Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Sierra Club CA is Against the 5G Small Cell Deployment Due To Radiation Impacts to Children

The Sierra Club CA wrote a letter in opposition to the unfettered rollout of 5G Small Cells in California

"On behalf of the undersigned, we write to register our opposition to SB 649 (Hueso) which would
prohibit local discretionary review of “small cell” wireless antennas , including equipment collocated on existing structures or located on new “poles, structures, or non-pole structures,” including those within the public right-of-way and buildings. 

The proposal preempts adopted local land use plans by mandating that “small cells” be allowed in all zones as a use by-right, including all residential zones. Because of this, this proposal essentially provides a CEQA exemption for installation of these facilities, undermining the ability for communities to comment and register their concerns associated with previously mentioned installation. 

These “small cell” installations not only can cause an aesthetic blight, but can
release levels of radiation that we don’t yet know conclusively the health impacts they can impose of humans, especially developing bodies and minds of children. 

These small cell boxes could pop up
anywhere: grocery stores, outside school, playgrounds, communal places, with no requirement to
mitigate effects or understand potential environmental and health hazards.
For these reasons, we urge your “no” vote in committee." 

Thank you,
Jena Price, Legislative Affairs Manager California League of Conservation Voters
Kyle Jones, Legislative Associate Sierra Club California
Jane Williams, Executive Director California Communities Against Toxics

Sierra Club Letter at

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