• Parents, School Board Square Off Over Cell Towers On Campuses


    by Mitch Lehman

    More than three dozen parents packed the San Marino Unified School District office on Tuesday night to voice their opposition to the two cell phone towers that are located on SMUSD property – one at Valentine Elementary School and another at SMHS.

    Supporters of their removal, who claim to have collected almost two hundred and fifty signatures backing the movement, distributed bumper stickers in the parking lot after hearing a presentation from Andrew Thatcher, who was retained by the SMUSD to deliver a report on radiation levels at the schools.

    Ironically, according to Thatcher’s data, the facility where the highest readings were recorded was Carver Elementary School, which receives output from a cell tower located at the nearby Masonic Hall.

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    Added: October 13, 2012. 11:15 AM

    A cell tower was placed next to our grandchild’s elementary school. Our grandchild developed Childhood Lupus. The health effects of non-ionizing radiation are not limited to cancer. Powerwatch.org is a good resource for recent studies on the health effects of non-ionizing radiation. Studies are also available at Pubmed.gov. The problem is many other sources of non-ionizing radiation are increasing and the radiation is cumulative. We need to address these issues. A demand for safer technology can drive the creation of new, safer technology.

    I would like to see a website modeled after the Natural Alliance website that would provide members with letters that can be sent by email to their decision makers. The site drafts and sends the letters to each legislator, congressman senator and other government entities as the member requests. Thousands of letters are much more effective than one voice in the wilderness. You can be sure that the cell providers will act aggressively to stop any government action to force them to lower levels of radiation or restrict placement of antennae. Telecommunications has a lobbying budget second only to the oil industry.

     
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