Politics Blog

Point Roberts wins battle against radio towers

Residents of Point Roberts who challenged a proposal to build five radio towers in their community say they will celebrate tonight, after the Whatcom County hearing examiner rejected the radio station’s application in a surprise move.

The news came around noon on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to the parties that were to present their cases in five days of hearings before the hearing examiner that were to begin on Monday, Oct. 27.

In a memo emailed to the parties today, hearing examiner Michael Bobbink said he expects to issue his detailed decision next week. For now, he said he is rejecting the permit because it violates Point Roberts’ 45-foot height restriction. The towers each would have been about 150 feet tall.

Residents of Point Roberts and Tsawwassen, B.C., said the radio towers would interfere with electronics and could harm human health. The 50,000-watt radio signal coming from the towers would have been the most powerful allowed.

The cross-border coalition of residents from the two communities were relying on the Point Roberts height limit to make their case in next week’s hearing. Bobbink scratched those hearing dates when announcing his decision.

The Bellingham Herald will have more in a story planned for Wednesday’s edition.