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Buckland Cell Tower Public Hearing, Tuesday July 26 @ 6:30 pm
On Zoom and in-person: https://www.town.buckland.ma.us/planning-board/events/17251
Read the application and backstory: https://www.town.buckland.ma.us/planning-board/news/cell-tower-application-buckland
Short on time and/or want a template for your letter? There is ample material to draw from in John Holden's letter (click button below for .pdf, here is the .doc version). Or draw from this short template (estimated time 10 minutes). Thank you for spreading the word!
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The red circle in the image is 500 meters/1640 feet from the tower which is the distance determined by the New Hampshire 5G Commission needed to be reasonably safe for most people. Within the red circle, there are homes under the tree cover as well as vulnerable wildlife populations. Some of these residents do not want to be injured by the tower but know that from a legal point of view it is unwise to speak of the health effects in the public hearing. Lawyers hired by abutters in recent Vertex tower applications in the Hilltowns advise objecting to towers based on the telecom bylaws of the town. If the Conway Planning Board rejected the tower based on the harm it will cause to people and wildlife, this would open the town to a lawsuit by Vertex because the 1996 Telecom Act, largely written by telecom lobbyists, says local governments can not object based on "environmental effects." Of course, there are many societies now and in the past which have legalized harm to innocent people in the name of "the greater good" or simply for the profit of a few. Fortunately, there are still many other valid grounds for rejecting the tower.
The previous cell tower application in Ashfield was proposed for 2nd field on left. AT&T has withdrawn the application following a lawsuit by abutters after the Planning Board approved the tower with conditions.
Newsflash: Town of Heath Rejects 180 Foot AT&T Cell Tower and is now being sued by AT&T. Meanwhile, AT&T withdraws application for Cell Tower in Ashfield following lawsuit by residents
Canary in a Gold Mine
Hilltown Health is collaborating with town officials in Western Massachusetts to update their by-laws to maintain homerule regarding 5G small cells being rolled out in cities around the U.S.
Why is this important?
Towns with “outdated” telecommunications by-laws (meaning they just address cell towers but not “small cells”, DAS, etc.) will be in trouble if they get a "small cell" application from Verizon, AT&T etc. because they won’t be able to update their statutes fast enough to beat the “shot clock” the FCC has put into place for how quickly towns need to respond to carrier applications. Then any subsequent applications will get the same green light because other carriers can plead "discrimination" if they are handled differently.
In fact, citizens and town leaders around the country are mobilizing to stop and slow down the roll out of 5G because:
- There has been no testing for health effects
- Initial studies show the potential for serious environmental and biological harm
- Global warming will be accelerated by the electricity demands of storing and re-selling everyone's personal data generated from the "internet of things" along with the power required to generate microwave radiation from all our connected objects (doritos bags, basketballs, clothing, vacuums, ice scrapers, etc.)
- Having a cell antenna in your front yard, besides endangering your family's health, will reduce your property value.
The town of Shelburne, MA updated their telecom by-laws on May 1st, 2018 and then again in June, 2021 so that citizens have something to stand on when the first applications come in to install a 5G "small cell" network.
Not familiar with the issues?
Get some historical context with award winning journalists' article in The Nation: "How Big Wireless Made us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation"
Environmental Health Trust
Multiple articles about 5G, Cell Towers, Effects on the Environment, etc.
Wired for Health During COVID-19!
In response to the increased screentime for many during COVID-19, Hilltown Health is launching a new program that "connects" people with ethernet cable and adapters on a donation basis for their devices and providing advice for anyone who needs help switching from wi-fi to a safer, more secure, and faster ethernet connection.
Contact us if:
- You want help switching
- You would like to donate ethernet cable or adapters
- You would like to receive ethernet cable and adapters
The Good News . . .
"Hilltown Health alerted me & my neighbors when a microwave tower was being fast tracked for installation right outside my front door. Hilltown Health worked with us to engage the local community so our voices would be part of the discussion. This ultimately led to a more appropriate location for the tower that did not infringe on our property rights or endanger our health."
- Laury Wills, Legate Hill Rd., Charlemont
"I have been sleeping so much more deeply since turning off my wi-fi at night and having much more vivid dreams. Thank you!"
- Susan Pelis, 2nd grade teacher, Sheffield Elementary School, Montague
"I was surprised to discover that a NH wireless provider wanted to install a microwave tower next to my home which would have led to property value loss and health/environmental impacts. Hilltown Health provided timely information, helped grow our group of supporters, and referred my neighbors and I to Attorney Michael Pill who has a wealth of experience protecting people from wireless harm. In the end, the application for the tower was withdrawn. Western MA is lucky to have a group like this advocating for safe technology, public health and the environment! I look forward to them helping Heath update our by-laws so that our town has more say around 5G deployment." - Amy Krane, Heath MA
From Our Blog
Hilltown Health has created a non-binding resolution which garnered enough signatures in the town of Shelburne, MA to be placed on the Town Warrant. Although the resolution did not pass this year, it provoked a broad public discussion during Town Meeting. The resolution seeks to discover if citizens prefer not to be irradiated from space…
Hilltown Health is grateful to the New England Grassroots Environment Fund for awarding a $250 grant to help HH create an event that helps raise awareness about the 5G rollout and what communities can do to help themselves. Learn more about the Grassroots Fund at grassrootsfund.org
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Watch the video and check out the resources here: https://www.lee.ma.us/tri-town-health-department/news/safe-cell-tower-siting-zoom-educational-forum-october-19th
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