Proposed Orleans By-Law Would Ban Nitrogen, Phosphorus Fertilizer

hazmat symbolORLEANS – Residents of Orleans will consider a by-law that would ban the use of nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers.

The by-law would be the first of its kind on the Cape.

Voters are able to consider the measure on a local level after the Cape Cod Commission worked with the state to leave that decision in the hands of local voters.

“The state was about to take action that would have removed the authority for local communities or municipalities to adopt local by-laws and regulations regarding fertilizer,” said David Still, Communications Coordinator for the Cape Cod Commission. “What [Orleans is] doing is consistent with the fertilizer [District of Critical Planning Concern] that the Commission approved last year. The DCPC was really about preserving local control.”

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Orleans selectmen are holding a public hearing on the proposed by-law Wednesday night.