Is 5G worth the risks?

To the editor,

Would our community allow placement of a 5G small cell, without questioning the consequences to public health? 5G wireless technology is an infrastructure that requires placing cellular transmitters every few hundred feet (two -10 homes). Attached to utility poles, as little as 10 feet from homes and public areas, these transmitters will emit the earlier generations (2-4G) and a different frequency (millimeter waves) not tested for safety or environmental impacts. It’s unconscionable that communities are legally barred, according to Section 704 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, from refusing installations due to health concerns. Recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a 2B Carcinogen (wireless, DDT, lead paint), a neurotoxin and genotoxin, this new 5G was actually weaponized by our military for crowd-control purposes. Through the enforcement of the Telecom Act, the FCC is mandating our exposure to these toxins.

In 1994, two years before the Telecom Act was passed, the U.S. Air Force published a report titled, “Radiofrequency/Microwave Radiation Biological Effects and Safety Standards: A Review” at Griffiss Air Force Base in New York.

It was released to the public in 2014. Conclusion: “Experimental evidence has shown that exposure to low intensity radiation has profound effects on biological processes ... Nonthermal disruptions have been observed to occur at power densities that are lower than necessary to induce thermal effects.”

The Federal Communications Commission Board, those making decisions as to what is safe, is comprised of no scientists or medical experts. The FCC guidelines that warranted change following this report in the 1990s, that only protected us “thermally,” are still in effect today.

We are now more than 1 million times higher than exposure limits set out in the 2012 Bioinitiative Report.

Consequently, “People’s Initiative,” represented by a  law firm in New York and Erin Brockovich’s firm (California), are suing the FCC and the Telecom Act. These law firms do not handle cases they’ll lose. Could this put the City of Durango at financial risk, should these lawsuits prevail? Can Durango afford the risks of 5G?

To learn more, follow @DurangoForSafeTechnology on Facebook.

– Deborah Shisler, Durango