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27 May 2008, 0545 hrs IST,Somdatta Basu,TNN
“KOLKATA: Cellphone towers could soon have to steer clear of schools and hospitals in Kolkata as the state environment department perceives them as a potential health and safety hazard.”
“A list of guidelines issued by the department has decreed that installation of base station antennas on the premises of schools and hospitals “may be avoided because children and patients are more susceptible to electromagnetic fields.”The order”…..”mentions that antennas be avoided in narrow lanes to reduce the risks caused by an earthquake or wind-related disaster.”…..”the antennas should be at least 3 metre from the nearest building and should not directly face it, and that the lower end of the towers should be at least 3 metres above the ground or roof. Barbed-wire fences should keep antenna sites barred to the public, it has said. And access to towers, the government has suggested, be kept to the minimum, even for maintenance personnel.”
“Cellphone firms have asked to put up warning signs and ensure that these are “clearly visible and identifiable”. A warning sign has been prescribed at the entrance of such zone. Such signs should carry cautionary notes discouraging people — even maintenance personnel — from staying too long in the zone. The environment department has suggested that the sign boards may contain the following text: Danger! RF radiation, Do not enter!“
“Operators and maintenance personnel…should be protected from electromagnetic radiation, the state says. It has advised cellphone firms to educate personnel on the possible hazards from these devices.”
“Cellphone service providers were guarded in their response”….”researchers felt it was still too early to reach a conclusion ….You need to study an entire generation to come to a definite conclusion. But precautions are always welcome”…”There were complaints from several districts. Many schools said mobile towers were being erected on their roofs and in nearby areas….”
There Ain’t No Place to Run or Hide March 22, 2007Posted by healthyself in Aesthetics, Antennas, Bioeffects, Blogroll, Boulders, Cacti, Cell Masts, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell phone towers, Cell Phones, Cemetaries, Chimneys, Church, Cordless Phones, Decision Making, Distribution, Electromagnetic Communications, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic Radiation, Electrosmog, EMF's, Environment, Financial Considerations, Flagpoles, Frequencies, Historic Buildings, HOuseholds, Human Resources, Lifestyle, Long Term Health Risks, mobile telephones, National Monuments, National Parks, Pulsed Radiation, radiation, Research Needed, Risk of Disease, Safety, School Boards, School yards, Trees, Workplace.
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Camouflaged Cell Phone Towers September 13, 2006Posted by healthyself in Aesthetics, Antennas, Bioeffects, Biological Effects, Blogroll, Boulders, Cacti, Cell phone industry, Cell phone safety, Cell phone towers, Cell Phones, Cemetaries, Chimneys, Church, Churches, Decision Making, Electromagnetic Field, Electromagnetic pollution, Electromagnetic waves, Electrosensitivity, Electrosmog, ELF, EMF Research, EMF's, EMR, Environment, Financial Considerations, Firehouse, Firehouses, Flagpoles, GHz, Government's role, Health related, Historic Buildings, HOuseholds, Hz, Island, Islands, Legal Issues, Lifestyle, Long Term Health Risks, Microwave exposure, mobile telephones, National Monuments, National Parks, Old Faithful, Old Stone Buildings, Parenting, Politics, Public Policy, Pulsed Radiation, radiation, Risk of Disease, School administrators, School Boards, School yards, Schools, State Park, State Parks, Toxin, transmission, Trees, Waves, Who is Affected?.
“Former eyesores now blend into the landscape, but some say the structures are still nuisances.The next time you go on a hike, take a closer look at the surrounding trees. You might be surprised to discover that “tree” is actually a cellphone tower….Cellular phone towers can take any shape: tree, church steeple, chimney, flagpole, windmill, cactus, and even boulder…….”One of the major ways that a town can deny an antenna permit application is because of aesthetic appeal or property values,” said Libby Kelley, executive director of the Council on Wireless Technology Impacts….
…”In many cases today, cities will not allow carriers to install sites without some sort of concealment and then when they conceal it, it really expedites the zoning process,….Normally, getting a cell tower approved can take a year or more, but a disguised tower could shorten the process — possibly to just six months….once approved, it takes about 8 to 10 weeks to construct a tree pole.”
“Hidden towers have their drawbacks, however. Camouflaged towers can cost between $40,000 and $100,000 to produce, roughly 10 times more than normal towers…. the return costs to wireless carriers offset the expense.”
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“To keep up, cell “sites” — towers and antennas mostly — have increased tenfold, from fewer than 18,000 in 1994 to more than 175,000 now. Without additional towers, calls are lost and reception suffers.”
“Our companies are always running into this conundrum, which is, ‘We want cell phone service, but don’t put that tower here,’” Farren said. “When you’re dealing with communications through the air, you have to have antennas and towers.”
“To meet demand, companies are increasingly turning to nontraditional sites — fire houses, churches, schools, even cemeteries and national parks. A cell tower now sits near Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, despite strong opposition.”…..
….”Cell sites can be a financial boon to those who provide space for them. Cell companies won’t discuss rent, but Donohue said companies typically pay $800 to $2,000 per month, depending on location, the size of the tower or antenna, and other factors. That can be a significant amount for a struggling school district or a church with stagnant or declining membership.”….
….”T-Mobile sued. U.S. Magistrate Judge Frederick Buckles ruled in favor of the company in July. Debbie Barrett, a spokeswoman for suburban Seattle-based T-Mobile, said the company is doing everything it can to make the site “blend in.” But she said the antenna is needed.”