Wi-Fi health advocates including Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications fight “refrigerator-size” radiation devices near homes.
The Fifth Generation (5G) transmitters only work for short distances, requiring hundreds of thousands of bulky devices throughout the nation, say health advocates.
The Federal Communications Commission does not acknowledge harm from electro-magnetic radiation below the level in which body temperatures are raised. However, credible scientists say there is evidence that some harm does occur. At least 5% of people have been found to be overtly extra-sensitive to such radiation.
Two hundred and twenty scientists from 41 nations have expressed concern over the dangers of radiation and have proposed safeguards.
Advocates Target NY Leaders
Advocates are currently targeting Gov. Cuomo and New York Dept of Environmental Conservation, which is considering rule-making that would exempt from environmental review projects on existing structures including those with no transmitters.
The rule is 6 NYCRR Part 617.
It would strip cities of the power of review, advocate Deborah Kopald said in a detailed comment May 17 to James Eldred, environmental analyst for New York State. Kopald, who has a BA from Harvard and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, is the author of Legal and Health Problems of the Wireless Age.
The Dept. of Environmental Conservation and Cuomo are offering the wireless industry “on a silver platter” much more than was granted to the industry under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, she told Eldred.
The federal act encourages local governments to automatically approve additional transmitters on existing wireless facilities that do not substantially change their dimensions. The state proposal now is to exempt from SEQR review any transmitter that is going on any existing structure and not just structures with transmitters already on them, says Kopald.
5G Cells Are Not “Small” Says Kopald
The idea that “5G small cells” are "small" is false, she told Eldred, supplying 10 photos of such devices and one of a group protesting them.
The photos were taken in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Williamsburg and Woodbury, Long Island, where residents were shown protesting the placement of 22 cell phone repeaters in front of their homes.
Photos show the size and complexity of the installations. Electromagnetic radiation much more powerful than earlier models is needed since 5G’s area of transmission is much shorter and penetration through walls is much less.
New cell transmitters are equipped with cooling fans and other parts that create noise and run the risk of falling or leaking, says Kopald.
“They may require so-called soil sterilization, use hazardous batteries which can leak chemicals creating a hazmat situation, and are high enough to mar an historic or other scenic view or a neighborhood,” she said.
One installation, provided to the Federal Communications Commission by San Francisco City Planner Omar Masry, shows a so-called small cell on a utility pole that “looks like the industrial equivalent of an overloaded Christmas tree,” she added.
A large cabinet “the size of a refrigerator, with noisy cooling fans for the computers, may be mounted a few feet from a bedroom bay window in a dense area of town,” said Masry.
Her further comments included:
“The FCC put out a request for comment on standards in 2013. Four years later, they still have not acted on the over 900 comments many of which stated that the standards are grossly inadequate. In 2014, the Department of the Interior wrote a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration stating that transmitter emissions standards are ‘now nearly 30 years out-of-date and inapplicable today.’
“The FCC should not be promoting any rollouts of more transmitters at this time. The State of New York should not allow the FCC to ignore another federal agency that has indicated that the FCC is grossly derelict by changing the States’ rules and regulations to promote more transmitter rollout.”
Wireless Has Hidden Costs, Say Critics
Wi-Fi and other technologies using pulsed microwave radiation to communicate, such as "smart wireless utility meters", cell towers, smartphones, cordless phones, tablets and even wireless baby monitors, come with a hidden cost that the FCC and other business-friendly organizations and even governments, would prefer that people not know, say critics.
In May 2015, 190 international experts on the biological effects of exposure to this radiation, warned the UN, all member states, and the World Health Organization of the risks, calling on them to "...address the emerging public health crisis related to cell phones, wireless devices, wireless utility meters and wireless infrastructure in neighborhoods."
They noted that:
"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines.”
Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.
Also, in a recent paper ("Wi-Fi as a Very Substantial Threat to Human Health"), Dr. Martin Pall, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, said:
"Neither Wi-Fi nor other devices putting out such EMFs are ever tested biologically for safety, not even one of them, not even once, before they are put out to irradiate the unsuspecting public. Such biological safety testing is the only way to say anything about their biological impacts.”
Industry View Based on Old Data, Say Advocates
Assurances of safety by the industry are based on the belief that radiation that does not raise body temperatures is harmless. That theory has been shown to be false and should have discarded over 40 years ago, say EMF health advocates.
Professor Trevor Marshall, a Director of the Autoimmunity Research Foundation, said this in a recent paper entitled "Electrosmog and autoimmune disease":
"...it seems likely that signals a million times lower than those currently being used in research may be sufficient to elicit a tangible change in human biology.”
There are many other scientific experts who are concerned about the health effects of exposure to Wi-Fi radiation, and especially to children, who are often exposed to industrial grade Wi-Fi routers all day long while at school.
The World Health Organization's own body, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in 2011 classified the radiation emitted by Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies as a possible carcinogen.