© 2007 Updated: 03/12/07


Commissioners permit Supertower

On March 12, 2007, Commissioners McCasky and Congrove approved the planned development for a 730-foot Supertower proposed in 2003. This responds to District Court Judge Brooke Jackson’s requirement for a decision. It allows Denver TV Channels 4, 7, 9, and 20 (Lake Cedar Group) to consolidate analog and digital transmitters on Lookout Mountain.

However, the integrity of Democracy is threatened by Gannett/McGraw-Hill/Westinghouse-owned stations for hiring lobbyists that slipped Public Law No. 109-266 through the 109th Congress on the last day, December 9, 2006. It is intended to preempt local control by allowing any FCC license for digital TV to operate on any of Lookout Mountain’s 2300 acres. The stations began developing a site below the existing Channel 4 tower in January, 2007 without a JeffCo permit. On April 16, 2007, Judge Jackson dismissed the suite brought against the broadcasters by the City of Golden, several individual citizens, and Canyon Area Residents for the Environment because of JeffCo Commissioners’ approval. The district court dismissal requires the broadcasters to abide by Jefferson County zoning regulations.

JeffCo Commissioner Kathy Hartman believes all Colorado elected representatives approve the federal preemption. Views polled the staff of Senators Allard and Salazar (sponsors of the bill) as well as Representatives Diana DeGette, John Salazar, Mark Udall, Marilyn Musgrave, Tom Tancredo, and two new representatives Doug Lamborn and Ed Perlmutter. Both Senate staffs avoided discussion, but the Representatives’ staff are not comfortable with the federal preemption intended to increase rental profits for a special interest while polluting 50,000 people in the Greater Golden area. Staff members were not informed of excellent alternative sites for HDTV antennas or the CSU health study of Lookout Mountain residents completed in 2005.

On May 5, before CARE attorney Deb Carney testified in Washington D.C. on May 10-11, 2007, broadcast and wireless lobbyists testified against a proposal to shift responsibility for health effects from electromagnetic radiation from the FCC to the EPA. Carney presented facts previously unknown by Allard and Degette. After hearing Carney’s testimony, Norbert Hankin, EPA environmental radiation scientist, was eager to examine the CSU study. For more citizen information, see www.EMRPolicy.org www.C-A-R-E.org www.HDTVhonestly.com

Footnote: Broadcast professionals from Ukraine met with CARE representatives at Buffalo Bill’s Grave near 1000 antennas on March 5, 2007. The Eastern Europe visitors were shocked by the extreme EMR density (thousands of times higher) allowed by the FCC than is allowed in Eastern Europe and most governments around the world.

Commissioner McCasky believes Lake Cedar Group will honor the 2003 Official Development Plan and remove four towers within the Mountain Backdrop that taxpayers have paid more than $50 million to preserve.

—Carole Lomond

For more information, see Antenna Tower Update.