Maryland Residents Halt Small Cell 5G Pre-emption Bill and Continue to Fight 5G Cell Tower Zoning at Local Level
Maryland has received major news coverage as citizens move to raise health risks related to cell towers, wireless and cell phones to their elected officials at every level of government. Citizens have halted a state pre-emption bill that threatened to remove local rights to decide on wireless installations in neighborhoods. In addition, at the local level, in Montgomery County- a large organization of citizens is working to protect neighborhoods. See these news reports.
- WTOP News Story “Montgomery Co. residents: 5G wireless cell antennas pose health risks”
- Bethesda Beat Journal: “County Residents Express Concern About Adding Antennas To Deliver 5G, Council to consider bill allowing more small cell towers in downtown areas”
- WJLA iTeam Investigative Report with Ramazzini Study “Are mini-cell phone towers a health risk in your neighborhood?”
- Fox 5: “Montgomery County residents fighting rezoning to allow new 5G cell towers”
In Maryland citizens organized to halt a proposed 5G streamlining bill that would have pre-empted local control and allowed 5G cell towers in front yards, near homes and parks and schools. Citizens started the Maryland Coalition to Halt Cell Towers at Schools which was featured in a Washington DC Metro WJLA Investigative News Report on April 6, 2018.
In Maryland’s district of Montgomery County, residents are advocating to their council for zoning that protects neighborhoods. WTOP News recently featured a hearing in Montgomery County where citizen after citizen testified to halt wireless antennas near their homes.
Environmental Health Trust was featured in the WTOP news article.
“We are very concerned about the placement of wireless antennas in places where people play, sleep and work,” said Theodora Scarato, executive director of Environmental Health Trust. “There are hundreds of scientists who have concluded that this is a risk.”
The WJLA investigation interviewed Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi, Director of Research at the Ramazzini Institute about the Ramazzini study that found the same rare cancers in exposed rats as the US government study but at much lower radiofrequency radiation levels. The WJLA I-Team investigation also found out that the Maryland Senator who proposed the streamlining bill accepted campaign donations from Verizon Good Government Club, Comcast and eBay (campaign donations to Maryland lawmakers)