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Cell Towers / Antennas


CELL TOWERS / ANTENNAS OVERVIEW




Jan 14
2015

" . . . The first test of a new Langley Township cell tower policy that requires a poll of people near a proposed project did not go well for the phone companies, with the rejection of the first two towers presented under the new rules.

"Telus wanted to fill in coverage gaps and reduce dropped calls by building two new towers, one 45 metres tall at 4997 256 St. and the other 50 metres tall at 20470 88 Ave.  

"They were the first cell towers to be considered since the Township adopted a new process in September, 2013, following several drawn-out public hearings on cell tower placement in Langley.  

"It is believed the Township is the first Metro Vancouver community to order referenda on cell towers. . . .

"The new municipal "telecommunication tower policy" requires an 80 per cent "yes" vote from people living near any proposed new cell phone antenna installation. . . .  

"While the Township doesn't actually have legal authority to prevent construction of cell towers, Marlatt said Industry Canada, the federal authority that does have the power, will likely defer to the Township. . . .




Jan 14
2015

These cell towers are being placed on school property -- next to even preschool playgrounds and sometimes directly on the rooftops of the schools themselves -- all over America.

Why? . . . 




Dec 20
2014

" . . . In this work, the psychological and psychobiological reactions of the people who are living near mobile phone BTS antenna were studied. The results showed the fact that health symptoms are reported by people at distances up to 200m to 300m from mobile phone base stations antenna. It means that a significant increase in the frequency of complaints in relation to the reference group (people exposed at 4300 m or not exposed) was existed. The findings were in agreement with those reported by the Australian governmental report, which had indicated that at 200m from a base station some people exposed in their homes are complaining of chronic fatigue and sleep disturbances . . .

"Moreover, the number of reported symptoms is higher close to base stations and decreases with increased distance from them. . . .




Nov 30
2014

Microwave News (USA)

A Report on Non-Ionizing Radiation



Nov 23
2014

Columbia Shuswap Regional District asked to set up cell policy

Una St. Clair addresses the Columbia Shuswap Regional District regarding the dangers of electromagnetic exposure

" . . . This is very telling and very frightening, I think this should concern all of us. And here's the meat of the issue - some insurance companies have studied the matter and have refused to cover anyone in the telecom industry because the liability issue is expected to be higher than tobacco and asbestos."

"St. Clair suggested directors designate the entire regional district a sensitive area and, among other requests, asked for CSRD to request removal and re-positioning of cell towers which have been sited within 500 metres of area where people, live, work and go to school."

POWERPOINT - Communication Antennae Policy to Respect Values for Community Sensitive Siting Protocols 




Nov 17
2014

An Electronic Silent Spring

Book by Katie Singer

An Electronic Silent Spring - Facing the Dangers and Creating Safe Limits

"Society has received profound benefits from electronics. We have developed and marketed electronic technologies [that emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR)] without recognition or regulation of its effects on human health or wildlife. Katie Singer's book, An Electronic Silent Spring, and this website are dedicated to encouraging recognition that EMR can harm people and wildlife; to protective solutions for the public health and our ecosystem.

"While they operate, mobile phones, mobile phone chargers, iPads, cellular antennas, Wi-Fi, compact fluorescent lights, transformers and "smart" utility meters emit electromagnetic radiation (EMR) at frequencies and amplitudes that are not found in nature. An Electronic Silent Spring describes how wildlife and peoples' health are affected.

  1. The book reports on peer-reviewed studies that show that EMR-exposed tadpoles die, aspen tree seedlings wither, bee colonies collapse, birds crash into antennas and white stork mates fight.
  2. Signals emitted by metal detectors, "smart" utility meters, hybrid cars and other common electronics can shut off a medical implant. While the FDA regulates microwave ovens (whose signals can interfere with cardiac pacemakers), no agency regulates cell phones, which operate closer to the body, with more power and at the same frequency as a microwave oven. Geophysicist, electrical engineer and implant patient Dr. Gary Olhoeft explains the issues. 
  3. Dr. Martha Herbert, Harvard pediatric neurologist, and Cindy Sage, MA, co-editor of the BioInitiative Report, and others explain why exposing children to Wi-Fi may lead to autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns pregnant women and children not to use cell phones. 
  4. Federal regulations protect the engineering needs of electronic devices and telecom companies. Federal law prohibits local officials from refusing installation of a cell tower based on health or environmental concerns. The book explains federal policies, which do not recognize that EMR can harm health. 
  5. Underwriters Lloyds of London and A.M. Best advise companies not to insure against damages to health caused by wireless devices. This book presents the peer-reviewed studies underlying analysts' concerns. 
"Katie Singer's An Electronic Silent Spring also offers an extensive solutions section for policy makers, telecom and utility companies, schools, civic groups and individuals who want to reduce EMR emissions and exposure.




Sep 15
2014

Legal & Public Health Problems of the Wireless Age

Public Citizen Consumer Law and Policy Blog - Guest Post by Deborah Kopald

FULL ARTICLE

" The use of Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies has created problems. "An Open Letter to Phillips Exeter Academy about Wi-Fi", which I wrote to my alma mater, details the public health problem Wi-Fi has created and some legal ramifications of its use.

"Some people who lived too close to TV broadcast and radar towers developed symptoms of Microwave Sickness, a condition observed in military and industrial occupational settings during the Cold War. The next wave of microwave-emitting infrastructure, cell towers, lived up to the billing of their military and industry-owned cousins with subsequent studies (none were commissioned in the United States) showing elevated numbers of people within 1,500 feet experiencing symptoms of Microwave Sickness. . . 

" . . . The current proposal by the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT) to turn 7,500 payphones in New York City and 2,500 additional locations into high-powered wireless hotspots would cause the city to engage in systemic violations of its own code. The New York City Human Rights Law offers reasonable accommodation to persons with many medical conditions including pregnant women (as of January, 2014). The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) issued recommendations in 2012 stating that people with most medical conditions would benefit from avoiding electromagnetic and radiofrequency radiation exposure, and epidemiologist Devra Davis stated that pregnant women should avoid proximity to wireless routers at a press conference in New York City in June, 2014. Today, pregnant women and people with many medical conditions can assert reasonable accommodation by getting routers turned off indoors; once the hotspots, which are much higher powered than a router, are rolled out, the sidewalks will become inaccessible to some; others will not be able to follow doctors' orders if they must go to the city of New York and simply walk on a street."

[Deborah Kopald (BA, Harvard; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management) is an environmental health and public policy consultant and author who has developed and overseen the passage of legislative initiatives and has served as a guest expert at various media outlets. In 2013, she organized and moderated The Conference on Corporate Interference with Science and Health in New York City. The conference proceedings were published in Reviews on Environmental Health.]




Aug 21
2014

Court Raises Bar for Least-Intrusive Means Test

Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings - Telecom tower industry newsletter article

  • Court Case Illuminates Problems of Time-limited Permits
  • Court Rules in Favor of Public Hearings 
"American Tower V. City of San Diego also addresses the issue of whether or not a public hearing should be required under California state law for a change to an existing antenna structure. Wireless advocates hold that legislative language in Section 6409(a) that "a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request" precludes the need for a public hearing.

"The court states that the automatic approval of American Tower's applications without a hearing would deprive landowners of their property rights and would violate due process.

"[American Tower] claims that the automatic approval of its conditional users permit applications would not constitute a substantial or significant deprivation ... because the facilities are already in existence, their continued presence cannot possibly deprive adjacent landowners of any property rights," the court wrote. "This argument ignores [American Tower's] obligation to return the sites to their original condition now that the original conditional-use permits have expired by their terms.

"Dozens of antennas perched on hundreds of feet of towers alongside hundreds of square feet of equipment shelters may not seem like a cognizable impact to [American Tower], but we believe most landowners would beg to differ," the court added.




Aug 13
2014

Stop Those Infernal Towers: A Newsletter

50,000-watt AM radio transmitter proposed for the Tsawwassen Peninsula

Steve Wolff is heading up a fight re. a cell tower on the border between Pt. Roberts, Washington and Delta, B.C. They have two lawyers working on this and there will be a hearing in October, 2014.




Jul 26
2014

FCC's Exposure Standards: "Out of Date and Inapplicable"

US Department of Interior Attacks FCC's Exposure Standards - Take Back Your Power

"Birds have "nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, locomotion problems, reduced survivorship, and death"

Includes VIDEO


"The Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the United States Department of the Interior sent a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the Department of Commerce that addresses the Interior Department's concern that cell tower radiation has had negative impacts on the health of migratory birds and other wildlife.

"The Interior Department accused the Federal government of employing outdated radiation standards set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a Federal agency with no expertise in health. The standards are no longer applicable because they control only for overheating and do not protect organisms from the adverse effects of exposure to the low-intensity radiation produced by cell phones and cell towers: . . .




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