Safe Schools for Prince George's County

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

What does the former President of Microsoft Canada Frank Clegg  think?  
Canada and the US have similar exposure standards and in Canada many physicians are urgently calling for action.
Listen to Frank Clegg describe his efforts towards safer regulations. 
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Q and A on Cell Towers

Q:    Are Cell Towers Safe?

A:    No. No medical organization states that cell tower radiation is safe.

Cell Towers emit radiofrequency microwave radiation. This radiation  has been on the World Health Organization’s Class 2B List of Possible Human Carcinogens since 2011.   Lead and DDT are also included on this list. Recent research suggests that cancer is only the “tip of the iceberg” and low level wireless microwave radiation is now associated with a host of other concerning biological effects. No medical organization that we know of says that cell tower radiation is safe. Read what Doctors state HERE.

Q:    What are the health issues related to cell tower radiation?

A:    The peer reviewed, scientific literature demonstrates a correlation between RF exposure and neurological, cardiac, and pulmonary disease as well as reproductive and developmental disorders, immune dysfunction, cancer, sleep changes and other health conditions. 

Q:    What is known about safety for children?

A:    Children are most at risk from RF radiation. Children's skulls are thinner their bone marrow and  eyes, absorb significantly more radiation than adults.  It is scientifically accepted that children are more vulnerable to the biological effects of microwave exposure because stem cells are more active in children and stem cells are known to be more affected by microwave radiation. Experimental studies are showing significant neurological changes from exposure to microwave radiation levels that meet our FCC guidelines. This means that just because it is legal, does not mean it is safe for kids. What about pregnant staff? Environmental exposures at critical periods can have profound effects on fetal and childhood development.

Q:    Is cell phone radiation the same type as cell tower radiation?

A:    Yes. The radiation is called Radio Frequency Radiation. It is low level microwave radiation. The Tower communicates with the Phone or device like a two way  microwave radio. The radiation is the same.

Q: I thought the World Health classification of RF as a Class 2 B carcinogen was only about cell phones, not cell tower radiation?

A: The classification is for RF radiation from any source. Dr. Robert Baan, a member of the WHO International Agency for the Research on Cancer, has specifically stated the following about the Class 2B Carcinogen status “ Although the key information came from mobile telephone use, the Working Group considered that the three types of exposure entail basically the same type of radiation, and decided to make an overall evaluation on RF-EMF, covering the whole radiofrequency region of the electromagnetic spectrum.In support of this, information from studies with experimental animals showed that effects on cancer incidence and cancer latency were seen with exposures to different frequencies within the RF region.So the classification 2B, possibly carcinogenic, holds for all types of radiation within the radiofrequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum, including the radiation emitted by base-station antennas, radio/TV towers, radar, Wi-Fi, smart meters, etc.

Q:    Don’t organizations such as the WHO, FDA, and the EPA say Cell Towers are safe?

A:    No.  They say “more research” is needed. They say evidence has not "proved" a link. Many  organizations insist upon undeniable proof of harm before taking any action.  It could take decades to prove-  just like smoking.

The EPA states, “More research is needed to clarify the question of safety.” Again, no medical organization that we know of has stated this radiation is safe. Try calling the American Academy of Pediatrics and asking for a statement about the safety of RF radiation. Here is their number: 847/434-4000 Please ask for President and if he cannot take your call please do leave him a message. Please tell the AAP you would like to know if cell tower radiation is safe for children.

Q:      What health issues could cell tower radiation cause? 
A:      In addition to cancer, the International Agency for the Research on Cancer just stated in  2014  that there is evidence of an effect of RF-EMF on some of endpoints: genotoxicity, effects on immune function, gene and protein expression, cell signalling, oxidative stress, apoptosis, effects on the blood-brain barrier and on the brain."
Several studies have shown impacts on sleep, the immune system and cognitive functioning. Read more about Health

Q: What is the United States doing in terms of research on this issue? 

A: Very little. ARodent Study is all that is being done with US funds at this time. Those rodents will be getting chronic non thermal exposures-similiar to a cell tower.  Why are our children being exposed to a radiation that our government is testing on rats? Why isn't our government doing more research?

In 2012 The Cell Phone Right to Know ActH.R. 6358was introduced receiving strong support from many organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics. This legislation called for  a comprehensive national research program to study whether exposure to wireless devices causes adverse biological effects to be directed by NIEHS and the EPA and exposure level regulation.  Learn more. 


Q:    Hasn’t our government set exposure standards based on science?

A:    The EPA and the FDA have never done a comprehensive scientific review of this radiation to set standards that protect human health. FCC standards were developed decades for the military when wireless technology was not widespread as it is today. Currently the EPA and FDA are not tasked to look at this issue and have never issued exposure guidelines. Many people erroneously think that the EPA is working on this issue or has set our exposure levels.

Q:    Are Doctors concerned about this?

A:    Yes. Those Doctors who research this issue are. The American Academy of Pediatrics is concerned and has called on the FCC to “Protect children’s health and wellbeing,” stating that “Children are not little adults and are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children.”

In February of 2014, the US Department of the Interior accused the US Federal government of employing outdated wireless radiation standards stating, “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.”

Exposure is cumulative. Low doses every day add up, and it is unknown what the total cumulative exposures of children in a classroom or playing field are, much less a school with a cell tower and dozens of classrooms with routers and personal devices in use. There is no government agency, federal or municipal, that currently has the mandate, ability or resources to measure the cumulative effects of wireless radiation from multiple sources at home, work or school with Wi-Fi, cell phones, tablets, home cordless phones.

Q:    Cell Towers are everywhere. Will a tower on a school make a  difference?

A:    Children spend most of their time at home sleeping and at school learning. Since exposure is cumulative and children will have a lifetime to be exposed, stopping cell towers on school grounds will make a tremendous difference. Children playing on athletic fields near towers will get significant cell tower radiation.

Q:    Cell Tower radiation levels are so low. How is this any different than the  electromagnetic radiation that has  been around since the Earth began?

A: In the USA, the FCC guidelines make it currently legal to allow RF radiation levels at 10 000 000 µW/m2, which is 10,000,000,000,000 (ten trillion) times higher than than the upper natural background levels we evolved to tolerate according to scientist Dr. Olle Johansson. He states the range 0.000001 – 0.00000000001 µW/m2 is the true natural background level during normal cosmic activities.

Q: This radiation is everywhere now.  How can it harm us?

A:    Our society has never before been exposed to levels even remotely close to the current levels of microwave radiation in our workplaces, homes and schools today. As an example see how the  research compares to FCC regulations.  According to Firstenberg, presented (2007) in an amended table by M. Havas, PhD of scientific findings to include FCC guideline info :  At 1/100th of FCC guidelines:sleep disorders, abnormal blood pressure, nervousness, weakness, fatigue, limb pain, joint pain, digestive problems, learning problems (fewer schoolchildren promoted). At 1/1000th of FCC guidelines:altered EEG, disturbed carbohydrate metabolism, enlarged adrenals, altered adrenal hormone levels. structural changes in liver, spleen, testes, and brain, slowing of the heart, increase in melatonin, decreased cell growth, increased sterility, childhood leukemia, impaired motor function, reaction time, memory and attention of school children, and altered sex ratio of children (fewer boys); cardiac arrhythmias and sometimes cardiac arrest (frogs); altered white blood cell activity in schoolchildren, headache, dizziness, irritability, fatigue, weakness, insomnia, chest pain, difficulty breathing, indigestion (humans – occupational exposure); 1% of FCC guideline: damaged mitochondria, nucleus of cells in hippocampus of brain, impaired memory and visual reaction time, redistribution of metals in the lungs, brain, heart, liver, kidney, muscles, spleen, bones, skin, blood. (5)

Q: We are told that each antenna panel generates less than 50 watts of power. Can something with such low power affect us?

A:Power is not the only factor when it comes to biological effects. In fact what seems to be critical to understanding the health  damage is the erratic nature of the pulse, not the power.  Low power does not mean low effects. The changing nature of the signal impacts our cells.

Think about it this way, if I punched you once a year, would it hurt you?

I  could argue that the power of the punch spread out over the entire year was really just a teeny tiny amount of power. I would average it over the year to show how low it is.

You would argue that it does not matter what the average power of my punch was . You would say the one punch broke your nose. Our cells are similar. They feel the punch. At a cellular level they are impacted. Cell phone radiation is erratic and hits our bodies in short bursts. We cannot see or taste this radiation but it is there.