Citing health concerns, a state senator in Georgia has introduced legislation banning cell towers near the schools of DeKalb, Ga., according to Neighbor Newspapers.
State Rep. Karla Drenner, introduced the bill in response to an agreement between the DeKalb County Board of Education and T-Mobile that allows the carrier to build towers at several DeKalb area schools.
Drenner said it was important to be cautious in any situation where the health of children might be compromised, including RF emissions.
The deal between the school system and T-Mobile was signed last July after several public meetings. Proponents of the agreement pointed to the revenue the towers would generate for the city.
The bill, if passed, probably would not survive a court challenge, because the Telecom Act of 1996 expressly prohibits denying cell tower development on the basis of health risk concerns.