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UPDATE: Deschutes Neighborhood Group on the Verizon Tower appeal,
Public comments accepted through May 18th

Photo Courtesy: Deschutes Neighborhood Group, Yelm

From the Deschutes Neighborhood Group:
As some of you already know Thurston County on May 3, 2018, issued a Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance for the sheep farm tower sight, again….which means that Verizon will re-apply for a special use permit to erect their communications and microwave tower. Verizon did an Avian Risk Assessment study, submitted by Paul Kerlinger, PhD, which gives them the right to re-apply. Basically Dr. Kerlinger said that avian bird strikes in this case would be low.

The comment deadline is this Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Please email your comments to kantast@co.thurston.wa.us
Please use this address at the top of your email:
Thurston County Community Planning, Tony Kantas
Building #1, Administration
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Here some issues that can be addressed in the emails:
1. Human and wildlife health impacts resulting from radio frequency emissions, including the electromagnetic hypersensitivity of at least one resident whose residence is adjacent to the proposed site.
2. Impacts to rural land use character, including property values, views of Mount Rainier.
3. Failure to comply with Thurston County’s own standards for placement of communication towers in proximity to wetlands and endangered species habitats.
4. The Deschutes Neighborhood Group has documented the presence of endangered species and priority habitats. Through the DNG four months of study, a total of 6130 birds were recorded.
5. The lack of in-depth evaluation of impacts from future co-location (additional antennas and microwave dishes added the pole after the fact).

Please send an email copy of your letter to: carolyn8chew@gmail.com so we can track Thurston County’s records on the case.

We are also requesting for funds on the Go Fund Me site for an application for an $1800.00 appeal to Thurston County.
The link is: https://www.gofundme.com/gofund-me-bg5sd2f9
The filing deadline is May 24, 2018.

Thank you so much for sending in your comment letters and supporting this project with donations!

The Deschutes Neighborhood Group

Posted by Steve on May 15, 2018 at 12:03 am | Permalink

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  1. This looks like the Deschute Neighborhood Group does not want a tower and Verizon is doing all it can to strong arm the opposition. Stay diligent and protect your home!

    Comment by Theresa Nguyen on May 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm

  2. This is so nice sharing and able to admire. I will talk about this with my fellows as will be back from my corning glass tours.

    Comment by Arianna on May 17, 2018 at 12:21 am

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