Whatcom county has accepted an application for a conditional use approval to install a 50,000 watt 150 foot tall five-tower AM radio array.
Being a property owner within a thousand feet of the development, this affects me deeply. I read a story about someone living near an AM radio station and I didn't like what he had to say:
Chronic insomnia, headaches, dizziness, nausea, failing memory… irregular heartbeats. I read more and it got worse. I decided to look at a book on the topic of zoning for radio stations and after reviewing the data and the actual application with local zoning laws, I came up with several pages of objections listed below.
ALL of Point Roberts and ALL of Tsawwassen - negatively impacting
both communities in numerous ways described in these comments regarding the
radio tower proposal.
The short version:
These towers are UGLY w/ blinking red lights high above treeline – They’d be the first thing seen crossing the border – they’ll make quite the impression on the 7000+ people that vacation in our resort community. Perhaps if we could take pride in a station representing Point Roberts, but 99% of locals can’t understand the language of KRPI broadcasts. The 50,000 watts of transmitting power is INSANE. Point Roberts would only need 10-100 watts to service our community. There will be radio interference issues for locals and homeland security: problems with telephones, slower DSL, inability to use radios. Then consider environmental issues: dead migrating birds, radiation doubling the Leukemia rates for all of Point Roberts and Tsawwassen, BC – IT’S TERRIBLE!!! This radio tower does not serve the community and should not qualify as a ‘public utility’.
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