Take Action_ NO on ZTA 19-07!
“..the public level of exposure, especially inside peoples homes will dramatically increase, along with an expected detrimental effect on their health. That the residents have no say in the matter is fundamentally undemocratic and a violation of their basic right to health.”
July 23, 2021 |
“I read with some trepidation that Wireless providers will be allowed, if this proposal ZTA 19-07 passes, to site small-cell infrastructure, including antennas, within 30 ft of residential buildings. The intention is that by utilizing existing street-light poles by simply added a small cell antenna, the provider would not even have to inform the siting of a new antenna.
Expected Exposure Levels and Current Safety Standards
In general, small cell antennas suitable for serving 4G/5G networks will have an output power between 6 – 10 Watts and an antenna gain for anything between 6 -15 dBi. They can be placed on poles as low as 6 meters in height. For most residential neighborhoods this means that many street-facing second story bedrooms will be in direct line of sight from the antenna. The equivalent power density(PD) at 9.14 meters (30 feet) is up to 0.3 W/m2, less than that allowed by the FCC (10 W/m2) at these frequencies, but far higher than those accepted by Russia, Switzerland and Italy (0.1 W/m2)  . This level is also far higher than what is today considered as reasonable biological safe, which is 0.1 mW/m2. More worryingly, this estimation is for a single antenna. As the structure of the cellular market is such that there will be competing companies and competing infrastructures, it is natural to assume that many antenna sites will have more than one antenna on them, working at different frequency bands. In short, the figure of 0.3 W/m2is an under-estimate of the true exposure one would expect in bedrooms so exposed.
Why Should Cellphone Providers Not Be Allowed to Override Zoning laws?
The basic goal of a cellphone provider is to make money for its investors, despite whatever their publicity may claim. They have no vested interest in public health. Their primary objective is to provide service to their customers for profit. As outlined above, the public level of exposure, especially inside peoples homes will dramatically increase, along with an expected detrimental effect on their health. That the residents have no say in the matter is fundamentally undemocratic and a violation of their basic right to health.
ZTA 19-07 will be voted on by the Montgomery County Council on Tuesday the 27th.
Given the wealth of scientific evidence as listed above, the power to site and install antenna in the residential domain cannot be the prerogative of a commercial company only.”
Dr. Paul Ben Ishai a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Physics, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel, and the Head of the Laboratory of Terahertz Dielectric Spectroscopy.
 , where G is the gain in linear scale, P is the power in Watts and R is the distance from the antenna.