Parents, Neighbors, and Students Against Cell Towers on School Property
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Please contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have listed below some important press releases. Click to be directed to them.
Letter from the Prince George's County School System stating it will cost 4,532 for Public Information Request.
The Montgomery County Parents Coalition asked for documents, e-mails and correspondence that would explain what is going on between the Prince George's County Board of Education and Milestone Communications Management III, Inc. through a Maryland Public Information Act request.
It looks like quite a lot has gone on in just the last year between the PG Board of Education and Milestone Communications Management III. So much has gone on that the PG Board of Education is charging us $4,532 to see these documents!
$4,532! There has obviously been a lot of behind the scenes communication between the PG Board of Education and Milestone Communications Management III, Inc.
DC Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg last week stated
Court Allows Expert Testimony in Litigation Alleging Cell Phone-Linked Tumors
WASHINGTON Aug. 8 2014
WASHINGTON Aug. 8 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Washington D.C. superior court ruled that five scientific expert witnesses can testify for consumers suffering from brain tumors allegedly caused or promoted by cell phone use Ashcraft & Gerel LLPMorganroth and Morganroth PLLCLundy Lundy Soileau & South L.L.P. and co-counsel said today.
Judge Frederick H. Weisberg who is presiding over 13 consolidated lawsuits against the telecom industry ruled that experts met the Dyas/Frye legal standards and can offer testimony related to injury causation and health effects. The court held evidentiary hearings in December 2013 and January 2014 and reviewed hundreds of exhibits.
Judge Weisberg noted that while the court did not decide the issue of whether cell phones cause brain tumors new scientific studies and information have emerged recently. His order referred to a May 2014 French case-control epidemiological study that found support for "a possible association between heavy mobile phone use" and brain tumors.
Each of the plaintiffs in the litigation suffers from a brain tumor or is suing for a family of someone who died of brain cancer.
The plaintiffs are represented by Morganroth and Morganroth PLLC of Birmingham Mich.; Ashcraft & Gerel LLP of Washington D.C. and Lundy Lundy Soileau & South LLP of Lake Charles La.; The Knoll Law Firm LLC of Marksville La.; Pribanic & Pribanic LLC of Pittsburgh; Frasier Frasier & Hickman LLP of Tulsa Okla.; and Bernstein Liebhard LLP of New York.
Hunter Lundy of Lundy Lundy Soileau & South LLP said "The telecom industry argued for years that cell phone consumer litigants could not produce scientists who could relate exposure to cell phone radiation to tumors. The ruling today refutes that contention and our experts' opinions having met the Dyas/Frye test are admissible."
Jeffrey B. Morganroth of Morganroth and Morganroth PLLC said "We now have opinions and testimony from prominent scientific experts that will be admissible and support our clients' claims that cell phone radiation can cause brain tumors in humans. With this landmark ruling the cases are moving forward to fact discovery."
Michelle Parfitt and James F. Green of Ashcraft & Gerel LLP said "The evidence presented at the evidentiary hearings months ago only included publicly available materials and did not include any testing data or information in possession of the defendants. We will seek that information as soon as possible."
The first of the consolidated cases is "Michael Patrick Murray et al. v. Motorola Inc. et al." Case No. 2001 CA 008479 B in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. The defendants in the cases are Motorola Inc. Qualcomm Inc. Nokia Inc. Audiovox Communications Corp. and Samsung Telecomm American LLC.
Contact: Erin Powers Powers MediaWorks LLC for Ashcraft Gerel LLP email@example.com.
SOURCEAshcraft & Gerel LLP
Friday's decision by Judge Weisberg allowed 13 of the cases, which have been consolidated in one action, to go forward. The other 16 cases are being tried separately, but the parties in those cases agreed to be bound by Friday's decision.
In allowing the experts to testify, Judge Weisberg wrote:
"Federal law is the supreme law of the land, but there is no constitutional provision that says federal facts are the supreme facts of the land. Federal law can preempt state law, but it cannot preempt scientific fact. The scientific truth, whatever it may be, lies outside of the FCC’s regulations about what is “safe” or “unsafe.”
Press Release 8/6/2014
A Coalition is Taking Action to Stop Cell Towers on 73 Prince George's County MD Public Schools.
A diverse Coalition in Prince George’s County Maryland has formed and is acting to stop the construction of cell towers on school grounds. 73 Schools have been made available for cell towers by the Prince George's County Board of Education and several towers are moving forward despite community opposition.
Currently, the Coalition’s Petition has over 900 signatures. Members created a website http://www.SafeSchoolsPG.org detailing their concerns and a Facebook Page. Residents and parents have joined together on several different issues:
Safety Issues: Cell towers present several serious immediate safety hazards. Tower compounds store hazardous materials on site such as lead acid batteries and diesel fuel. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently investigating the high rate of cell tower worker accidents. Additionally, there are reports around the country of towers catching on fire resulting in evacuations.
Property Devaluation: Research has shown an up to 20% drop in the property value of homes near a cell tower. These towers are seen as an eyesore. The Coalition is concerned a proliferation of towers in the District could create a stigma that affects how the County is viewed.
Lack of Community Involvement in the Decision Making Process: Many community members feel they were not appropriately notified. Many parents had no idea of these plans at their child’s school. As an example, when door knockers went out in August on streets across from Tasker Middle School to get petition signatures, the residents they spoke to said they had not been notified. Despite residents now voicing their concerns, construction plans are moving forward.
Zoning Issues: Several towers are moving towards the permitting stage without going through the special exception process. The Coalition is questioning how these towers could meet county code. The towers are a commercial entity on public grounds in residential zoned areas.
Health Issues from Radiation Exposure: With the World Health Organization classifying cell tower radiation RF-EMF as a Possible Human Carcinogen in 2011, scientists and doctors, Including the American Academy of Pediatrics have called on the FCC to update current US exposure standards. Many Doctor’s state that current exposure standards are thousands of times too high to protect human health. Cell towers increase the levels of radiation in the vicinity of the tower. Parents are concerned about their children’s health.
Environmental Issues: The Department of the Interior wrote a letter in February 2014 concerned about the health of birds from this radiation at levels well below current FCC standards. Grass will be paved over to create roads for truck to drive on to the compound. Tower Compounds will take green space away from the school.
The Petition: The Coalition is calling for a cancellation of ALL cell-tower contracts. The petition is gaining national attention and has been signed in support by citizens from all over the United States.
"EMF/RFR from wifi and cell towers can exert a disorganizing effect on the ability to learn and remember, and can also be destabilizing to immune and metabolic function. This will make it harder for some children to learn, particularly those who are already having problems in the first place.” -Dr. Martha Herbert, pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at Harvard
Medical School Coalition members have requested information from the Board of Education and Dr. Maxwell to address their concerns. They have asked why residents and parents were not informed of these health and safety issues related to cell towers. Other countries are calling for reduced cell tower radiation exposures on children. FCC exposure standards have been called inadequate to protect health.
The website details their reasons for concern providing full documentation on each subject.
Coalition website: http://www.SafeSchoolsPG.org
Coalition Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coalition Petition: Stop Cell Towers on Prince George's County Schools