Maryland Legislative Proposals to Mandate Implementation of Small Cell Towers/5G
By Dr. Ronald N. Kostoff
The Maryland legislature has proposed Senate and House Bills (SB 1188 and HB 1767) that would significantly impair the ability of municipalities to regulate the siting of small cellular antennas and related infrastructure. They would preempt local authority regarding height of poles, size of equipment, amount of fees, and other critical factors that would affect quality of life issues in municipalities. These Bills would convert an intrinsically local issue into a state issue. Most of all, they would be a major contributing factor to the onset of myriad serious diseases. At the end of this letter is a link to Comments I recently sent to the Maryland legislature in opposition to both of these Bills.
MASS KILLINGS WITH GUN-BASED ASSAULT WEAPONS
The health issue related to these small cell towers is central, and needs to be placed in proper context. Two weeks ago, a lone gunman opened fire in a school in Parkland, FL, killing 17 and wounding 14. This horrific event sparked outrage among politicians, the media, and citizens across the USA. It is the latest in a series of such mass killing events. From 1982-2018, it is estimated that such mass murders resulted in the deaths of over 800 people, an average of about twenty-five per year over that period.
MASS KILLINGS WITH RADIOFREQUENCY-BASED ASSAULT WEAPONS
By comparison, our existing cell towers and other wireless transmitting devices are essentially assault weapons firing on our schools, our commercial and government buildings, and our residences, 24/7/52. The ‘bullets’ they fire are not lead, but rather are packets of non-ionizing radiofrequency radiation (RFR). In the long-term, they are far more deadly than their lead counterparts because they will impact most of the population, as my EMF health effects book chapter and attached letter show.
Where is the outrage of the media on these fully automatic and continuous RFR-based assault weapons relentlessly attacking our schools and most of our population, 24/7/52? Over time, these RFR-based assault weapons will inflict orders of magnitude more suffering and premature deaths than the mass gun-based shootings ever would. Why isn’t the damage inflicted by these RFR-based assault weapons discussed at the top of every media front page?
Where is the outrage of our local, state, and Federal politicians over proposals to greatly enhance the power of these RFR-based assault weapons by mandating rapid implementation of millions of 5G cell towers throughout our population? I am hearing impassioned pleas by members of Congress to reduce and restrict the numbers of gun-based assault weapons throughout society in order to to reduce the probability of these mass killings. Where are their similarly impassioned pleas to reduce the far greater danger from RFR-based assault weapons?
GENERAL POPULATION RESPONSE
Where is the outrage of the general population and the students on having been subjected to these RFR ‘bullets’ in the past from 2G and 3G technology, in the present from the addition of 4G technology, and potentially in the future from the addition of 5G technology?
I applaud the demonstrating of our citizens, especially the students, against the gun-based violence in the schools. Why are they not doing similar, if not greater, demonstrating against these RFR-based assault weapons we euphemistically call cell towers? These RFR-based assault weapons have resulted, are resulting, and will certainly result in producing far more suffering and premature deaths than the horrific mass gun-based shootings ever will.
As I point out in the attached letter, 5G has (for all practical purposes) never had anything resembling credible safety testing performed. Yet, we are deluged with proposals from local, state, and Federal officials to remove any impediments to accelerated implementation of millions of these 5G-transmitting small cell towers throughout the USA.
How would these politicians react if one of the major airlines introduced a fleet of new transport planes that had never been flight tested? Would they participate in the inaugural flights? Would they volunteer members of their family to participate in the inaugural flights? Analogous to what they are proposing for 5G and its infrastructure, would they mandate that their constituents participate in the inaugural flights? If not, why are they willing to mandate the imposition of 5G and its infrastructure on their constituents?
In fact, the premier biomedical literature tells us in no uncertain terms that these RFR-based assault weapons are extremely dangerous to human health above some relatively low RFR threshold exposures. These results are obtained despite the conduct of most RFR health impact studies under conditions most favorable to minimizing adverse health impacts of RFR.
Implementation of these 5G/small cell tower proposals at the local, state, or Federal level should be opposed to the maximum extent possible!