CA Senate SB-649 April 26 Testimony

Scientists For Wired Technology: 4/26/17 Mark Graham Testimony to the CA Senate the Governance and Finance Committee

Good morning, Senators. My name is Mark Graham and I represent Scientists for Wired Technology. In the Science marches across the country this past weekend one sign read, “At the start of every disaster movie is a scientist being ignored.”

SB649 is a disaster movie. It would bring cell phone tower antennas from where they are currently placed, 200 feet in the air and thousands of feet away from homes, to only 20 feet in the air and 20 feet from homes – 2nd story bedroom windows.

Please . . . don’t ignore . . . our best scientists. This will create a public health nightmare with a wide range of short term and long term health impacts.


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Palo Alto 4G Small Cells: An Extreme Health Hazard

19 “Small Cell” 4G Antennas with Faux-Mailbox Power Supplies 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. These antennas and their faux-maibox power supply cabinets were deployed on Palo Alto sidewalks 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 ever completed for this project.

The red dots on this map represent locations of 19 so-called “small cell” antennas that are forcibly exposing Palo Alto residents, workers and visitors to extremely hazardous levels of Radio-Frequency Microwave Radiation (RF/MW radiation) 24/7/365
The screen of the HF-59B meter (equipped with a DG20_G10 -20 dB attenuator) shows peak RF/MW radiation readings of 72,000 to 123,000 microwatts per square meter (µW/m²) when standing on the sidewalk below the “Small Cells”. Applying the correction factor for the high-speed, pulsed, digital signals of 4G/LTE, the peak levels of 4G/LTE RF/MW radiation are actually over 720,000 to 1,230,000 µW/m², per the GigaHertz Solutions’ product manual and product video.

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CA Senate SB-649 April 4 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


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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 a recent article by Susan CrawfordHandcuffing Cities to Help Telecom Giants. Continue reading “Oppose CA SB.649: Wireless Telecommunications Bill”

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”