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FORGET ABOUT CELL PHONES “PREVENTING” ALZHEIMER'S / Are EMFs Dangerous? / Proposed cell tower causes controversy in Mount Shasta


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Proposed cell tower causes controversy in Mount Shasta
By Skye Kinkade

Mount Shasta Area Newspapers

Mon Feb 15, 2010, 03:30 PM PST

Mount Shasta, Calif. -

It was a full house at a Feb. 9 Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District meeting as concerned citizens flocked to a public hearing regarding a proposed cell tower at Shastice Park.

A contract with the wireless company T-Mobile could bring in $1,300 a month or more to the District.

Though the board will not make a decision about the tower until next month, over 30 community members came to the meeting to make their outrage clear to board members Peter Van Susteren, Kim Solga and Yvonne Malee, as well as T-Mobile representative Matt Veazey, who was on hand to answer questions.

In a public comment session that lasted two hours before being cut off due to time constraints, various Mount Shasta residents spoke  vehemently of their concerns for the health and safety of the city's public.
"Isn't there anyplace else you could put this thing, rather than right where our children play?" asked Mount Shasta resident Ron Cooper.

Veazey explained that T-Mobile is interested in Shastice Park because of its unique central location which would allow customers to have high quality reception on their cell phones and other wireless devices inside their homes and other buildings.

"At meetings like this, people are usually concerned about electromagnetic propagation fields and the like," Veazey said, though he stressed that cell towers are "completely safe and stringently regulated" by the Federal Communications Commission.

According to Veazey, the amount of radio frequency put  out by the tower would be thousands of times lower than FCC guidelines, and that all facets of the tower's installation and operation would be regulated by the federal government.

This sentiment wasn't comforting to some of the meetings attendees, who laughed openly, mocked Veazey and made several loud comments such as, "who trusts the government, anyway?"

Others at the meeting stood to say that the FCC's guidelines are nowhere near as stringent as those in Europe and called attention to studies done in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere which point to cell and radio towers as causing leukemia, especially in children, as well as other major health problems, such as short term memory loss, sleep disruption, headache, dizziness, fatigue, skin rashes and changes in cardiac function.

Repeatedly, Veazey stated that he is going by the federal guidelines, and has never seen any evidence to support such research as being accurate.

If approved, a 35 foot extension would be built on the already existing 55 foot light pole in far left field of the McKenzie Field ballpark, MSRPD administrator Mike Rodriguez explained.

A plain, slim pole would minimize the tower's appearance, Veazey added.

The public hearing was only the first step toward a tower installation. If the MSRPD board approves the proposal, it would then be directed to the Mount Shasta Planning Commission.