The debate continues over the safety of wireless telecommunications but at this point there is plenty of hard science that proves there are substantial unresolved issues that the industry would rather you didn’t know about especially when it comes to placing cellular telecommunication towers in residential areas.
Locally in Eugene, Oregon there are two new tower placements being debated one of which is on the property of a church. The pastor of the church has likely been offered a large sum of money in exchange for leasing the space for the tower but how will this impact the nearby residents one of which I’ve heard is less than 200 feet from the proposed site for the tower! This is especially an issue for children living in the area.
The controversy over these towers inspired a local community event where Dr Paul Dart, MD shared data from scientific studies and reports on locations of cellular telephone towers correlating these to higher rates of cancer and other diseases.
Here’s the video of Dr Paul Dart’s presentation:
Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson has some inspired insight into the famed Telecommunications Act of 1996. This piece of legislation has been the biggest problem encountered by communities apposing cell tower placements. On the face of this lengthy piece legislation it states that health concerns cannot be used as a reason for debating tower placement! For this reason other communities have often focused on devaluation of property values and disruption of aesthetics as a reason to beat the industry on tower sitings in residential areas.
Pete Sorenson however points out some point that are often overlooked in “The Act” which state clearly that the act can in no way impede a state from protecting the “public safety” or welfare of the community.
Here’s the video of Pete Sorenson’s presentation:
After both presentations there was a Question and Answer session which you can watch here.
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