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EMF Studies

03 August 2016

Gag Order by FCC?

Letter: Gag order by FCC? 
by Barbara Litrell, Verde Independent, 2 August 2016


The City of Sedona hired Cityscape, a consulting firm, to advise the city on site locations for future cell towers as the country expands wireless access through the recently passed 5G initiative. I'm sure this will extend beyond Sedona to the entire Verde Valley.

The consultant did a powerpoint which is available on the City website. On one slide she noted, "the city will have a say in regard to public health, safety and welfare."

Unfortunately, that's not true when it concerns adverse health effects of increased exposure to RF radiation from the expanded cell tower network planned. The consultant cited the 1996 Telecommunications Act where Section 704 requires local government to make written decisions on siting applications that are based on substantial evidence and not on speculation or because of federally preempted reasons (such as concerns about RF Radiation).

Federally preempted reasons? Is that a gag order on health discussions related to radiation exposure? We can't ask for proof of the safety of the cell tower expansion? When did public health become such a low priority?

The consultant later stated that radio frequency emissions are exclusively regulated by federal standards and that RF exposure is so low that human and animal health is not affected. There are many independent scientists who disagree.

FCC standards date from the 90's before the explosion of wireless. Thousands of peer reviewed scientific studies show adverse biological effects from exposure to low level non-ionizing radiation. Dina Maron, in the May 27 issue of Scientific American, cites the recent National Toxicology Program's partial findings of its $25 million animal study that tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted from cell phones and wireless devices.

Maron states, "The findings, which chronicle an unprecedented number of rodents subjected to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation starting in utero, present some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure is associated with the formation of rare cancers in at least two cell types in the brains and hearts of rats."

The public deserves to have this discussion and have their concerns listened to. These wireless products should carry warning labels like cigarettes and alcohol. Exposure standards need to be strengthened as they are in other countries.

I urge city councils and residents to do their own research and express their concerns to the FCC and to our state representatives in Congress. Or do we wait til EMF radiation harms enough people like tobacco, DDT, Agent Orange, Thalidomide, asbestos, and lead did?

Barbara Litrell

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