Palo Alto 4G Small Cells: An Extreme Health Hazard

19 Small Cell 5G Antennas with Mailbox-sized Power Supply Cabinets in Palo Alto, CA

The following is a link to the planning documents for a high-density 4G Distributed Antenna System (DAS) in Palo Alto: 19 so-called “small Cell” antennas installed in high-density fashion in a 3 block x 6 block area that were deployed by Crown Castle on behalf of Verizon. Construction was completed and the antennas were powered on in November, 2016.

On 4/21/17, we completed measurements of Radio-Frequency Microwave Radiation (RF/MW radiation) on the sidewalks beneath and near these DAS antennas using a professionally-certified RF/MW radiation meter. The results show that these antennas are forcibly exposing Palo Alto residents, workers and visitors to hazardous levels of RF/MW radiation 24/7/365. Our RF/MW radiation measurements, unbelievably, are the only actual RF/MW radiation measurements every completed for this project.

These 19 so-called “small cell” antennas are forcibly exposing Palo Alto residents, workers and visitors to extremely hazardous levels of Radio-Frequency Microwave Radiation (RF/MW radiation) 24/7/365

Using manufacturer-approved metering techniques detailed here, on 4/21/17 we metered sidewalk RF/MW radiation exposures from 720,000 to 1,230,000 microwatts per square meter.

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CA Senate SB-649 Testimony

Testimony by Scientists for Wired Technology during the 4/4/17 Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Hearing regarding SB.649 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

Today, I will be entering substantial scientific evidence into the public record in my testimony. I have read and quantitatively evaluated many peer reviewed Supreme Court Daubert-rule-admissible, scientific studies that conclude direct damages to humans and other living organisms from pulsed radiofrequency microwave radiation, RFR for short.

I am not speaking about issues of concern, worry or risk, but about established biological hazards from RFR exposures. I attest and affirm my statements are true, accurate and within my personal knowledge.

The four studies I will introduce today supplement over 100 studies about adverse bio-effects from RFR exposures many times lower than current Federal RFR guidelines — studies that we entered into the public record in July 2015 in opposition to Assembly Bill 57 as one can view on Youtube here and here. House AB-57 is very similar to today’s bill, Senate Bill-649; both bills were co-authored by the same CA Assembly Member, Bill Quirk.

CA Bill AB57: Part 1: Testimony on Wireless Health Effects

CA Bill AB57: Part 2: Testimony on Wireless Health Effects

Both AB-57 and SB-649 are Ready Fire, Aim bills — unnecessary gifts to the Wireless industry because mobile wireless coverage in CA is complete: 99% of Californians can make calls and texts from multiple carriers. These two bills are about capacity, not coverage, and for frivolous activities, not essential activities. Only essential activities, making emergency calls and texts, justifies pre-emption of local ordinances and controls over placement of wireless antennas. So-called “small cells” and 5G frequencies (600 MHz to 90,000 MHz) are not necessary for making calls or sending texts — 2G, 3G and 4G technologies already handle those tasks just fine. 5G frequencies are for frivolous entertainment, such as viewing videos wirelessly.

In addition, the total equipment needed for so-called “small cells”, makes these installations huge: refrigerator-size electrical power supplies (28 to 35 cubic feet) — which will be allowed to be installed unfettered in the public right of way by SB.649. Local counties, cities and towns must retain their rights to refuse installation of this ugly, unnecessary and dangerous equipment because doing so is excessive and does not best serve the needs of its local community, as evidenced by recent legal actions in Ohio.

On March 20, 2017, 80 Ohio Cities filed law suits against the State of Ohio for Senate Bill 331, a bill very similar to California SB.649.

Please see the photos and captions submitted to Committee member staffers by email on 4/3/17 and included at the end of this written testimony, illustrating the allowed sizes of the so-called “small cell” electrical supply cabinets per SB.649 — as large at 35 cubic feet, which is an excessive nuisance in the public right of way.

Four Important Scientific Studies Entered Into the Public Record on 4/4/17

In May 2016, the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), released substantial scientific proof of carcinogenesis casued by RFR in its $25 million. 16-year toxiciology study, the largest and most complete toxicology study ever completed. Dr. Ronald L. Melnick, the lead designer of the NTP study stated:

So, what’s the message from all of this? We tested the hypothesis that [radio-frequency microwave] radiation could not cause health effects and we feel that the hypothesis has now been disproved because these results clearly show that [radio-frequency microwave] radiation can cause adverse health effects. . .

The finding of increases of gliomas and schwannomas of the heart in rats exposed to the radio-frequency radiation provides consistency with the epidemiological reports of increases of gliomas and acoustic neuromas, which are tumors of Shwann cells among humans exposed to [radio-frequency] radiation. Those were the findings that provided the basis for the IARC evaluation of 2011, because the same cells that became cancerous in rats are the cells that have been reported to develop into tumors in [human] epidemiological studies . . .

The incidence of tumors is not the measurement of risk alone. Risk is determined from both the dosimetry, which is the absorbed power [multiplied by] time [of exposure], versus the tumor response . . . because of the large number of [exposed human] users worldwide, even a small increase in risk at exposure propensities that may be close to what humans experience, could result in a large number of people developing a RF-radiation-induced tumor with long-term exposure.

Conclusion: It is inappropriate to greenlight SB.649 today without full consideration of these substantial scientific data and the additional data from the NTP study which will be reported later in 2017. Please vote NO to stop SB.649 today and wait to first carefully consider these research results before taking action.

Dr. Trevor Marshall reports the following in his 2016 paper Electrosmog and Autoimmune Disease:

The experiments described in this paper confirm that biological molecules are constantly moving and interact with timescales measured in picoseconds. As a result, forces will be exerted on the charged atoms within these molecules by incident electromagnetic fields, including Electrosmog, including Microwave Radio-Frequency Radiation (RFR) from cellular phone base stations. Pulsed RFR often occurs as steep, needle-like peaks that are 1 micro-second in duration (1000 times slower than a typical molecular response). It is important to have very-fast-acting peak reading signal level meters when measuring the biological interaction potential of electromagnetic waves.

Conclusion: Research for RF/MW radiation bio-effects will only move forward when scientists start to use Faraday cages for test and control animals, like they did in the $25 million, 16-year NTP Study. Signals a million times lower than those currently being used in US Cities may be sufficient to elicit tangible changes in human biology.

Dr. W. Ross Adey reports the following in his 1993 paper Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields:

[My] conclusion is that many observed interactions are not based on tissue heating. Modulation of cell surface chemical events by weak EM fields indicates a major amplification of initial weak triggers associated with binding of hormones, antibodies, and neurotransmitters to their specific binding sites. Calcium ions play a key role in this amplification. These studies support new concepts of communication between cells across the barriers of cell membranes; and point with increasing certainty to an essential physical organization in living matter, at a far finer level than the structural and functional image defined in the chemistry of molecules . . . The evidence indicates mediation by highly nonlinear, nonequilibrium processes at critical steps in signal coupling across cell membranes. There is increasing evidence that these events relate to resonant responses in bio-molecular systems, and not to equilibrium thermodynamics associated with thermal energy exchanges and tissue heating.

Conclusion: Federal RF/MW radiation guidelines are scientifically unsound and cannot be relied upon to protect humans or other living organisms. So called “Small Cell” Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) installed on utililty/light poles and nonpole structures in the public right-of-way will place sources of RF/MW radiation as close as 10 feet from second-story bedroom windows, which will harm residents, especially since the antennas will run 24/7/365, causing widespread microwave radiation sickness.

Yakymenko et al reports in this 2011 paper Long-Term Exposure To Microwave Radiation Provokes Cancer Growth: Evidence From Radars And Mobile Communication Systems:

[We are reporting] carcinogenic effects of long term exposure to low intensity microwave radiofreqency/microwave (RF/MW) radiation . . . a number of reports revealed that under certain conditions the irradiation by low intensity RF/MW radiation can substantially induce cancer progression in humans and in animal models. The carcinogenic effect of MW irradiation is typically manifested after long term (up to 10 years and more) exposure. Nevertheless, even a year of operation of a powerful base transmitting station for mobile communication reportedly resulted in a dramatic increase of cancer incidence among population living nearby.

Conclusion: It would be a public health crisis to approve this invasion of so-called “Small Cell” Distributed Antenna System Antennas/Electrical Supplies into residential neighborhoods, near schools, hospitals, elder-care facilities or public parks.

Electrical Supply Cabinets: 28-35 Cubic Feet ALLOWED FOR EACH Utility Pole or Nonpole Structure

Documents Entered into the Public Record during the 4/4/17 Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Hearing regarding SB.649 Wireless Telecommunications Facilities

Oppose CA SB.649: Wireless Telecommunications Bill

SB.649: A CA State Bill Attempting to put Lipstick on a Pig

Senate Bill 649 is a proposed law (mostly written by AT&T, Verizon and the lobbying group, CTIA), to allow bulky and large cell phone equipment sites nearly anywhere — including refrigerator-sized electrical supply cabinets on streets and sidewalks in front of homes. SB.649 is a bad bill; it cannot be corrected by any clever amendments. Urge your CA State Senators to vote NO on SB.649. Californians deserve much better: One Big Dig — fiber optic cables buried in the ground to every business, home school and farm. Doing so makes all of the equipment shown below unnecessary.

These are the large electrical supply cabinets that SB.649 would allow to be placed on the sidewalk directly in front of your home. The various cabinets are for equipment and that can pollute your neighborhood with 24/7 noise and can leak toxic chemicals. The cabinets contain all kinds of electrical equipment, burning energy 24/7/365 to support the broadcasting of Radio-Frequency Microwave Radiation (RF/MW radiation) directly into your bedrooms 24/7/365, forcing residents to endure the following:

  • 24/7/365 exposure to hazardous RF/MW radiation: proven  by our Federal government’s $25 million 16-year study to cause cancer and DNA damage
  • RF/MW radiation exposure also causes sleep problems, headaches and suppression of melatonin, a hormone critical for preventing cancer
  • Noisy cooling fans
  • Computers
  • Lead-acid batteries
  • Electric meters
  • Strong electric and magnetic fields from this equipment
  • Lots of Electrical waste (high frequency voltage transients) dumped back onto the electrical lines which flows directly into your homes

You will have to endure the presence of all of above (and your local government will have no say authority to say “NO”, if SB.649 passes. SB.649 guts local authority to prevent the abomination shown in this photo and is taxpayer giveaway to Wireless Carriers, the large campaign contributors or our legislators.

Please read two interesting recent articles: one by Susan Crawford (Handcuffing Cities to Help Telecom Giants) and the other by Omar Masry (SB.649 Challenges | Legislative Pitfalls).

We Don’t Want Cell Towers in Our Yards

The next hearing for California Senate Bill SB.649 is scheduled for 4/26/17 at 9:30 am in Room 112 in front of the CA Senate Governance and Finance Committee. We need hundreds of people to meet at Starbucks at 7:15 am on 4/26/17: 1123 12th St/L St., Sacramento, CA 95814 ($12/day early bird parking next door on 12th St. near Hyatt Regency). We will meet there and then walk over to the meeting together around 7:30 am to be the first in line. Continue reading “Oppose CA SB.649: Wireless Telecommunications Bill”

Ohio Cities Sue State Over Wireless Antennas

Press Release: Ohio Cities to Challenge Wireless Facilities Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Members of the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association (“COMMA”) announced today the filing of legal action seeking to overturn S.B. 331 passed by the General Assembly late last December. COMMA, an association of 17 cities within the Columbus region, is also being joined by members of the Greater Dayton Mayors and Managers Association and other Ohio cities seeking court action to overturn a law which they believe violates the Ohio Constitution.

Press conference on Youtube here

SB 331 was passed by the Ohio General Assembly during the lame-duck session at the end of 2016. The bill was signed by Governor Kasich December 19, 2016 and is set to become effective March 21. Continue reading “Ohio Cities Sue State Over Wireless Antennas”

Hazards of EMFs and RF Microwave Radiation

For 25 years, starting in 1953, the Russians used Microwave RF Radiation (RFR) to covertly attack the U. S. embassy staff in Moscow, Russia. The ongoing irradiation campaign affected about 1,800 employees and 3,000 dependents housed at the embassy during this period. The Russians targeted the U.S. embassy with RFR weapons from 2400 to 4100 MegaHertz (MHz), frequencies with wavelengths around 3 to 5 inches that are very similar to the wavelengths and power levels saturating us today where we live, work, go to school, commute and play. The very same adverse health outcomes inflicted on U. S. embassy personnel (cancer, miscarriages, cataracts, immune system damages and more) are being caused today by the use of and exposure to ubiquitous Wireless mobile devices and infrastructure. Continue reading “Hazards of EMFs and RF Microwave Radiation”

3/2/17 Senate Hearing on Wireless Technology and Spectrum Policy

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Value of Spectrum the the U.S. Economy

Highlights of Congressional Record for March 2, 2017.

Wireless Technology and Spectrum Policy Representatives from the communications industry testified at a hearing on wireless technology and spectrum policy, including the Federal Communication Commission’s recent spectrum auctions. Issues addressed included the innovation, economic impact and future security of communications and wireless devices and applications, as well as the licensing and efficiency of spectrum usage by those continually evolving technologies.

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