Safe Schools for Prince George's County

Parents, Neighbors, and Students Against  Cell Towers on School Property


We thank you for covering our efforts to safeguard the health of our children.

Please contact us anytime at safeschoolspg@gmail.com. We have listed below some important press releases. Click to be directed to them.

3/30/2015 Prince George’s County Public Schools Found in Violation of Open Meetings Act For Not Providing Parent With BOE Meeting Minutes.

1/22/2015  MD Coalition Releases Emails Showing PG Board of Education Communications with Cell Tower Vendor

Read additional emails between Milestone and PGCPS here. 

​11/26/2014 City Council of Greenbelt, Maryland Unanimously Opposes Cell Towers on School Property

11/26/2014 Maryland City Votes Unanimously to Alert Citizens to the Health Risks of Cell Phone/Wireless Radiation and to Oppose Cell Towers on School Grounds  EHT on Releasewire 

​​11/27/2014 The Maryland Coalition Against Cell Towers on School Grounds has Been Formed

9/1/2014 PG County NAACP President Bob Ross Takes a Stand Against Cell Towers on School Grounds


Quick Facts:
  • FCC Radiation Regulations are under official review right now - specifically asking if a precautionary approach should be taken with children due to the research showing long term exposure to RF radiation may increase cancer risk.
  • Scientists across the world  are calling for a much lower safety limit, thousands  of times lower.
  • The current cell tower plans will violate PG County Code  which stipulates no more than 4 maintenance worker visits a year but permits are still moving forward without a special exception process. 
  • Most parents and residents in Prince George's County are unaware of the cell towers going up in their schools and neighborhoods. 


  • Public Information Request to get acess to BOE and CEO emails with Milestone will cost 4,532 dollars says PGCPS.  
  • Dr. Moskowitz' Press Release on FCC Standards and review.
  • DC Court Allows Expert Testimony in Litigation Alleging Cell Phone-Linked Tumors




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. 

See the Blog Post with the Full Letter here. 


FCC: 98 Scientific Experts Demand Stronger Regulation of Cellphone Radiation

Of the more than 950 submissions to the FCC regarding  its outmoded, 18-year-old cell phone radiation regulations, almost all  call for stronger regulation. Most cite research that finds cell phone  radiation harmful to humans.
 
PRLog - Aug. 4, 2014 - BERKELEY, Calif. -- In response to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) request for  input regarding its radiofrequency radiation regulations adopted in  1996, more than 950 individuals and organizations submitted thousands of testimonials, research papers and scientific publications.

Almost all  of these submissions supported the need for stronger cell phone  radiation regulations.The submissions included four resolutions  signed by scientific experts who have published research on wireless  radiation and health in scientific journals. These resolutions call on  governments to issue stronger regulations on wireless radiation,  especially cell phone radiation.The four declarations were  signed by 98 scientists from 23 nations between 2002 and 2014.  

A list  of the scientists who signed these petitions can be found on my  Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site at http://www.saferemr.com/ (“Part III: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations--98 Scientific Experts Who Signed Resolutions”).

In addition to these four resolutions, numerous individual experts  submitted written testimony to the FCC calling for stronger regulation  of cell phone radiation.With the exception of submissions from  wireless industry corporations and associations, virtually all of the  submissions to the FCC including those from various government agencies  demand that the Federal government strengthen cell phone regulations to  protect public health in the 21st century.

Current regulatory  standards only protect us from thermal or heating risks; yet, many  hundreds of laboratory studies have found that low-intensity,  non-thermal exposure to cell phone radiation can promote carcinogenic  mechanisms. Moreover, research on humans has found that 25 years of  mobile phone use is associated with a three-fold risk of brain cancer.The World Health Organization has classified cell phone radiation as "possibly carcinogenic" to humans, and the European Environmental Agency and fifteen nations  have issued precautionary health warnings about cell phone radiation and recommendations on how to reduce risks. Nonetheless, the wireless  industry in the U.S. has vigorously opposed precautionary health  warnings. Furthermore, the wireless industry has lobbied to weaken the  Federal cell phone radiation standards to correspond to those  established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation  Protection (ICNIRP), a self-appointed, non-profit organization  consisting of 13 voting members.

I have posted to my  Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site a list of key submissions to  the FCC that reflect the industry position as well as the experts’  testimony (“Part I: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation  Regulations--Key Testimony Submitted to the FCC”). Part I also contains links to the four expert resolutions. Part II contains links to published research papers, monographs and reports  on wireless radiation and health that can be downloaded from the FCC's  website (“Part II: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation  Regulations--Key Research Papers Submitted to the FCC”). A publicly-available archive of all documents submitted to the FCC can be  found at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/execute?proceedin....


Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.School of Public Health
University of California,
BerkeleyElectromagnetic Radiation Safety
http://www.saferemr.com/
Media Contact
Joel Moskowitzjmm@berkeley.edu
FCC: 98 Scientific Experts Demand Stronger Regulation of Cellphone Radiation Of the more than 950 submissions to the FCC regarding its outmoded, 18-year-old cell phone radiation regulations, almost all call for stronger regulation. Most cite research that finds cell phone radiation harmful to humans. PRLog – Aug. 4, 2014 – BERKELEY, Calif. — In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) request for input regarding its radiofrequency radiation regulations adopted in 1996, more than 950 individuals and organizations submitted thousands of testimonials, research papers and scientific publications. Almost all of these submissions supported the need for stronger cell phone radiation regulations. The submissions included four resolutions signed by scientific experts who have published research on wireless radiation and health in scientific journals. These resolutions call on governments to issue stronger regulations on wireless radiation, especially cell phone radiation. The four declarations were signed by 98 scientists from 23 nations between 2002 and 2014. A list of the scientists who signed these petitions can be found on my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site at http://www.saferemr.com/ (“Part III: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations–98 Scientific Experts Who Signed Resolutions”). In addition to these four resolutions, numerous individual experts submitted written testimony to the FCC calling for stronger regulation of cell phone radiation. With the exception of submissions from wireless industry corporations and associations, virtually all of the submissions to the FCC including those from various government agencies demand that the Federal government strengthen cell phone regulations to protect public health in the 21st century. Current regulatory standards only protect us from thermal or heating risks; yet, many hundreds of laboratory studies have found that low-intensity, non-thermal exposure to cell phone radiation can promote carcinogenic mechanisms. Moreover, research on humans has found that 25 years of mobile phone use is associated with a three-fold risk of brain cancer. The World Health Organization has classified cell phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans, and the European Environmental Agency and fifteen nations have issued precautionary health warnings about cell phone radiation and recommendations on how to reduce risks. Nonetheless, the wireless industry in the U.S. has vigorously opposed precautionary health warnings. Furthermore, the wireless industry has lobbied to weaken the Federal cell phone radiation standards to correspond to those established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), a self-appointed, non-profit organization consisting of 13 voting members. I have posted to my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site a list of key submissions to the FCC that reflect the industry position as well as the experts’ testimony (“Part I: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations–Key Testimony Submitted to the FCC”). Part I also contains links to the four expert resolutions. Part II contains links to published research papers, monographs and reports on wireless radiation and health that can be downloaded from the FCC’s website (“Part II: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations–Key Research Papers Submitted to the FCC”). A publicly-available archive of all documents submitted to the FCC can be found at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/execute?proceedin…. Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D. School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley Electromagnetic Radiation Safety http://www.saferemr.com/ Media Contact Joel Moskowitz jmm@berkeley.edu — End — inShare Contact Email : ***@berkeley.edu Email Verified Source : UC Berkeley Center for Family and Community Health City/Town : Berkeley – California – United States Industry : Health, Telecom Tags : cell phone radiation, fcc, regulation, warning, health risk Shortcut : prlog.org/12355167 - See more at: http://thefullertoninformer.com/are-ipads-safe-in-the-laps-of-school-children-why-are-women-getting-breast-cancer-from-keeping-cell-phones-in-their-bras/#sthash.iwXJnpTB.dpuf
FCC: 98 Scientific Experts Demand Stronger Regulation of Cellphone Radiation Of the more than 950 submissions to the FCC regarding its outmoded, 18-year-old cell phone radiation regulations, almost all call for stronger regulation. Most cite research that finds cell phone radiation harmful to humans. PRLog – Aug. 4, 2014 – BERKELEY, Calif. — In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) request for input regarding its radiofrequency radiation regulations adopted in 1996, more than 950 individuals and organizations submitted thousands of testimonials, research papers and scientific publications. Almost all of these submissions supported the need for stronger cell phone radiation regulations. The submissions included four resolutions signed by scientific experts who have published research on wireless radiation and health in scientific journals. These resolutions call on governments to issue stronger regulations on wireless radiation, especially cell phone radiation. The four declarations were signed by 98 scientists from 23 nations between 2002 and 2014. A list of the scientists who signed these petitions can be found on my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site at http://www.saferemr.com/ (“Part III: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations–98 Scientific Experts Who Signed Resolutions”). In addition to these four resolutions, numerous individual experts submitted written testimony to the FCC calling for stronger regulation of cell phone radiation. With the exception of submissions from wireless industry corporations and associations, virtually all of the submissions to the FCC including those from various government agencies demand that the Federal government strengthen cell phone regulations to protect public health in the 21st century. Current regulatory standards only protect us from thermal or heating risks; yet, many hundreds of laboratory studies have found that low-intensity, non-thermal exposure to cell phone radiation can promote carcinogenic mechanisms. Moreover, research on humans has found that 25 years of mobile phone use is associated with a three-fold risk of brain cancer. The World Health Organization has classified cell phone radiation as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans, and the European Environmental Agency and fifteen nations have issued precautionary health warnings about cell phone radiation and recommendations on how to reduce risks. Nonetheless, the wireless industry in the U.S. has vigorously opposed precautionary health warnings. Furthermore, the wireless industry has lobbied to weaken the Federal cell phone radiation standards to correspond to those established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), a self-appointed, non-profit organization consisting of 13 voting members. I have posted to my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site a list of key submissions to the FCC that reflect the industry position as well as the experts’ testimony (“Part I: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations–Key Testimony Submitted to the FCC”). Part I also contains links to the four expert resolutions. Part II contains links to published research papers, monographs and reports on wireless radiation and health that can be downloaded from the FCC’s website (“Part II: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations–Key Research Papers Submitted to the FCC”). A publicly-available archive of all documents submitted to the FCC can be found at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/execute?proceedin…. Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D. School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley Electromagnetic Radiation Safety http://www.saferemr.com/ Media Contact Joel Moskowitz jmm@berkeley.edu — End — inShare Contact Email : ***@berkeley.edu Email Verified Source : UC Berkeley Center for Family and Community Health City/Town : Berkeley – California – United States Industry : Health, Telecom Tags : cell phone radiation, fcc, regulation, warning, health risk Shortcut : prlog.org/12355167 - See more at: http://thefullertoninformer.com/are-ipads-safe-in-the-laps-of-school-children-why-are-women-getting-breast-cancer-from-keeping-cell-phones-in-their-bras/#sthash.iwXJnpTB.dpuf


DC Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg last week stated

"If there is even a reasonable possibility that cell phone radiation is carcinogenic, the time for action in the public health and regulatory sectors is upon us. Even though the financial and social cost of restricting such devices would be significant, those costs pale in comparison to the cost in human lives from doing nothing, only to discover thirty or forty years from now that the early signs were pointing in the right direction....If the probability of carcinogenicity is low, but the magnitude of the potential harm is high, good public policy dictates that the risk should not be ignored."


Court Allows Expert Testimony in Litigation Alleging Cell Phone-Linked Tumors

PR Newswire

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 info@powersmediaworks.com.

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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: safeschoolspg@gmail.com

Coalition Petition: Stop Cell Towers on Prince George's County Schools

http://www.change.org/p/dr-maxwell-and-pgps-board-stop-cell-towers-from-being-erected-on-prince-george-s-county-school-property?recruiter=131651960&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition