Wireless Electrical and Electromagnetic Pollution News25 March 2012
A U.S. Court of Appeals ruling filed Monday means AT&T will not be building a "monopole" cell tower near the Masonic Lodge on Fort Hunt Road.
Though more cell phone tower applications in Fairfax County have been accepted than have been rejected, the case has reaffirmed the power of a vocal minority to put a stop to construction of telecommunications infrastructure in their neighborhoods.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision upholding a decision by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to prevent construction of a cell phone tower. The appellate court filed the ruling Monday in the case of New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, d/b/a AT&T Mobility v. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
In a statement, Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland said, "This decision helps make the matter settled law that communities are in the driver's seat when it comes to the location of telecommunication facilities."
The case stems back to 2009, when the Fairfax County Planning Commission recommended Cingular's proposal to construct an 88-foot monopole designed to look like a tree near Masonic Lodge to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. But local residents said that the proposed pole could depress local property values, and that the facility was not in harmony with local zoning laws.
The Board denied Cingular's request by a 6-2 vote, prompting the original lawsuit. In November 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria issued a ruling upholding upheld the rights of local residents to oppose land permit applications for the construction of cell phone towers.
The lower court found that the Board of Supervisors had reached a "reasonable decision" to deny Cingular's land use application based on community opposition.
Cingular subsequently appealed the decision.
What was found was quite alarming. There were antennas of various mobile companies installed on a tower at a distance of mere 20 metres from their house. On measuring the radiation levels, the levels were found to be quite alarming. When the word spread, others came forward and it was found that there were seven cancer cases in the vicinity.
Giovanna Giunta, organizer of the march, stressed that the group is not opposed to cell phone towers, just the particular location of the cell tower in Manhasset Isle. The tower appears to be less than 30 feet from the nearest house
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VICTORIA Fingers continue to be pointed at BC Hydro's new smart meters after numerous accounts of spiked hydro bills. Video
Like Sarah Vatnsdal (Coast Reporter letters, March 16), I too saw my Hydro bill suddenly increase when my smart meter was installed.
I'm a very careful user of electricity, and normally pay Hydro $120 to $150 for two months. Yet my first two-month bill after the meter was installed was for $248 double what I normally pay.
I cut back on heating even more, but the next two-month bill still came in at $200. Something is clearly wrong with Hydro's billing, and the problem corresponds exactly with the installation of the smart meter.
I am not against smart meters, but I am against smart meters that don't work and whose errors cost me money.
I would like the group organizing to protest against unexplained jumps in smart meter billing to identify itself, preferably with a website, so those of us affected can organize to approach Hydro collectively and in a more formal manner.
Date: Saturday, 24 March, 2012, 17:34
I request everyone to write to Kevin Baughan, Virgin Media.
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