Remove cell phone tower from residential for community wellness and environmental justice

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Virginia Pierce-Kelly
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We desire the removal of cell telephone tower placed in our neighborhood next to a church, academy, school with a playground, and residential houses.  The negative health effects upon the children as well as the adults justify the community wanting the cell telephone tower moved to another location.  The University at Albany Institute for Health and the Environment (2017) mentions "There is clear and strong evidence that intensive use of cell phones increases the risk of brain cancer, tumors of the auditory nerve and cancer of the parotid gland, the salivary gland in the cheek by the ear. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the radiation from both cell phones and cell towers as a Class 2B “Possible Carcinogen” in 2011. Cell towers use similar radiofrequency radiation as cell phones (in the 1.8 to 5.0 GHz range). The difference between a cell phone and a cell tower environment, however, is that while the cell phone is used only intermittently, and at higher power, a cell tower environment is continuous, serving many people at the same time. Cell towers direct their beam in all directions, such that anyone nearby is continuously exposed to radiofrequency radiation. While the intensity is much less than one would receive holding a cell phone to your head, the emissions from a cell tower are continuous. Thus the aggregate exposure over time coming from being close to a cell tower can be very significant. A child in a school with a nearby cell tower will be exposed every moment he or she is at school. Thus there is a particular concern when a cell tower is place near to a school" (para. 2).  Reference: University at Albany Institute for Health and the Environment. (2017). All School Board Members Hempfield School District (Correspondence). Retrieved from