Environmental Working Group Action Fund Press Release September 26, 2017
URGENT: Gov. Brown could sign a wireless technology bill against local government opposition
If signed into law, SB 649 will strip cities and counties of the right to protect their residents from an unproven wireless technology. It lets telecommunication companies build so-called small cell wireless networks near our homes, schools and hospitals, even if local governments don’t give permission.These networks are for a new technology called 5G, whose health effects haven’t yet been studied.The California legislature just passed a bill that would let big phone companies invade your neighborhood.
Small cells work like cellphone towers, but must be placed closer together and closer to the ground. Cellphone companies want to put them on utility poles, street lights and traffic lights. This means they’ll be much closer to our homes, schools and hospitals than traditional cellphone towers.
The health effects of cellphone radiation have been debated for years, with more and more studies raising real concerns.
In 2011 the World Health Organization declared cellphone radiation a possible carcinogen. And in 2016, a study by the National Toxicology Program found that rats exposed to radio frequency radiation in the 2G range developed brain and heart tumors more often. We must make sure this new technology is safe before it’s deployed.
Cellphone companies want to install these new cells for 5G technology while we’re still discovering potential health impacts of 2G and 4G technology. It’s clear we need more studies to determine the potential health impacts before we let these new cells into our communities.
When big corporations want to install unproven new technologies on our streets, near our homes and schools, we deserve to have a say. SB 649 strips communities of the right to address the visual and health impacts, and to make decisions about this new technology.
Thanks for standing with us, Joel .
– EWG Action Fund
Read the EWG post on SB649. “Cellphone Safety: Industry Pushes to Strip Local Control of High-Speed Networks” by Olga Naidenko Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for Children’s Environmental Health.
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Tell the Governor to protect the public health by vetoing SB 649.
LETTERS FROM SCIENTISTS ON WIRELESS SMALL CELLS IN NEIGHBORHOODS