Earth Liberation Front, ELF, Topples 2 Everett WA Radio Towers
The Earth Liberation Front toppled two radio station towers in Everett, Washington during the early morning of September 4 because of health and environmental concerns. The ecoterrorist group left its initials, ELF, on a sign at the scene of the attack and an Earth Liberation Front spokesman, Jason Crawford, acknowledged responsibility via an email to a newspaper.
The two radio stations towers were toppled by the Earth Liberation Front using heavy equipment. Neighbors saw the towers being attacked by a bulldozer and called 911 at 3:30am.
The towers belong to KRKO, a local family-owned radio station. The two transmission towers that were attacked by ELF had been built so that KRKO could reach a larger audience in the Seattle-Tacoma; however, planning the tower's construction resulted in years of debate because of environmental concerns.
KRKO's plans to increase its transmission capacity have been embroiled for more than a decade in appeals and litigation over issues ranging from trumpeter swan habitat to potential health hazards to humans.
In addition to expressing concern for health and environmental issues, the ELF toppled the towers in reaction to the radio station's plans to build two new towers in Snohomish County on a a different transmission frequency. On August 14, a local judge upheld the radio station's right to build the towers, even though a hearing examiner had earlier denied them a permit due to concerns that the radio signals of the new towers might be harmful to humans.
"We have to weigh our priorities, and the local ecosystem in Everett, along with the local residents, do not need additional sports news radio station towers that come at the expense of reduced property values and harmful radio waves," ELF press office spokesman Jason Crawford said in an e-mail. " [...] When all legal channels of opposition have been exhausted, concerned citizens have to take action into their own hands to protect life and the planet."