Kirstin Beatty: Group pushes for rollback of wireless infrastructure

Published: 6/19/2019 8:00:27 PM
Group pushes for rollback of wireless infrastructure

In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, classified wireless frequencies as possibly carcinogenic (2B), in the same class as lead, chloroform, and 2,4-D, an herbicide.

Since then further evidence of risk has accrued, leading many of the original members of the review to request a second review for stronger categorization. An independent advisory group to the IARC has seconded this motion for a “high priority” second review.

In 2015, the International EMF Scientist Appeal to the United Nations and World Health Organization cited serious concerns based on a growing body of research evidence. These scientists have concerns regarding biological impacts implicated in numerous diseases of the nervous, reproductive, and immune systems, as well as implications for the environment.

Despite these developments, telecommunications companies and the Federal Communications Commission are promoting powerful small wireless facilities, or small cell towers or antennas, everywhere with or without notice or registration. These may be erected on utility wires, signposts, lamp posts, etc., in our front yards and may be just 100 feet apart.

In contrast, countries such as France, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, and more are banning certain types of wireless exposures, whether in sensitive areas such as schools or in some cases specifically regarding new technologies like 5G.

A legislative hearing on relevant wireless legislation was held earlier this month by the Joint Committee of Public Health. The state advocacy group Last Tree Laws has put forward several relevant bills, which are listed online along with relevant ordinances at www.lasttreelaws.com/.

For our testimony for legislation to hardwire the state and rollback wireless infrastructure, Last Tree Laws seeks increased membership from Massachusetts residents, towns, and organizations. Support can be registered online for our Go Wired Not 5G campaign.

Kirstin Beatty

Last Tree Laws Director


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