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Council Considers Cell Phone Tower Ban on Some Public Buildings

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke wants to ban wireless communication towers on city property used for the "care and education of children."

Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke has introduced legislation looking to prevent the city from placing cell phone towers on city owned property, such as parks, schools and recreation centers, that are used for the "care and education of children."

On Monday, Clarke said she wanted to look at banning wireless communication towers from some city owned property because it is unknown if the towers have adverse health effects on children.

"Why take a chance?" Clarke asked.

She said the Montgomery County Board of Education has already taken the steps to ban the towers from being placed on elementary schools and play grounds, and that Baltimore should follow suit.

But the American Cancer Society expresses skepticism on its website about these towers having an adverse impact on resident’s health.

"Some people have expressed concern that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems. At this time, there is very little evidence to support this idea," according to the website.    

The bill was sent to the City Council’s Land Use and Transportation Committee for a hearing at a later date. 

A budget analyst in the city’s Finance Department was not immediately available to discuss how much the city makes from agreements allowing companies to place towers on public property.  

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MaryJane December 17, 2012 at 01:42 PM
this just out... not good ... Effects of Electromagnetic Fields of Cellular Phone on Cortisol and Testosterone Hormones Rate in Syrian Hamsters http://www.emf-portal.de/viewer.php?l=e&aid=20315 There was no significant difference of testosterone and cortisol serum levels between the control group and the group exposed for 10 days. However, compared to the control group the testosterone and cortisol levels increased in the group exposed for 50 days. The authors conclude that long-term (50 days) exposure to cellular phones could impair endocrine homeostasis.
MaryJane December 18, 2012 at 02:11 AM
http://www.scribd.com/doc/44736879/Cell-Tower-Radiation-Report-sent-to-DOT-Department-of-Telecommunications a 2010 report on cell tower radiation
MaryJane December 18, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Malaprop- your info is old. Get with 2012. Now in 2012 the American Academy of Pediatricians Endorses Cell Phone Safety Legislation. and furthurmore in 2012the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider its radiation standards. Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/20/pediatricians-call-on-the-fcc-to-reconsider-cell-phone-radiation-standards/#ixzz2FMlo5Rj8
MaryJane December 18, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Now in 2012 the American Academy of Pediatricians Endorses Cell Phone Safety Legislation. and furthermore in 2012 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider its radiation standards. Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/20/pediatricians-call-on-the-fcc-to-reconsider-cell-phone-radiation-standards/#ixzz2FMlo5Rj8
MaryJane December 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Dr. Annie Sasco, Ph.D. (Epidemiology) with three Harvard degrees, the former Director of WHO's IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) for 22 years, has stated publicly that: "Contrary to Industry claims, there is CONCRETE evidence that EMR from wireless technology and cell phones causes cancer." http://www.safeinschool.org/2012/04/mobile-phones-are-safe-not-interview.html

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