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John Hart defends statement blaming toxins dumped at Stockbridge Bowl

For the editor:

I was out of town and mostly out of internet reach for much of last summer and early fall.

I have come back to be asked by citizens of Stockbridge what I think of Jim Balfanz’s letter to The edge of Berkshire in which he called me lacking “credibility”. According to Balfanz, my “credibility” is in question because in a letter I wrote to this publication regarding the Stockbridge Bowl Association’s lawsuit against the town of Stockbridge, the Conservation Commission and its individual members, I used the words “think Agent Orange”. I was “generally” referring to defoliating chemicals and their components as being toxic to humans.

Credible or not, the mention was to give readers an idea of ​​what “defoliants” are. Agent Orange is familiar to most, and as you’ll see below, some of its components actually made it into the Stockbridge Bowl.

In response to this accusation by Balfanz, I enlisted a meticulous researcher who sits on our Conservation Commission – a certain Thomas Labelle. His email is below. The details below outline what was dumped into the bowl before townspeople were told about these chemicals and compounds:


Always happy to oblige.

Here is the list of herbicides used in the Bowl between 1960 and

  1. A total of 38,800 pounds of granular pesticides and 21,753 gallons

liquid pesticides were used during these years.

A total of 38,800 pounds of granular pesticides and 21,753 gallons

liquid pesticides were used during these years.


Breakdown of individual chemicals used:

Granular 2.4-D – 20,300 lbs.

Copper sulphate 5,000 lbs.

Malachite – 2,500 pounds.

Citrine G – 7,000 lbs.

Aquazine – 4,000 lbs.


Breakdown of individual chemicals used:

20,600 gallons of sodium arsenate

842 gallons of Silvex

185 gallons of Aquathol-K

126 gallons of hydrothol-47


Year Chemicals Used Amount Applied

1960 Sodium Arsenate 1100 gal

1961 Sodium Arsenate 5500 gal

1964 2.4-0 Granular 300 lb

1965 2.4-0 Granular 20,000 lbs.

1966 Copper sulphate 2500 pounds

1967 Sodium Arsenate 3000 gal

1968 Sodium Arsenate 3000 gal

1969 Sodium Arsenate 8000 gal

1969 Copper sulphate 2500 pounds

1970 Malachite 2500 pounds

1972 Silvex (Kuron) 389 gallon

1972 Aquatol-K 33 gallon

1972 Hydrothol – 47,126 gal

1974 Silvex (Kuron) 104 gallon

1974 Aquathol – K 152 gal

1974 Citrine G 7000 pounds

1976 Silvex (Kuron) 149 gallon

1976 Aquazine 4000 pounds

1977 Silv.ex (Kuron) 200 gal

(SOURCE: “The Fugro Report” 1996)

Note that in 1972, 1974 and 1976 a cocktail of poisons was used

unlike previous years where we relied on a single pesticide

only. This is more dangerous because the chemicals can interact in

unpredictable ways, producing new and unexpected compounds.


There are two active ingredients in Agent Orange: 2,4-D which has been

used in Stockbridge Bowl, and 2,4,5-T which is the chemical that made

Agent Orange so deadly to humans. This last chemical, 2,4,5-T,

contains traces of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, a compound

known to cause a wide range of cancers in humans. This chemical,

however, was NOT used in Stockbridge Bowl. So Balfanz was right in

saying that Agent Orange was not used in the bowl, although one could say

that a component of Agent Orange has been used for 2 years.

I agree that your statement was not entirely accurate, but

taking into account the assortment of chemicals actually used and the quantities

that should be pretty scary.

I hope this helps you,

Tom LaBelle

In these days of “Google” and in order to restore some semblance of my credibility discredited by Balfanz, I encourage anyone reading the above list of chemicals to “Google” them individually and decide for themselves if my credibility decried is still in question. .

John H. Hart