Letter from Ronald M. Powell to Montgomery County Council; Tragically, Small Cell Towers are about Life and Death

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Letter from Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. to the Montgomery County Council, Maryland.
October 31, 2017

To:

Roger Berliner, President
Hans Riemer, Vice President
Montgomery County Council
Montgomery County, Maryland
 
Dear President Berliner and Vice President Riemer,

My thanks to both of you gentlemen for your responses to my earlier email messages opposing small cell towers.  Both of you cited factors of importance when considering the installation of these towers in Montgomery County.  However, I was left uncertain about your own views of small cell towers.  At present, do you favor the installation of small cell towers in Montgomery County, or not?

If you favor installation

If you favor installation, and your goal is limited to maintaining control, at the County level, of the zoning requirements, then I can understand why County officials keep deflecting the health concerns raised by County residents.  Hence the frequent references to the “environmental effects” exclusion in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which is frequently interpreted to be a “health effects” exclusion:
 
“No State or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the Commission’s regulations concerning such emissions.”

(In the above quotation, the “Commission” is, of course, the Federal Communications Commission.)

If you oppose installation or are undecided

If you oppose installation or are undecided, then please consider the following line of reasoning for countering the supposed health exclusion in the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Our laws are in conflict

The international biomedical research community has made it quite clear that radiofrequency radiation, and specifically cellular radiofrequency radiation, can harm people in an enormous number of ways.  Most recently the National Institutes of Health linked cellular radiation to brain cancer (glioma) which is usually fatal, and to a nerve cancer (schwannoma) that can be fatal.  That is, the scientific evidence suggests that we must treat radiofrequency radiation, and in particular cellular radiation, not only as dangerous to health generally, but also as a CARCINOGEN that is dangerous to life itself.

So, when a small cell tower is placed “up close and personal” to people, those people must be regarded as under “assault” by a carcinogen. And, there are laws against assault. Further, since that assault can result in death, those people must be considered as under “assault with a deadly weapon”.  That is also against the law.  Furthermore, if any of those people die as the result of that assault, that is “murder”.  Murder is also against the law.

So, it seems fair to ask this question:  Is the 1996 Telecommunications Act so powerful that it overrides the laws against assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and murder? I doubt very much that the authors of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, in their zeal to promote the rapid expansion of cellular technology without prior testing for safety, intended to convey a right to the telecommunications industry to assault, and even kill, people.

If County officials want to protect the public from harm, they need to rally their legal might to resist ALL EFFORTS to install small cell towers in the County, not just because that is the right thing to do, but also because such installation violates multiple existing laws that are reasonably believed to be preeminent.

I would be proud to see Montgomery County take the lead in making this argument against the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which has proved to be an unjust law.

If you don’t believe that cellular radiation is harmful

If you reject the above line of reasoning because you don’t believe that cellular radiation is harmful, then I ask you to consider these questions:

  • On which sources of information are you relying for assurances of safety?  Do those sources have extensive backgrounds in the biological effects of radiofrequency radiation?  Are those sources free from vested interests in cellular communications or other wireless technologies?
  • Are those sources more authoritative on health issues than the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization?  That organization linked radiofrequency radiation, and in particular cellular radiation, to cancer back in 2011?
  • Are those sources more authoritative on health issues than the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National Institutes of Health?  The NTP confirmed the link of radiofrequency radiation, and in particular cellular radiation, to cancer in 2016 and to DNA damage more broadly in 2017?  And further findings are due for release in 2018.  These findings are the result of the largest study ($25 million) that the NTP has ever conducted of any toxin.
  • Have you read some of the scientific research literature that connects radiofrequency radiation to biological effects and that has been funded by impartial sources?

If your answer to the last question above is “No”, I hope that you will explore at least some of the vast biomedical research literature that Maryland residents have already submitted to you.

Also, for an excellent online overview of the impact of wireless technology on health, please see the web site of the Environmental Health Trust (https://ehtrust.org/).  This organization is led by Devra Davis, Ph.D., M.P.H. who has had a distinguished career of public service in support of public health.  Dr. Davis was a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was named a joint recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007.

Who am I?

I am a retired U.S. Government career scientist (Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University, 1975).  During my Government career, I worked for the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  For those organizations, respectively, I addressed Federal research and development program evaluation, energy policy research, and measurement development in support of the electronics and electrical-equipment industries and the biomedical research community.  I currently interact with other scientists and with physicians around the world on the impact of electromagnetic fields on human health.

Thank you for your attention.

Regards,

Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D.

 

Ronald N. Kostoff to Montgomery County Council on Small Cells

Posted by Kate Kheel, Nov. 4th, 2017 

Letter from Ronald N. Kostoff, Ph.D. to the Montgomery County Council on November 1, 2017

Dear Montgomery County Council Members,

I have been informed that Montgomery County is considering approval of the installation of small cell towers throughout the County, including up and down residential streets, starting with Potomac, MD and Germantown, MD.  I would like to offer my perspective on this proposal.

Over the past decade, I have been performing studies on causes and treatments of chronic diseases.  Much of the focus has emphasized identifying the causes of these diseases, and their specific impacts.  The most comprehensive of the studies was a book titled Pervasive Causes of Disease,

https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/53714

and identified ~800 contributing factors that impacted more than a threshold number of the ~4000 diseases examined.

One of the specific factors I have been examining in detail is non-ionizing radiation.  Earlier this year, I published an invited book chapter on the health impacts of non-ionizing radiation combined with other stimuli, both toxic and non-toxic.  This chapter is attached.

For non-ionizing radiation in the power frequency band (~60Hz) and radiofrequency bands heavily used today (900 Mhz-cell phones and 2.45Ghz-WiFi), the biomedical literature is clear.  Heavy exposure of humans to this radiation for extended periods of time can be lethal, and exposure of test animals to non-ionizing radiation in isolation can be lethal.

As my book chapter shows, when non-ionizing radiation at the above frequencies is combined with other toxic stimuli, there is a strong synergy that results.  In some cases (depending on intensity, frequency, and duration), neither partner to the combination will exhibit effects when used in isolation, but will exhibit highly toxic effects when used in combination.  In most cases, the adverse effects of the combination will be much more highly toxic than the adverse effects of each partner used in isolation.  Thus, non-ionizing radiation in the above frequency bands is not only toxic/lethal in its own right, but it serves as a promoter/enabler/enhancer of the intrinsic toxicity of other stimuli.

For 5G, the proposed frequency band (~3Ghz-30Ghz, and higher) is in the millimeter-wave range, and has had little safety testing done, even in isolation.  There has been no long-term testing, and no testing on these frequencies in combination with other stimuli, which is the real-world condition.

Long-term testing on humans is required for two reasons.  First, latency periods for serious diseases can be measured in decades, in many cases.  For smoking, latency periods between initiation of smoking and lung cancer is between two and three decades, and for other types of cancers, latency times between onset of cause and eventual cancer can range up to five decades.  Latency periods for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can be five decades or more, considering the advanced ages at which they occur.  Alarmingly, Hardell has found that even after the relatively short period of a decade of ‘heavy’ cell phone use (~30 min/day), certain types of brain cancers for adults doubled, and for adults who started using cell phones as teenagers, these brain cancer rates quintupled!  One can only imagine the results after two or three decades of ‘heavy’ cell phone use.

Second, animal tests are not adequate.  Animals are different from human beings biologically, and animal tests are usually performed under very controlled conditions, where the non-ionizing radiation is applied either in isolation or with one other toxic stimulus.  Humans experience myriad toxic stimuli in parallel over their lifetime, as I have shown in my book, and the complex combinations of toxic stimuli bear little resemblance to the pristine test conditions applicable to animals.  Allowing 5G cell towers to be constructed with essentially no safety testing having been performed would be the height of irresponsibility!

The usual excuse for inaction on opposition to cell tower construction of any type, including 5G, is the statement from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that health reasons can not be used as a basis to halt tower construction.  This, in my view, is an abdication of responsibility of elected officials.

Suppose the Federal government passed a law stating that herbicides could be sprayed over populated areas by contractors, and these sprayings could not be opposed for health reasons.  If a local company wanted to initiate daily sprayings of Agent Orange over Montgomery County, would the members of the County Council allow it, despite what the law stated?  Would the residents allow it, despite what the law stated?  I suspect there would be an armed insurrection to block the spraying.  Yet, cell tower developers are proposing to ‘spray’ a highly toxic substance (non-ionizing radiation in RF bands) over Montgomery County, and the decision-makers act as if they have no options.

At some point in this one-sided battle between the wireless technology vendors and the defenseless public, someone has to take a stand.  Let Montgomery County at this time serve as the Waterloo for the 5G onslaught!

Dr. Ronald N. Kostoff

https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/56646

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[Ronald N. Kostoff, Ph.D. is a Research Affiliate in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  The book chapter that is referenced in his message above was co-authored with Clifford G.Y. Lau and appears in Microwave Effects on DNA and Proteins, edited by C.D. Geddes and published in 2017.  

Vision for a Different Way Forward

Vision for a Different Way Forward

Telecom begs (buys?) government officials – say they need more towers to “meet public demand.”

Laws are enacted to speed the build-out of towers and antennas.

Our rights are diminished, we have less of a say.

Towers come up and life moves on. 

And the cycle begins once again ad fin-i-tum.

Consumption spirals upward, while the well-being of humans, wildlife, and our precious Earth spirals downward. Profits go up, while quality of life goes down. And many of us are left longing for a taste of the way our soul knows and wants things to be.

The current and aggressive push by the Telecom industry for wireless “small” cells is much like an ambitious start-up company wanting to build a huge warehouse in the hope they will some day “grow into it”.  5g “small” cells are being put in place to “house” the hoped for massive explosion in wireless data that will be generated from the Internet of Things (IoT).  Once the infrastructure is established, the sky is the limit for what new gadgets and applications the private sector can dream up to fill the airwaves, collect our data, and dangle before a susceptible and largely, tech-addicted and unaware public.

From predictions of Artificial Intelligence surpassing and destroying humans, to health and environmental impacts worsening due to the huge increase in wireless radiation; from cyber attacks on the grid now inevitable, to the exponential increase in electronic waste as every discarded “thing” makes its way to the ranks of e-waste — The future does not look promising.

Can we forge a different path forward and write a different story?  I would like to believe we can.  But we will need to approach this from four angles simultaneously:

1. Educate the public about the true costs of 5g and the Internet of Things

The true costs of 5g, and its partner in crime, the IoT, include

  • Health, from the soup of harmful wireless radiation we will be immersed in 24/7, due to “small” cells, and all the Internet connected “things”, devices, appliances, sensors, machines, robots, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence…and let’s not forget microchipped humans and animals.
  • Environment, with the increasing loss of birds, bees, butterflies, and other forms of wildlife
  • Cyber Security, with estimates ranging from $6-11 trillion for the cost of trying to secure the ever changing, and impossible-to-secure IoT
  • Privacy, from every Internet connected “thing,” device, appliance, sensor, machine, robot, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and microchipped humans and animals, collecting boatloads of our personal data to be shared with marketers, government, and law enforcement
  • Energy consumption, where the footprint from energy needed to produce and run all these wireless IoT products and platforms, will likely exceed the hoped for, and hyped about, energy saving technologies the IoT promises
  • E-waste, much of which is sent to the far East or Africa where it pollutes the air, water, and ground of remote villages, and where workers earn a dismal day’s pay by dismantling our toxic e-waste largely with the use of crude tools or by hand
  • Conflict minerals, which are used in nearly all our technology, and in the last 20 years, have contributed to the death of 5-6 million men, women and children from the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Effects on our brains and humanity, with suicide rates, depression, anxiety, autism, and ADHD now reaching epidemic proportions due to both the radiation exposure and excessive screen-time use.
  • Ethics – Could something be awry that we are now considering a new human rights law to “remain natural, i.e. ‘merely’ biological and organic”?
  • Job loss, with predictions as high as 50% job loss due to the IoT
  • Decline in property value – would YOU want to buy a house with a cell tower beaming radiation through the bedroom window?

2. Cultivate the sweet point of satiation

There is a three-word phrase from the Hebrew Grace after meals that religious Jews recite after eating a full meal: “V’achalta, v’savata, ou v’rachta,” which roughly translates as “And you shall eat, and you shall be satiated, and you shall bless.”  We must reawaken and cultivate in ourselves the notion of sweet satiation – the place of just enough not one ounce too much, nor one iota too little…but perfectly enough. Then as we go about our days “consuming” food, experiences, relationships, and all that life has to offer, we may feel less of an urge to take more than we need.

3. Redefine “progress”

As we settle into the sweet point of satiation, our notion of progress can then gently find its way from more, faster, bigger and new, to kinder, more abiding, deeper, and more fulfilling.

4. Know there are safer and more wholesome alternatives

We can envision a better tomorrow than what industry is offering us today.  Fiber is faster, safer, consumes about 25 times less energy, and is far more cyber secure than wireless.  If we shift to using Fiber for the vast majority of our Internet and Telecommunications needs – thus relegating cellphones to short, on-the-go communications, and emergency response where needed – we will be removing or lessening the impacts of almost all the downsides of 5g and the IoT.  By so doing, we not only protect ourselves, our families, and our environment, but we will get the added benefit of becoming reacquainted with ourselves, others, and the present moment.

If we stay the course and demand safe technology, industry and government will have no choice but to deliver.  And we will once again reclaim our treasured and sacred inheritance of true connection and Presence.

Blog post by Kate Kheel  
September 21st, 2017 

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Postcard Avalanche to Stop SB 649

Postcard Avalanche to Stop SB 649

Update:  SB 649 passed out of the House and was sent back to the Senate for a final vote on the amended version.  Since SB 649 also passed out of the Senate, it will now go to Governor Brown for signing. Letters, emails and calls should pour into Governor Jerry Brown’s Office within the next few days.

We are having a Post Card Campaign at the Ecology Center Booth at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market this Saturday. \Don’t have time to send a postcard?  We can send one for you, please email us back – Saraharminoff@aol.com. There’s a coordinated social media campaign, asking folks to take pics of their postcards and post using #STOP SB 649 to further amplify the avalanche.

Action Steps

Please write a Letter to the Editor!  Recent articles include:
http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-california-lawmakers-approve-new-rules-1505435806-htmlstory.html

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article173408251.html

http://www.gazettes.com/news/local-leaders-oppose-sb-boost-for-telecom-companies/article_64b031c8-9199-11e7-bb64-7f8d42a2ffea.html

Sample Post Cards to Governor Jerry Brown:

1) Stop SB 649!  SB 649 is a project from ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization for corporate advantage over what is good for the public.

2)The CA state Dept of Finance does not approve of SB 649, nor do 300 local cities in California as it overturns local governance in favor of corporate control.

3) SB 649 impacts climate change and energy consumption – – Wireless technology consumes more energy than wired — fiber optics, cable, etc. See http://whatis5g.info/energy-consumption/

4) SB 649 ruins aesthetics in California.   Teamsters are opposed and might pull the film industry out of state. Please retweet!  “We view this bill as a full assault on local democracy!” Barry Broad, Teamsters Public Affairs Council #NoOnSB649https://twitter.com/CaCities/status/908742091668307968

5) SB 649 protects industry not health. Harmful effects of RF-EMF fields are already proven. A large number of peer-reviewed scientific reports show harm to human health including increased cancer and deaths around cell towers — subsequently when cell towers are removed, studies show that the death rate returns to normal levels. The US National Toxicology Program (NTP) shows an increase in incidents of brain and heart cancer in animals exposed to EMF.

6) Firefighters got an exemption from cell towers on their building, after facing neurological symptoms and other health problems — what about our most vulnerable populations such as children? http://fearlessparent.org/cell-tower-hypocrisy-rescuing-firefighters-not-kids/

7) More than 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry.

8) SB 649 creates unsafe working conditions for utility workers.  SB 649 antennas will be placed on utility poles, and utility workers will be exposed all day up close.

After asking Gov. Brown to veto SB 649, what else can you do?  Post a link to this website on your Facebook page, your Twitter feed or your Instagram account. http://www.noon649.org/ Together we can protect the health and safety of all Californians!  Thank you taking a moment to do this, and for taking a stand on this important issue!

URGENT!  TAKE ACTION                          Submit COMPLAINT to CA Attorney General and Governor | Demand VETO on SB649

URGENT! TAKE ACTION Submit COMPLAINT to CA Attorney General and Governor | Demand VETO on SB649

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING COMPLAINT

(Links to Complaint forms below)

To stop SB649 from becoming a law, we need to make a formal complaint to the CA Attorney General whose job it is to inform the Governor regarding the legality of legislation, uphold the law, and protect our rights. This complaint demands that the Governor VETO SB649 based on several legal grounds.

Below are clear instructions.  Please print the form; fill it out; and either fax it, or online-fax it* (instructions below) as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the Governor does not provide an email only a fax number.

If you have a question, please contact Brenda at 310-458-8886 or email her at brenschl@gmail.com.

We need a mass of complaints to be submitted to the Governor and Attorney General (see more information about the complaint below).

IMPORTANT – We expect the Governor to sign SB649 soon. Thus we need to submit these complaints immediately. PLEASE try to fax these complaints to the Governor and AG as soon as possible – ideally by Monday, September 18th.  

PLEASE contact any person you know in CA to do the same. This is IMPORTANT. Let’s make this happen!!

Thank you,

Kevin Mottus                      

INSTRUCTIONS

(NOTE – YOU CAN TYPE DIRECTLY ONTO THE DOCUMENT, SAVE, AND/OR PRINT IT.)

Step 1:

Choose the complaint that most closely applies to you.  

  1. Person Sick with Electro-Sensitivity – Complaint to Governor and Attorney General
  2. Person Sick with Cancer – Complaint to Governor and Attorney General
  3. Person Not Yet Sick from Wireless – Complaint to Governor and Attorney General

Step 2:

Complete your personal information in Section 1.

Step 3:

Complete your sickness information (if applicable) in Section 2.

Step 4:

Print the form and sign it.

Step 5:

Fax the Complaint to the Governor and the AG.

Fax completed form to the Governor: (916) 558 3160

Fax completed form to the Attorney General: (916) 445 6749

The Governor does not have an email address. He does not want to make it easy for you to give him feedback. Please make the effort to fax him your complaint.

* Fax Online for Free using: https://faxzero.com/fax_governor/California

Or find a fax in hotels, office depot, Staple, Fed-Ex Office, UPS store, Mail-Box Etc (if you do not have one).

Please keep a copy of your complaint for your records.

Step 6:

Please save and email us a copy of your Complaint (no need for signature) so we can follow-up with the Governor and the Attorney General – (Email Brenda: brenschl@gmail.com)  If the form is hand-written, and it is difficult for you to scan, please email your contact info and to let us know that you submitted the Complaint and your contact information.

 Have a Questions?

Contact Brenda at 310-458-8886 or email her at brenschl@gmail.com if you have a question.

 Further explanation and background for the Complaint:

 SB649 is ILLEGAL. It violates the Constitutional Rights of every resident of California, essentially legalizes Criminal Assault and violates the Disability rights of those who already have become sick from wireless radiation. It is also illegal and discriminatory because of the exemption to fire stations/fighters. We should demand that our rights be protected.

It is the Role of the Governor and especially that of the State Attorney General to protect the rights, health and safety of the residents of their state and uphold the law. We need to demand that they comply with their legal responsibilities and the law.

This complaint explains why SB649 is illegal and how it would harm people and why it should not become law. Please fill out this form to demand that the CA Governor VETO SB649 and the Attorney General protect our rights and uphold the law, and if it becomes law challenge SB649.