Updated 6/14/18

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On June 5, 2018, South Eugene saw a standing-room only crowd at Good Samaritan Center for an outstanding presentation by Dafna Tachover, MBA, attorney from New York and Israel, entitled “Wireless Radiation: Keeping Safer in a Wireless World.” Click here for info. Going forward, several Eugene-based organizations are discussing strategies for preserving a healthy environment in Eugene by educating the public as well as City officials, to prevent or minimize unnecessary radio frequency radiation (RFR) in our environment. See The Science for why.

STEPS TO STAYING HEALTHY IN A WIRELESS WORLD

1. If you must use WiFi and can’t make a wired ethernet connection work: At least turn off your WiFi router at night. Plug your router power cord into a simple lamp timer in the wall outlet so you can set the on/off times. You won’t have to bathe in WiFi radiation all night while sleeping. Your nervous system will appreciate it. Better yet, get a low-power WiFi router. You will be happy with streaming performance at only 10% of the radiation in your home–plus, it has built-in software to turn it on and off automatically at your desired times.

2. Put your cell phone in airplane mode at night, especially if near your bed. If you need it on for emergency phone calls or texts, just do steps 3 and 4 below and you’ll still be ok.

3. Go into “Settings” and turn off all automatic update functions in your cell phone. You don’t need all your apps checking with the cell towers ever few seconds, day in and day out, asking… “Hey, got anything new for me?” All this unnecessary RFR traffic passes through your nervous system.

4. Set your cell phone’s email program to “manual fetch.” It will automatically download any new messages whenever you actually touch the email icon anyway. You don’t need your email app checking with the cell towers ever few seconds day in and day out asking… “Hey, got anything new for me?” Again all this unnecessary RFR traffic passes through your nervous system.

5. Do you care about children? If so, do not let them use wireless RFR devices. Their brains are growing rapidly, their skulls are much thinner than adults’, and scientific studies have established how RFR adversely affects cellular biology (DNA damage, oxidative stress, calcium channels, etc.) — children are especially vulnerable. See The Science for why. Then ask yourself, “Could there be any conceivable connection between our recent spike in rates of autism and ADHD, and our children’s dramatically increased RFR exposure in-utero and at home?” Learn more here.

6. 5G: A Solution in Search of a Problem. Are you feeling the pain of being deprived of 5G service? We didn’t think so… Educate yourself and those you care for, about the huge looming threat of the proposed 5G rollout to our environment and our health. Then talk with others about how we can oppose this at the local level.

7. Be informed! Disinformation and science denial are rampant. Trustworthy sources we recommend include Environmental Health Trust and Electromagnetic Radiation Safety.



Below is archival information about the successful 2015 campaign opposing the Crossfire Cell Tower in South Eugene

UPDATE July 27, 2015: EWEB has circulated a memorandum to update staff on policy for placement of telecom facilities on utility poles and street lights. To read the memo click here. It remains to be seen how EWEB will engage local residents and respond to their input about future proposed sitings.

This is in response to news about AT&T’s withdrawal of its application for the Crossfire tower. AT&T announced that instead they will focus their efforts on putting microwave transmitters on utility poles in the neighborhood. See the Register Guard article here.  See AT&T’s letter of withdrawal here.

The new strategy is known as a Distributed Antenna System or DAS. We are awaiting details on the dose levels of microwave radiation emissions they will be proposing for nearby homes. The Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), the customer-owned, not-for-profit water and electric utility serving Eugene, will be responsible for deciding whether and where such equipment would be allowed. EWEB’s mission statement includes: “Caring about our community and the environment: We recognize our responsibility to be active participants in our community. We respect the environment and strive to minimize our footprint on the natural world.”* If you wish to provide input into how EWEB’s commissioners apply these values the next meeting is August 4 at 5:30 pm.

*Update 5/31/18: EWEB has removed this quote from its website.

Help Preserve the Amazon Creek Corridor!

The Amazon Creek corridor is a unique environmentally sensitive, natural feature of South Eugene. For years it has been a favorite destination for nature lovers as well as joggers and walkers enjoying the smooth bark paths of the Adidas/Rexius Trail System that run along both sides of the creek. It is also a valued resource for nature education initiatives such as Edison Elementary School’s River Spies! program and a recent neighborhood community forum on “Amazon Creek: History, Biology and Management.

The Amazon Creek Headwaters give life to this scenic natural area as the creek flows from the Ridgeline Trailhead past Kincaid Park, through Amazon Park and onward toward the Long Tom River. Also known as the Amazon Greenway, this prized area in South Eugene is part of the Eugene Parks System, and is recognized in the Metro Plan as a habitat corridor to be preserved. Nearly $3 million of city, federal, and private funds have been committed to preserving the unique character and resources of this local area landmark and public recreational space, for the specific purpose of environmental appreciation.

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Recently the State approved funding for Eugene’s Amazon Active Corridor project, whose purpose includes that it “promotes environmental stewardship” and “improves livability” of the area. The project provides for reconstruction of the Adidas/Rexius Trail and other measures to “promote solutions that fit the community and physical setting, enable healthy communities and serve and respond to the scenic, aesthetic, historic, cultural and environmental resources” (quoting the application).

The natural beauty of Amazon Creek corridor gives a unique identity to the surrounding residential neighborhoods in this part of Eugene. The presence of federal endangered species (e.g., Bradshaw’s lomatium) and protected and sensitive species (e.g., pileated woodpecker, and a variety of butterflies) that make their homes here adds further to the special aesthetic values and enjoyment of the area.

The Threat

AT&T has applied to the City of Eugene to erect a cell tower in the heart of the Amazon Creek corridor at 4060 W Amazon Drive. This is a residential zoned property owned by a church known as Crossfire Ministries. They want to build a 75 foot high cellular transmission tower with a fake tree appearance and an array of six microwave antennas, with space for even more, looming over the family homes next door, the apartment complexes nearby, and about 100’ above the surface of the creek itself (see Images). There would be no screening from view from the Amazon Creek corridor, the Adidas/Rexius Trails along the creek, Kincaid Park, or Parker Elementary School. The tower would be a visual blight and assault on the aesthetic values of the area and surrounding residential neighborhood. It would also introduce continuous emission of microwave radiation that threatens the health of families and wildlife in and around the area (see The Science). Lane County requires a 1,200′ setback for such towers, but this does not apply in the city.

There are valid legal grounds for denial of the AT&T/Crossfire cell tower application. We must make our voices heard! Please explore the information on this site. Join with us and Take Action to protect the Amazon Creek corridor from this unnecessary degradation.


Resources for immediate release:

View the AT&T/Crossfire Tower application