Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cell Towers in Neighborhoods

An opinion held by many respected physicians and public health experts, especially in Europe, where governments exercise more control over corporations, is that cell towers should not be erected in residential neighborhoods.

Much evidence indicates that electromagnetic fields (EMF) produced by cellular devices and WiFi adversely affect our health. (Bioinitiative report) The Freiburger Appeal, signed by nearly 30,000 European physicians, speaks out for new regulations to halt the devastating biological and health consequences of exposure to EMF. Studies connect EMF with Cancer, Alzheimer’s, depression, suicide, Autism, Leukemia, DNA damage, heart disease, strokes, chromosome damage, migraines, nosebleeds, etc. A typical recommendation is that cell towers be not placed within 300 meters of populations.

Fear of health effects causes property values in the vicinity of a cell tower to be depressed; as much as 20% has been reported. Some people will not buy a home near a cell tower.

In response to this fear, companies produce interior paint, curtain material and even a business suit designed to protect us from radiation.

City management seems to be enamored of cell infrastructure - I pray that they, in their deliberations, consider the negative affects that cell towers have on neighborhoods.

I am the treasurer of a small church, and appreciate how welcome extra income would be. But we strive to abide by the Golden Rule and would never, for silver or other payment, do something detrimental to our neighbors like contracting for a 6-story cell tower.

Kindrick Ownby

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