Incident Summary:

09/25/1988: Members of the Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC) cut thirty-four power poles , owned by Energy Fuels Nuclear (EFN), which were serving uranium mines at the North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, in the United States. On the North Rim, five power poles were cut three-quarters of the way using a chain saw, causing power outages at two of the EFN uranium mines, and twenty-nine poles were cut at the Canyon Uranium Mine on the South Rim. Three days later, a radio station in nearby Flagstaff, Arizona, received a letter in which the group EMETIC claimed responsibility for the destruction. There were no casualties in the incident, but power was lost. Marc Leslie Davis, Margaret Katherine Millet, Ilse Washington Asplund, and Marc Andre Baker were indicted for the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Grand Canyon

Location Details:
at uranium mines at North and South Rims at the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Utilities
Name of Entity Energy Fuels Nuclear
Specific Description power poles owned by Energy Furls Nuclear, which led to uranium mines
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
chain saw
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information It is unclear if this group is an offshoot of Earth First! Members of this group also committed three incidents of sabotage at the Fairfield Snow Bowl Ski resort in Flagstaff, Arizona during this time period.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Evan Mecham Eco-Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
FBI, "Terrorism in the United States: 1988," Terrorist Research and Analytical Center, Counterterrorism Section Criminal Investigative Division, FBI, December 31, 1988.
"The charges against Earth First! members- a chronology," The Prescott Courier, June 11, 1991.
Holly J. Wolcott, "Evidence links defendant to nuclear sabotage: Jury hears secretly recorded tapes," The Prescott Courier, July 12, 1991.