Cell phone towers emit radio frequencies (RF), a form of electromagnetic radiation (EMR), for a distance of up to 2.5 miles. Studies have shown that even at low levels of this radiation, there is evidence of damage to cell tissue and DNA, and it has been linked to brain tumors, cancer, suppressed immune function, depression, miscarriage, Alzheimer’s disease, and numerous other serious illnesses. Children are at the greatest risk, due to their thinner skulls, and rapid rate of growth. In 2011, The World Health Organization/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified EMR as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma (a malignant type of brain cancer).
The official position by the Federal Communications Commission is that evidence is inconclusive that cell tower radiation has negative
health and safety effects. “Inconclusive” is the operative word. This is vastly different than saying there is conclusive evidence of no negative health effects.
“Prudent avoidance” is generally advised by experts under such circumstances and it is a risk management principle that efforts to minimize potential risks should be taken when the magnitude of the risks is unknown. The principle was proposed in 1989 in the context of electromagnetic radiation safety.
Inconclusive is not enough when it comes to the children, teachers and staff within the building or the residents in the community. WE ARE NOT GUINEA PIGS.
... was enacted by Congress on February 8th, 1996. Part of this extensive legislation says that health concerns cannot be considered as a reason to avoid erecting a tower, as long as the emissions are within the FCC standards (see citation number 76). To the delight of the wireless industry, the FCC has deemed “safe” levels of RF emissions to be 5,000 times higher than the levels deemed safe by other countries.
Sadly, we cannot fight this tower on the basis of health concerns because of a 17 year old law. However, we can fight it based on emerging studies.
There are well-established health risks associated with cell towers cited in countless studies from the US and around the world. With the wireless industry having spent $39 million in political contributions and lobbying in Washington, it comes as no surprise that the U.S. has done little, if anything, to research the potential adverse health impacts of RF emissions. As a result, most emerging information regarding the adverse health impacts of RF emissions is being generated through expert studies being conducted in countries other than the U.S.
The wireless industry has manipulated the US government into stripping citizen’s rights to challenge the installation of cell towers based on health concerns (FCC Telecommunications Act 1996). But there are some safety concerns that must be considered:
1. They will build an access road through the school grounds to reach the tower. It will cut into the soccer fields and play space. If the tower needs to be repaired, any outdoor activities planned (gym classes, etc.) could be forced to move inside.
2. Hazmat materials will be located in the tower compound to power the tower and provide backup power. The hazmat signs will be posted on the fence and may cause curious children to start exploring.
3. Unauthorized personnel will have 24/7 access to the school grounds. The school system does background checks on employees, but these cell tower employees will not be background checked and could spend hours at the school.
4. The tower will be in the “fall-zone” of the building if there are severe winds and extreme weather.
The International Association of Fire Fighters' position on locating cell towers commercial wireless infrastructure on fire department facilities, as adopted by its membership in August 2004, is that the IAFF oppose the use of fire stations as base stations for towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our members.
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