Stop Plans to Erect a Cell Tower at Crossfield Elementary School
This petition has been reopened in response to a new 2016 application to construct a cellular communications tower at Crossfield Elementary School. The 2013 application was withdrawn after the community voiced its opposition.
The cell tower proposed for Crossfield Elementary is not needed – a ‘significant gap in coverage’ does not exist in this area, as defined by Federal requirements. Eighty-two (82) towers are active within a 4-mile radius of the site – and the poor cell reception within the school and in nearby homes can be fixed with inexpensive signal boosters.
Cell towers near elementary schools concern home shoppers enough to lower property values, and they are an eyesore even when disguised as “trees.”
In addition, there is enough scientific uncertainty about the health risk cellular radiation poses to small children that we must protect these kids rather than ignore the evidence and be sorry later. This school has 3- and 4-year-old preschoolers who could be exposed daily to this radiation for nine years. No studies to date have been done on children to measure the effect of long-term exposure to non-ionizing radiation (the type emitted by cellular towers). The World Health Organization cautions to avoid exposure to non-ionizing radiation as a cancer prevention strategy.* We must be proactive in protecting our families, financially and physically, by eliminating this unnecessary risk.
Find a different place to put this tower! We, the local residents and school parents, DO NOT want it.
*World Health Organization fact sheet on cancer
- FCPS Asst. Superintendent
- FCPS Deputy Superintendent
- Hunter Mill Supervisor's Office
- FCPS School Board - Hunter Mill
- FCPS School Board - Sully
- Fairfax County Planning Commission
- Hunter Mill District Supervisor
- Fairfax County Planning Commission - Hunter Mill Commissioner
Frank De La Fe
- Director, FCPS Facilities
Lee Ann Pender
- Asst. Superintendent, Facilities, FCPS
Stop Plans to Erect a Cellular Tower at Crossfield Elementary School
I am a member of the community living in the Crossfield Elementary School zone. I and my fellow community members oppose the installation of a cell tower at Crossfield on these grounds.
1) Coverage Adequacy: Informal testing of the mobile phone reception for phone calls and text messages (the criteria required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996) show that there is no significant lack of service in the targeted area. Data show that there are 82 towers within a 4-mile radius of the proposed site - we believe Verizon does not have a significant gap in coverage, as required by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
2) Appearance: As is planned for Crossfield, measures have been taken in other installations to disguise cellular towers, with little success. This tower will stand as much as 50 feet taller than the existing tree line and doesn’t look at all like a natural tree.
Neighbors and community members are not satisfied that the tower's attempted camouflage will blend with the existing landscape.
3) Property Value: we are concerned that with the installation of the tower, property values will drop in our community, as they have in communities across the country where people perceive cell towers to be unsightly and potentially harmful when adjacent to schools where children are exposed 7+ hours per day. Home buyers in Fairfax County make purchase decisions based on the schools their children will attend. A cell tower built within yards of an elementary school is seen by many as a reason to reject living in that school's zone and could negatively affect our property values.
4) Unknown Health Risk: We also are concerned about the unknown health hazards of these towers. At Crossfield Elementary, we have very young preschoolers, as young as 3 years old, and developmentally challenged students, many of whom already have neurological imbalances. While scientists continue to produce data on the potential danger or safety of cellular radiation, studies to date have been done with short-term exposure (around 30 minutes, not 7+ hours every day), and mostly to cell phones, not towers. Further, the few studies done were done with adults, not children ages 3-12. And the results have not proven safety. On the contrary, every study shows some negative effect on behavior and/or health, and we’re concerned for our children in this wide-open, unknown area.
We insist that the county and public school system refrain from erecting an unneeded, unsightly tower that could affect property values, and from unnecessarily putting our children at risk.
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