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AT&T Plays Russian Roulette with Children’s Health at Sierra Waldorf School

Earlier this month, the Tuolumne County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit to build an AT&T cell tower near Sierra Waldorf School. They did this without regard for the health risks arising from long-term exposure to radiation on children – who are particularly vulnerable because, as Scientific American states, “a child’s brain absorbs up to 10 times the radiation of an adult brain.”

Since cancer takes a long time to develop, it is only now — 20 years after cell phones have become popular — that we are beginning to see the impact of wireless technology on cancer rates: researchers B. Blake Levitt and Henry Lai[1] state that people near cell towers report symptoms of ‘‘microwave sickness syndrome,’’ also known as ‘‘radiofrequency radiation sickness.’’ First identified in the 1950s by Soviet medical researchers, symptoms included headache, fatigue, ocular dysfunction, dizziness, and sleep disorders.  

This is not a price that our children, who have trusted their young lives into our hands, should pay.

Even if the steadily accumulating science on the dangers of cell phone radiation is not yet conclusive, it is likely that the ugly blight of a cell tower upon the landscape adjacent to Sierra Waldorf School will compromise the school’s economic future. Environmentally aware parents of prospective future Waldorf students will hesitate before committing their child to daily radiation exposure.

Sierra Waldorf School has been a treasured part of the local community for over 25 years, and this callous economic decision by the Planning Commission can imperil the future of the school.

Stop AT&T from Endangering our Children!

Petition to Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors:

I oppose the AT&T cell tower being built near our children’s school.

I fully expect the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors to place the health and welfare of our children above the financial interests of AT&T and revoke the conditional use permit for the cell tower on Dante Drive.

[1] Biological effects from exposure to electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell tower base stations and other antenna arrays.

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