To the Editor: Cell Towers Do Not Belong Near Schools

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Cell Towers Do Not Belong Near Schools

A proposal to construct a cell tower at Western Albemarle High School should be a concern for all members our community.

Peer-reviewed, independently funded research is showing that the closer one is to a cell tower, the more likely one is to experience symptoms such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, immune and endocrine system dysfunction, and cancers. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26300312; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC 4784065/; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4207 748/; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22138021; ehtrust.org/worlds-largest-animal-study-on-cell-tower-radiation-confirms-cancer-link)

Cell towers and antennae continuously emit radiofrequency radiation 24/7. The closer you are to the tower, the more radiation you are exposed to—non-stop, whole body radiation exposure. (3ba1ac79-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/pelegmichael/GK-cell-tower-rad-report-DOT-Dec2010.pdf; www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5920374/).

The Bioinitiative Report of 2012 (bioinitiative.org), states that placing a tower near children exposes them to thousands of times higher radiation than existed 20-25 years ago. (www.bioinitiative.org/participants/why-we-care/)

The Environmental Health Trust has concluded that the 1994 FCC standards for radiation exposure safety are outdated.  These standards consider only thermal effects on humans and do not address the biologic effects or the extreme sensitivity of children whose biologic systems are in a state of rapid development. (ehtrust.org/policy/fcc-safety-standards/)

If there is one thing I learned in my graduate studies at U.Va., it is to look directly at the scientific research. One need not be a scientist or engineer to read and understand the research.

Cell towers do not belong on school property where children spend 6-9 hours/day, 180 days a year.  Students can have access to the technology they need to be successful without a cell tower.  Budget shortfalls for the schools should be made up in other ways.

We are responsible for protecting the health of our children.

I urge everyone to read the research and express their views to the Albemarle County School Board on September 12.

Barbara J. Cruickshank,
RN, MSN
Earlysville

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