As a candidate for Town Council, I wish to clarify that I agree with “parents’ health concerns and would prohibit placement of a cell tower within 1,500 feet of a school.”
I agree that cell coverage is a major issue for New Canaan. My home is located in the northeast quadrant of town and my family and I have bad cell coverage. I agree that proper cell coverage is necessary for the safety of the town’s first responders and residents. However. with approximately seven school locations in New Canaan, my position is that there are ample alternative locations other than school sites.
As long as the scientific evidence pertaining to cell tower health risks is inconclusive I recommend caution when considering the health of our children, especially in their formative years, and our young adults.
To those who contend that the evidence is conclusive that cell towers do not pose health risks I ask them to study: Conspicuous behavioral abnormalities in a dairy cow herd near a TV and Radio transmitting antenna (W. Löscher and G. Käs, authors); Kempten West Study 2007, The Influence of Being Physically Near to a Cell Phone Transmission Mast on the Incidence of Cancer (Horst Eger, Klaus Uwe Hagen, Birgitt Lucas, Peter Vogel, Helmut Voit); IARC: Cell Phone Radiation Is a Possible Human Carcinogen – Micro Wave News; and Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Fields Effect on Human Health – American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine reports that studies demonstrate “significant harmful biological effects occur from non-thermal RF exposure,” and these effects may include genetic damage, reproductive defects, cancer, neurological degeneration and nervous system dysfunction, immune system dysfunction, cognitive effects, protein and peptide damage, kidney damage, and developmental effects – all of which have been reported in peer-reviewed scientific literature.
As an elected member of the legislative branch, my obligation would be to my constituents who elected me to represent their concerns. As long as there remains a dichotomy in the conclusions of scientific evidence I would not want to err and support caution when the decision affects the health and welfare of our children and all constituents.
Roy A Abramowitz, CPA
Candidate for Town Council