To the Editor:
I felt that last week’s submission by Cecilia Doucette (“Beware the effects of wireless tech on your and your children’s health,” The Hull Times, April 15) deserved a response. There are several parts of her submission that need to be addressed:
- “Thousands of peer-reviewed articles link radiation from today’s wireless technology to” a list of health effects. A preliminary search for such peer-reviewed articles finds none that actually show a statistically proven effect.
- “In the short term, many suffer” a series of health effects. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of held that “sensitivity to electromagnetic voltage” was not a condition protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
- “Wireless infrastructure uses 10 times more power than fiber optics and damages flora and fauna.” The writer appears to assume that we could depend on fiber optics and not use wireless at all. The truth is that they complement each other. We would have to accept severe restrictions on our mobile communications if we were to use only fiber optics. I could not find any evidence that wireless infrastructure damages flora and fauna.
- “Studies show that when cell towers go in, property values drop 10 to 20 percent.” Studies disagree on this topic. If the study has been done by a real estate group, it concludes that there would be less than a 1 percent difference in property value because of a local cell tower. A study performed by a lobbying group claiming to be the “voice of the natural consumer” paints a bleak picture for home values
- “New Hampshire commissioners recommend fiber optic to the premises.” This is actually a great idea, since it provides the best signal right to the premises, but it doesn’t replace the need for wireless.
- “Massachusetts has bills, too, and state Sen. Patrick O’Connor is tuning in.” A review of 131 bills pending in the Legislature, as listed on Senator O’Connor’s website, does not appear to contain any related to this issue.
- “The FCC is being sued for ignoring the science.” Anyone can sue anyone. The Federal Communications Commission is being sued by the Environmental Health Trust. The EH Trust is a nonprofit organization run by a person with questionable credentials.
The final paragraph urges Hull residents to protect themselves from “further toxic wireless installations and learn to minimize exposure from your own devices.” Actual scientific studies have found no harmful effect from devices. For example, this link describes a study of cell phone use over 29 years. and found no increase in brain cancer from cell phone use. https://theconversation.com/new-study-no-increase-in-brain-cancer-across-29-years-ofmobile-use-in-australia-58927
When presented with a question of this magnitude, I tend to follow the science. In this case, science appears to say that there is no cause for panic.