MARCH 17, 1997

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Opinion

Old dump is site of new tower

new tower To those of you who think you live in a rural area in King County, think again. King County owns the old King County Dump on the old Woodinville-Duvall Road (three miles west of Duvall). It is now closed, but not for long.
   King County has allowed a corporation to propose a 300-foot electromagnetic microwave tower with four large microwave dishes and 14 antennae to be constructed on this site. How would you like to see that monstrosity each waking day for the rest of your life? That's what King County is agreeing to in a rural area.
   Were I to want to sell, due to this proposed monstrosity, my property value would plummet, thus wasting the higher taxes I've been paying the last 36 years for a rural environment. I've endured the odors and smoke from the past dump operations, but I cannot tolerate an eyesore such as this 300-foot tower.
   Junkyards are required to screen their junk. Why the exception for this eyesore? I had visions of King County developing a park on this 75.59-acre site.
   In spite of the denials, I believe there is a deleterious effect from the broadcasting of electromagnetic microwaves with 60,000-volt or more generators. This tower is camouflaged as an emergency communications facility. There's no way King County will construct this tower to be used only during an emergency.

George F. Slusser, Woodinville