A 2011 article in IEEE Spectrum says that for the World Heath Organization, a working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries reviewed the latest research and classified RF electromagnetic fields — from any source — as Group 2B, “possibly carcinogenic to humans based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer." Citing Studies completed from 2011 to 2018, Dr. Lennart Hardell and other members from that committee are calling to change RF Microwave radiation to Group 1 — a definite human carcinogen. More here.
Governor Brown vetoed California's 2017 Small Cell Bill (Senate Bill 649), so, fortunately, all California cities retained their authority to regulate the operations of cell phone towers to protect residents' constitutionally-guaranteed rights to privacy and safety. Densified 4G and 5G cell towers installed at the curb sacrifices privacy because once the pole is claimed, wireless cos. or government entities can install whatever they want on the pole: video cameras, listening devices, or microwave devices that can image the interiors of homes. More here.
We need to halt this ill-advised Wireless-only project and enter into a public process that delivers the least intrusive means to get the fastest, most reliable and energy-efficient Internet access (Wireline fiber-optic service to our homes — without data caps) and to put any new Wireless antennas much farther away from our homes. Cell phone towers installed close to homes significantly reduces property values. A peer-reviewed study in the 2005 Appraisal Journal, said homes near cell phone towers are devalued 20% to 25%.
The last CA Cell Tower bill to pass was CA Assembly Bill 57 in 2015, which granted an exemption to fire stations because the Firefighter's Unions entered substantial evidence into the public record that cell towers on or near fire stations caused brain abnormalities in every firefighter examined
Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) with cellular antennas of any size or shape need sufficient vertical and horizontal setbacks from where people live, sleep and heal. Installing antennas 25-50 feet off the ground and closer than 1,500 feet to residences harms residents: safety harms, privacy harms and property values harms (see above).
Many are familiar with 50/50 solutions to problems, but any town has the opportunity to adopt a 150/150 solution:
Any town could require that WTF antennas be installed only on private, applicant-owned poles that have antennas installed no lower than 150 feet higher than the highest roof within a 1,500 foot radius of any WTF.
Any town could require that the applicant to only install equipment that has no chance of outputting maximum RF-EMR exposures any higher than 150 µW/m² anywhere where people live, learn, recreate, sleep or heal — metered as peak RF-EMR exposures anywhere outside either on the ground or just outside the highest windows of the closest buildings within a 1,500 foot radius of any WTF.
Despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the Wireless industry to lobby our State and Federal legislators and game the system, the 99% far outnumbers the 1% and we can wield game-changing power — if we band together, defend our inalienable rights and demand changes.