U.S. House Bill Seeks to Eliminate Environmental Review for Many Wireless Telecommunications Facilities
23 April 2020 | Scientists For Wired Technology | Adapted from an article by B.N. Frank, Apr 23, 2020 |
HR.6648 counters the important Aug 9, 2019 Ruling from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down a NEPA exemption for so-called “small” Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (sWTFs) in Case No. 18-1129 — Keetowah et. al v. FCC.
This Wireless industry-friendly bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives says that the FCC does not need to perform any environmental review for Densified 4G and 5G and sWTF under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Language from Bill HR.6648.
The FCC shall not be required to perform, and may not require any entity regulated by the Commission to perform, any review under such Act or division as a condition of permitting the placement and installation of a communications facility if the new facility —
- will be located within a public right-of-way; and
- is not more than 50 feet tall or 10 feet higher than any existing structure in the public right-of-way, whichever is higher;
- the placement and installation involve the expansion of the site of an existing facility not more than 30 feet in any direction.
The bill, HR 6488, will undo last year’s historic ruling that vacated the FCC’s decision to do away with NEPA review of small cell deployments. Representative John Shimkus of Illinois introduced the bill which has now been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources.
This bill would directly reverse the August 2019 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit which halted the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to expedite the deployment of 5G technology. The FCC had issued an order in March 2018 eliminating environmental and historic preservation review for Wireless Telecommunications Facilities (WTFs) of any G and of various sizes. The FCC had reasoned that even though the industry planned to deploy as many as 800,000 of these 50-foot (or taller) towers in neighborhoods and historic districts around the country, it was not in the public interest to review their potential impacts. The Natural Resources Defense Council, several Native American Tribes and intervenor Edward B. Myers appealed FCC Order 18-30 and won. In 2019 the Court found that the FCC had failed to adequately address the harms of its deregulatory efforts and failed to address the benefits of environmental and historic preservation review.
This 2020 bill seeks to reverse that historic win.
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Original Activistpost article here.
CALL TO OPPOSE H.R. 6488 — Attempt to Exempt FCC from Required NEPA Review
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WE DO NOT CONSENT. CALL TO OPPOSE Anti-Environment/Anti-Health Bill — H.R. 6488;
ZERO exemptions. FCC must meet NEPA requirements for environmental review.
Let your Representative and Senator know that you do not consent to hazardous environmental contamination by radiofrequency microwave RF/MW radiation transmissions from telecommunications facilities (4G-5G), or involuntary exposure to harmful wireless radiation deployment via infrastructure.
The People have already paid for, and want safe, fast, reliable, and cyber secure fiber optic cable all the way to the premises, not constant exposure to hazardous transmissions of wireless radiofrequency microwave RF/MW radiation (4G-5G).
(1) NEPA Environmental Reviews are critical to protecting humans, animals, trees, plants, insects and other wildlife from hazardous pollution such as radiofrequency microwave RF/MW radiation pollution (4G-5G).
(2) Tens of thousands of peer reviewed scientific studies have established bio-effects from exposure to radiofrequency microwave RF/MW radiation, especially to children, seniors, veterans and other vulnerable populations.
(3) 4G is the backbone of 5G, we know it is harmful, as our military uses RF/MW radiation as weaponry and crowd control. Let’s stop this silent and invisible pollution war on people, nature, and the environment!
(4) Bees, birds and pollinating insects are absolutely vital pollinators in growing food and must be protected from deadly exposures to radiofrequency microwave RF/MW radiation emissions.
(5) Public Law H.R. 10790 — “Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968”:
“An Act to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the protection of the public health from radiation emissions from electronic products.”
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