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No AT&T Cell Tower On Rhoda Water Tank

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AT&T is planning to install cellular emitting equipment on the Rhoda Water Tank

Project description:

· AT&T is planning to install a total of 12 cellular panels, at 3 different locations mounted to the top of the Rhoda water tank. A building will also be installed to power the panels.

We do NOT want this project to happen because it:

Could lower property values by up to 20%, depending on your proximity to the site.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) website references several peer reviewed studies published between 2005 and 2007 by The Appraisal Institute, the largest professional appraiser membership organization, highlighting evidence that CBS equipment will cause a decrease in home value (between 2% to 20%) from case studies in California, across the United States, and internationally

Could affect your family’s health & safety due to exposure to continuous radio-frequency energy.

FCC regulations are based on limits set in 1996 and do not take into account non-thermal properties. Multiple research reports and reputable organizations state that regulations need to be modified and/or more research is urgently needed.

Here are a few example statements from letters and research organizations that make us very concernedabout the possibility of living so close to cell tower equipment:

A 2002 letter from EPA's Norbert Hankin, Center for Science and Risk Assessment, Radiation Protection Division explains that: “The FCC’s current exposure guidelines, as well as those of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, are thermally based, and do not apply to chronic, nonthermal exposure situations….The FCC’s exposure guideline is considered protective of effects arising from a thermal mechanism but not from all possible mechanisms. Therefore, the generalization by many that the guidelines protect human beings from harm by any or all mechanisms is not justified. “

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a Children's EMF Research Agenda (2013) where they recommend as a “high-priority”, “nested case control studies of childhood cancer with improved exposure assessment for (1) base stations and (2) TV and radio towers.”. The rational, as described on the WHO website is that “there is at present a lack of information concerning health effects associated with living in close proximity to base stations or TV or radio towers”. And they go on to state: “Further investigation into improved measures is a critical step in better capturing exposure from these sources and in determining the feasibility of epidemiological studies of children living in the vicinity of these sources.”

The BioInitative Working Group in 2012, published a substantial (1479 page) report on “A Rationale forBiologically ­based Exposure Standards for Low­Intensity Electromagnetic Radiation.” [3]. This working group wascomprised of 30 PhD and MD's representing the international community (USA, Canada, Greece, Denmark, Russia,Sweden, India, Italy, Austria, and the Slovak Republic). The group produced a benchmark for public health policyplanning and documented many adverse health effects from low­ level non­ionizing radiation.

· Could negatively affect the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

· Could cause an increase in noise coming from the operating equipment.

· Could potentially impact wildlife environment due to tree trimming and radio frequency exposure. Many large redwood and eucalyptus trees provide a habitat for many owls, birds of prey, deer, and other wildlife; their homes and hunting grounds are less than 50 feet from the proposed cellular arrays and at the same vertical elevation.

Please sign the petition to show your support of keeping the cell tower out of our neighborhood. In doing so, your name will be added to our group letter to the city of Dublin explaining why they should deny AT&T's application. The group letter may be viewed here:

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