No AT&T cell phone tower in our neighborhood!

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Please sign this petition to stop the 100 foot AT&T cell phone tower from being build at 405 Northfield Avenue. The tower will be in the close proximity to the quiet residential neighborhood, churches and to the beautiful Ridgeway Park which is enjoyed by so many people. The installation of the tower poses health risks and devaluation of real estate, and the residents already have adequate cell phone/wireless data coverage in the area. The plan to build the tower was put into motion without the input or knowledge of nearby residents.

We are strongly opposed to the installation of the tower for the following reasons: 

1.  Potential health risks to adults and pets – Cell phone towers emit low-level microwave radiation distances of at least 500 meters.

AT&T stated that its proposed installation will comply with FCC regulations on microwave radiation levels (The current safety standards were developed in 1993 and based on a 200+lb adult man). This ignores the existing microwave radiation levels in the area from existing cell phone towers and transmitters. For example, there is already one cell phone tower at 405 Northfield (T-Mobile). Stag Field has several transmitters, and AT&T plans to allow other companies to co-locate their transmitters on the proposed cell phone tower, further adding to the radiation levels in the St Cloud area.

Studies have shown that even at low levels of this radiation (one tower), there is evidence of damage to cell tissue and DNA, and it has been linked to brain tumors, cancer, suppressed immune function, depression, miscarriage, Alzheimer’s disease, and numerous other serious illnesses.

For example, in “The Influence of Being Physically Near to a Cell Phone Transmission Mast on the Incidence of Cancer” by Horst Eger, Klaus Uwe Hagen, Birgitt Lucas, Peter Vogel, Helmut Voit (Published in Umwelt·Medizin·Gesellschaft 17,4 in 2004), the researchers found a fourfold increase in cancer rates amongst people living within 350 meters of a cell phone tower. Amongst women there was a tenfold increase.

In 2011, The World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified EMR (microwave radiation) as a possible carcinogen to humans (the same classification as DDT and lead) based on an increased risk for glioma (a malignant type of brain cancer).

In 2015, Morgan, Miller, Sasco and Davies published a paper in the International Journal of Oncology titled Mobile phone radiation causes brain tumors and should be classified as a probable human carcinogen (2A)." The title says it all in this case.

In the past five years alone, about 1,800 new scientific papers have been published that show adverse health effects. Dr. George Carlo, a public health expert who coordinated the telecommunications industry’s own study, which was mandated by congress, confirms that exposure to communications radiation from wireless technology is "potentially the biggest health insult" this nation has ever seen. Dr. Carlo believes RF/microwave radiation is a greater threat than cigarette smoking and asbestos.

2.  Potential health risks to children – The St Cloud area has a large number of young families. During an earlier Zoning meeting AT&T presented an expert witness who testified that children are at no greater risk from cell phone tower radiation than adults. There is robust evidence that this statement is false. Children have thinner skulls and the immaturity of their central nervous systems puts them more at risk. See, for example, Morgan, Kesari, and Davis, 2014, "Why children absorb more microwave radiation than adults: The consequences", published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure.  

3. The devaluation of real estate. In March, 2014 the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy’s survey “Neighborhood Cell Towers & Antennas—Do They Impact a Property’s Desirability?” found that an overwhelming majority of respondents (94%) reported that cell towers and antennas in a neighborhood or on a building would impact interest in a property and the price they would be willing to pay for it.

Studies by Dr. Sandy Bond, Ph.D. have shown that a cell phone tower negatively affects the real estate values of homes surrounding it. Depending on proximity to the cell phone tower property values can be reduced by up to 20% for properties within 200-300 meters of the tower (See for example

St Cloud residents do not want decreased property values caused by an unnecessary cell phone tower, and we hope that the Township wouldn't want the value of homes to fall substantially as such a decrease would be accompanied by a significant decline in property tax revenues.

4. Residents already have adequate cell phone and wireless data coverage in the area and so we don't need a new AT&T phone tower. AT&T website's coverage map shows complete coverage in this area, with no gaps. There is not a real enough "need" to warrant putting the residents in this area at risk for health problems or a decrease in their property values.

5. The cell phone tower will be put in the parking lot of a medical plaza that houses a large pediatrics practice and a pediatric dentist. The families (not to mention the employees) that come to get treated should not be subjected to any possible health risks. The pediatrics practice sees newborn babies and children – those most vulnerable to the radiation. 

The proposed tower will take away 2 parking spots from the medical building and cut a tree to accommodate the tower. Its unclear what is the AT&T's emergency response time if there is an accident at the site and why they have chosen the medical office which serves vulnerable population. 

6.  A 100-foot tower is incompatible with the neighborhood aesthetics. The antenna will be in the close proximity to the quiet residential neighborhood, churches and to the beautiful Ridgeway Park which is enjoyed by so many children and adults alike. 

WE NEED EVERYONE TO COME TO THE NEXT ZONING BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY, December 21 at 8PM in Council Chambers, West Orange Municipal Building, 66 Main Street. Sizable turn-out is crucial and the most effective way to influence the board members. While our petition will be included in the town's file for this application, the Zoning Board will not acknowledge written requests when making their decision, only in-person testimonies from residents. We will provide updates closer to the date (including if the meeting gets moved yet again), but please mark your calendars and try to make the meeting on 12/21.

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