concerned citizens, organizations, and communities intent on preserving and protecting the Cape Cod and Islands region from the unintended consequences of pesticides and other toxic chemicals in current commerce–both regulated and unregulated. The organization strives to eliminate the use of dangerous chemicals and their negative impacts-especially on fetal and child development where exposure can result in life-long consequences. This goal is accomplished, in part, by educating the public and elected officials. The organization encourages the use of nonpolluting products by households, businesses and agriculture wherever feasible, to reduce pollutants that can impact our living environment- air, soil, water - and ultimately human health. GreenCAPE compiles information about toxic chemicals including pesticides and disseminates this material through informative free events, films, a website and social media while encouraging alternatives to pesticides, safer lawn care products/practices and healthier cleaning products and supporting cleaner technologies. The mission of GreenCAPE rests on the premise that public awareness is the most effective of all the long-term forces for influencing the health of the Cape environment, residents, fisheries, and the local tourist economy. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization GreenCAPE does not endorse or contribute to candidates but conducted this questionnaire and published the results for the benefit of GreenCAPE members and the public so they might be more fully informed when making decisions regarding candidates in the upcoming elections.

 Sue Phelan, Director
GreenCAPE
P.O. Box 631
West Barnstable, MA 02668
508.362.5927
www.GreenCAPE.org