Holden's cell towers pose health risk
Vancouver CourierPublished: Wednesday, June 04, 2008
To the editor:
I am responding to Sandra Thomas' article on cell towers at Hillcrest Park ("Crusader rings alarm for Bell tower," May 23).
I was interviewed for the article, as was parks commissioner Heather Holden. She was quoted as referring to "some fringe groups out there who are implicating cell towers in connection to health risks...."
My ongoing concern is not restricted to the adverse health effects of long-term, involuntary exposure to this electromagnetic radiation. As a taxpayer, I am concerned about the litigation potential of installing cell towers on public property.
There has already been a successful claim in the Alaska Supreme Court for damages caused by electromagnetic radiation. There have also been two successful workers' compensation claims awarded in California.
For the park board to ignore the financial implications--as well as citizens' legitimate health concerns--and take a short-sighted money grab reflects either greed or incompetence or both. As a reminder, there is an election in the fall.
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