The City of Portland and the City Commissioners do not oppose 5G and have not passed a resolution opposing 5G. The resolution calls for the FCC to update studies of the risks of 5G radio frequency wireless emissions and make them available to the public in a timely manner, according to Eileen Park, City of Portland spokesperson.
Little evidence exists to support the idea that living, working, or going to school near a cell phone tower might increase the risk of cancer or other health problems, according to the American Cancer Society. Many in the tower industry believe that the physics of RF make it unlikely that RF energy would trigger cancer.
Yet, such reassurances fall short for the parents of four children stricken with cancer after attending classes at Weston Elementary School in Ripon, California’s Unified School District.
Consumed with grief, some members of the community are calling for the removal of a cell tower at Weston Elementary. But the school district has a 25-year contractual obligation to Sprint that began in 2009.
Kellie Short-Prime, whose son was one of the cancer victims, said parents were ready to make their voices heard, after another Weston student was recently found to have a cancerous mass.
“Parents are protesting by keeping children home from school throughout the district to get the attention of the school district and force their hand to get to the bottom of these illnesses,” Short-Prime wrote on her Facebook page.
A town hall presentation by Eric Windheim regarding the findings from the testing he conducted at Weston Elementary stoked the fire in the community. Windheim owns Windheim Environmental Solutions, an environmental health and wellness company he founded in 1991. He has certificates as an electromagnetic radiation specialist and as a building biology environmental consultant from the International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology. According to Windheim’s LinkedIn site, he creates safe havens for people in a toxic electromagnetic world.
“My greatest joy is hearing that my clients are feeling better as a result of my work for them due to the reductions in electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure I provide for them,” Windheim wrote.
Fear of RF Extends to Small Cells, too
The distrust of RF emanating from small cells is evident as well. And it goes beyond cancer. A newspaper in Canada, Peace Arch News, reported that the carrier Freedom Mobile dropped plans for a proposed streetlight small cell in Crescent Beach, British Columbia, because of EMF health concerns. In this case, the opposition talked about possibility that hypersensitivity to RF might cause ringing in the ears, sleep disturbances, blurred vision, dizziness, memory loss, brain fog, chemical sensitivity, depression, anxiety and heart arrhythmia.
The opposition referenced a web page presented by the BC Centre for Center for Disease Control, which defines RF to include radio and television broadcasting, cell phones and base stations, microwave ovens, smart meters, Wi-Fi and baby monitors.
Fear, 5G and Portland
Out west, Portland, Oregon, lawmakers are including fears of health risks in their deliberations concerning 5G wireless communications technology, according to KXL 101 FM, although the FCC bars local authorities from taking health risks into consideration when deciding whether to grant permits for wireless facility construction. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and two commissioners voiced their fears about the possible health problems of 5G, including cancer, and they claimed that the FCC is not doing enough to make sure 5G technology is safe.
“Wireless companies in the U.S. say they’ll have to install about 300,000 new antennas, close to the total number of cell towers built over the past three decades,” the resolution states. “This substantial increase in cell towers deployed in communities means greater contact with them.”
The City of Portland may have an ulterior motive when it comes to 5G. It opposes the FCC’s small cell streamlining order, which removes some local control over small cells. In the past, health concerns have often been used as a cudgel by opposition that simply didn’t like the location of a tower.