HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO TOWER EMISSIONS
While the FCC claims that wireless facilities are safe, the U.S. Department of the Interior states that “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by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.” Other countries now limit public exposure almost 50 times lower than the standards currently set by the FCC.
Studies have shown that even at low levels of radiation, there is evidence of biological damage, brain tumors, cancer, weakened immune function, and childhood leukemia.
The American Association of Pediatrics raises concerns that children may be more vulnerable than adults “because of the potentially greater susceptibility of their developing nervous systems; in addition, their brain tissue is more conductive, radiofrequency radiation penetration is greater relative to head size, and they will have a longer lifetime of exposure than adults.”
The county documents indicate plans to deploy 6 GHz radio technology on this tower.
NEGATIVE IMPACT ON PROPERTY VALUES
The unsightliness of these installations will have a negative impact on property values. Whether or not radiation emissions from these antennas are harmful is irrelevant. The perceived threat alone would lower property values. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines categorize cell towers with "hazards and nuisances," and HUD requires its certified appraisers to take the presence of nearby cell towers into consideration when determining the value of single-family residential properties.