SECTION 1. There is sound scientific evidence to conclude that nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilizers are contaminants that negatively affect fresh and salt waters when present in excessive amounts. These excessive amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus contribute to undesirable algae and aquatic plant growth within all Nantucket water bodies. This undesirable algae and aquatic plant growth has an adverse effect on public health through the degradation of waters used for drinking water, shell fishing, and recreational swimming and boating.
SECTION 2. It is necessary to prohibit the application of fertilizer that contains nitrogen and phosphorus so as to improve the water quality of the Town of Nantucket. The soils of Nantucket are unique insofar as Nantucket has significant amounts of coarse, sandy soils that are subject to rapid water infiltration, percolation and leaching of nutrients, and such unique local conditions require that Nantucket prohibit the application of nitrogen and phosphorus added to soils through the application of fertilizers. This Act should help Nantucket to achieve compliance with the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) prescribed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for nitrogen and phosphorus in its waters.
SECTION 3. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, including but not limited to any general or special law conferring exclusive authority upon the Department of Agriculture to regulate and control the application of fertilizers elsewhere in the Commonwealth, the application of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus, or any other pollutants in the Town of Nantucket, is hereby prohibited.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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