So-Called Small Cell Towers Are About Life and Death
Letter from Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. to the Montgomery County Council, Maryland.
October 31, 2017
Roger Berliner, President
Hans Riemer, Vice President
Montgomery County Council
Montgomery County, Maryland
Dear President Berliner and Vice President Riemer,
My thanks to both of you gentlemen for your responses to my earlier email messages opposing small cell towers. Both of you cited factors of importance when considering the installation of these towers in Montgomery County. However, I was left uncertain about your own views of small cell towers. At present, do you favor the installation of small cell towers in Montgomery County, or not?
A. If You Favor Installation
If you favor installation and your goal is limited to maintaining control of the zoning requirements at the County level, then I can understand why County officials keep deflecting the substantial Daubert-rule admissible evidence about health hazards caused by exposures to pulsed, data-modulated, Radiofrequency Microwave (RF/MW) Radiation that have been entered into the public record by County residents. Hence the frequent references to the "environmental effects" exclusion in the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which has been incorrectly interpreted to be a "health effects" exclusion:
“No State or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the Commission’s regulations concerning such emissions.”
In the above quotation, the “Commission” is, of course, the Federal Communications Commission.