Monday, December 4, 2017

PGCPS New Policy on Cell Towers at Schools Calls For A Public Hearing

 PGCPS new policy on cell towers at schools calls for a public meeting!!! 

However this new policy does NOT require the public meeting to be at the school. Other counties, like Montgomery County have the cell tower meetings at the school so parents understand this is about their school and attend.   

That is why Delegate Alonzo Washington's Bill for More Transparency in regards to Cell Towers is so critically important. Learn about PG Delegation Bill PG 417-18 on Cell Tower here. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New Legislation Calling for More Transparency in School Cell Towers in Prince George's County

Delegate Alonzo Washington is supporting a Bill on School Cell Towers this session.

This Bill would would ensure that if a cell tower company wants to put a cell tower on a Prince George's County School they must hold a public hearing at the school before the cell tower is cleared to be built.

This bill ensures YOU are informed when a cell tower is proposed on your local school.

Please come to the Prince Georges County Delegation PUBLIC HEARING and support Delegate Alonzo Washington's Bill PG 417-18.

Prince Georges County Delegation PUBLIC HEARING
  • DATE: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 
  • LOCATION: Prince George's Community College - Largo Student Center, (301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD 20774), Rennie Forum 
  • TIME: 6:00 - 8:30pm The hearing will cover both local and bi-county bills. Click here for information on testifying and submitting written testimony.
NOTE: PGCPS new policy calls for a public meeting but does NOT require it to be at the school. Other counties, like Montgomery County have the meetings at the school so parents understand this is about their school and attend.   That is why this Bill is critically important. 

Prince George’s County – Telecommunications Transmission Facility on Public School Grounds – Public Hearing and Notification . PG 417–18

This Bill will ensure that if a cell tower is proposed , the community and the parents at the school will be notified and that a public hearing will be held AT the SCHOOL, not far away in another town as has been done in the past.




Stop The Cell Towers Coming To Our Neighborhoods. Action Needed NOW in Prince George's County

Dear Prince George's County friends, 

There are two important things you need to know

1. The Bad News: Prince Georges County has a draft zoning amendment that will ALLOW Cell Towers and CELL Antennas on schools and  in front of homes in neighborhoods WITHOUT public process. It will allow cell towers and even shorter cell towers "by right". Read more here. 

2. The Good News: Delegate Alonzo Washington is supporting a fantastic Bill on School Cell Towers this session. This Bill will ensure that if a cell tower is proposed , the community and the parents at the school will be notified and that a public hearing will be held AT the SCHOOL, not far away in another town as they did  with Eleanor  Roosevelt HS and other PGCPS Schools. Read the Draft Bill here. 

Thank you Delegate Alonzo Washington! 


FIRST: Write an email to both to the PG planning so they hear your voice AND to the Greenbelt City Council so they  make comments on the issues of cell towers in our front yards and in front of schools. 
Please do this today. Details are below. 

SECOND: Show up at these meetings and Speak on the issue! 

1. The Prince Georges County Delegation Public Hearing: Come and give personal testimony! 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 
LOCATION: Prince George's Community College - Largo Student Center, (301 Largo Rd, Largo, MD 20774)
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30pm

Please come and speak on this Bill on Cell tower transparency issues.  Tell our esteemed elected officials about the transparency issues that are plaguing the school cell tower process at Eleanor High School. They need to hear your story!  This is critical! 

2. Greenbelt City Council Work Session - It would be GREAT if you showed up. 
Monday, December 4, 2017 
LOCATION: Greenbelt Municipal Building
TIME: 8:00 PM 

The new proposed PG zoning goes against transparency and we must halt it by commenting on it! The county needs to hear from us about cell towers in front of homes and schools. We must let them know that communities want to be a part of the process. 

EMAIL Details 
(This email will go to the Greenbelt Council AS WELL as the County zoning staff so your comments go on record. Please add MORE of your personal thoughts and experience if you have the time but be sure you make the two points.  I'm merging two things to make it easier. ) 

Dear Greenbelt City Council, and Prince George's County Officials, 

Subject: Comments on PG Zoning Rewrite Draft and Support of PG 417-18 Bill on Transparency With PGCPS School Cell Towers

I am writing because I  do not want wireless cell tower facilities of any type in front of schools or near my home or residential areas without a transparent  process that includes public notification and public input. We, the people, need to be a part of the decision making process. 

1. I DO fully support the newly proposed BILL on Cell towers at PGCPS Schools:  Prince Georges County – Telecommunications Transmission Facility on Public School Grounds – Public Hearing and Notification PG 4171I support this legislation because it will ensure that we are notified of a proposed cell tower, that parents are informed and that we will have a public hearing in our community! 

2. I do NOT support the new Prince George's County Zoning Draft: Currently the Prince George's County zoning draft allows wireless cell towers "by right" in residential areas and we do not want this. It is unacceptable to eliminate public hearings and public notice if you are going to put a cell tower up! The zoning rewrite draft must be redone to include public notice and a public hearing if wireless towers or wireless antennas are proposed in a residential area or near a school. 

Please support the new Bill from the Prince Georges County Delegation that will allow transparency and public input into a proposed cell tower and stop the Zoning rewrite draft until it is fixed so that the community has a say! 

Send the email to the Greenbelt Council, School Board  and zoning.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,;;;;;;;;;; ;;,,,,, 

Prince George’s County Zoning Rewrite Will Allow Cell Towers in Neighborhoods With NO Community Notice or Input

The Comprehensive Review Draft of the Prince George’s County Zoning Rewrite may be found here:

Definitions p. 27-2-81
Standards Specific to Principal Uses:  pp. 27-5-35 - 27-5-37

When I look at the Use Tables which identify zones where cell phone towers are permitted by right, allowed by special exception, prohibited or allowable by approval of District Council, I see that Wireless telecommunications tower, monopole are Permitted by Right in every residential and commercial zones except for planned development zones where it is allowable subject to approval by the District Council.

From what I am reading while there is a set back,  there is NO WAY for a community to stop one in their community because as long a it meets the criteria here- it is permitted.  Plus if an engineer certifies that it will fall in half (read the code below on definitions) then the set back can be decreased. (This needs to be fixed because even if  it does fall in half, things can fall off atower so the fall zone should in fact be far wider than the height of the tower) So a monopole can be placed in communities, near homes, likely within 40 feet without a public hearing or notice.

With this zoning all the company needs to do is apply and meet the requirements to put a tower near our homes. The community will get no notification and no public hearing. 

The deadline for providing comments on the zoning rewrite is December 15, 2017. 

Email comments to: or use the Civic Comment tool at:

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Email FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel: She Wants To Hear About Your Internet Problems

Take Action Now: Write Commissioner Rosenworcel, at, stating that the American people choose health and privacy over wireless speed and data harvesting.

This is a message from
FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel has invited the American people to email her about broadband coverage problems around the country. She states she will share the concerns of the American public with the other commissioners. Lets hold her to it. 

The Commissioner even set up an email account specifically dedicated to hearing from the public about broadband “fails.”

Watch the following 3 minute video clip starting at 54:56

Commissioner Rosenworcel states,
“I set up this account [] to take in the public stories and ideas. And I will share everything that comes in with the Chairman and with my colleagues, because I think it’s time to turn every one of those ‘broadband fails’ into something better – ‘broadband success.’”
Although the Commissioner’s invitation was intended to be used to map out and address coverage gaps, it would well serve those of us fighting 5g-small cells as a means to give the Commission honest feedback from the public of what we actually DO want – safe, reliable, fast, cyber secure, and energy efficient fiber to all homes and businesses.  We do NOT want to compromise our health and privacy with the forced installation of small cell towers next to our homes.  Profit and “mobile speed” do not trump our health and privacy.

Please take a moment to send a short email to Commissioner Rosenworcel, at, stating that the American people choose health and privacy over wireless speed and data harvesting.
The Message

We want safe, reliable, fast, cyber-secure, and energy efficient fiber to all homes and businesses.
We do not want small cells in front of our homes emitting harmful radiation 24/7, and that will invade our privacy by providing the “necessary” infrastructure to harvest our data.
Again, send your email to:
To add extra weight to your message, please cc the following people from the FDA, CDC, and NCI (National Cancer Institute)

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Supreme Court Rally: October 17, 2017 The Public Has A Right To Know About the Health Risks of 5G and the Internet of Things

The National Coalition For Responsible Technology invites you to a rally…

In honor of EPA’s Children’s Health Month, the National Coalition For Responsible Technology (NCRT) is sponsoring a rally in front of the US Supreme Court entitled “The Public Has a Right To Know About the Health Risks of Wireless, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).”
Tuesday October 17, 2017
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The US Supreme Court in Washington DC
First Street NE between East Capitol Street and Maryland Avenue
The Public Has a Right To Know
About the Health Risks of Wireless, 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT)”

The rally was created to draw attention to the growing use of wireless devices by children and the rapid proliferation of small cell 5G wireless antennas being built in neighborhoods across the United States  In 2017, an international group of scientists called for a moratorium on 5G cell antennas stating, “We, the undersigned, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 35 nations, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry.”
“The scientific evidence can no longer be denied.  Wireless radiation is an ubiquitous environmental pollution and the people have not been fully informed,”  stated Jennifer Wood of NCRT citing “decades of research” including the most recent 2016 release of scientific findings from the $25 million dollar radiofrequency radiation study of the U.S. NIH’s National Toxicology Program which found statistically significant increased DNA damage and cancers in animals exposed to cell phone wireless radiation. She pointed out that American Academy of Pediatrics and dozens of medical doctors have been warning about wireless risks for decades and in 2015, international scientists with expertise in bioelectromagnetics issued an Appeal to the United Nations calling for urgent action on wireless and electromagnetic fields.

Speakers will also address the Berkeley/CTIA lawsuit concerning the city's landmark Cell Phone Right to Know law. The implemented ordinance calls for the posting of critical information at the point of sale as to safer use of a cell phone; information currently hidden in the phones or manuals. The CTIA sued but Berkeley prevailed in district court and in the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals last year. The CTIA appealed for an en banc hearing months ago and last week the court refused that appeal. The only option left for industry is to take this to the Supreme Court. Ellen Marks, Director of the California Brain Tumor Association, who worked with Berkeley and Harvard's Lawrence Lessig, who defended Berkeley pro bono, stated,
"this is an important victory as this industry deception must be stopped and hopefully now this will be taken nationwide and raise awareness that cell phones, as currently used. do pose serious health risks, especially for children".
“In light of the scientific research providing evidence of a serious public health threat that will impact our children and grandchildren, we are calling for immediate action. We call for justice.  Our government must take immediate action to inform the public about cell phone and wireless radiation risks and protect the public with public policy that includes a moratorium on 5G antenna deployment until long term safety can be assured.”
The Coalition is focusing on these issues:
•The scientific research evidence that shows 5G technology poses a health risk.
•Small cell antennas in front of homes on rights of way
•Cell towers on school property
•Wireless technology in schools
•Global Wi-Fi beamed from space
•Outdated and inadequate FCC limits for cell towers, cell phones and wireless devices
•The lack of protective limits, especially in regards to children and pregnant woman
Speakers include:
Desiree Jaworski, Executive Director, Center for Safer Wireless
Kate Kheel, founder of and Director of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness
Ellen Marks, Director of the California Brain Tumor Association
Denise Ricciardi, Director of New Hampshire Coalition for Sustainable Safe Technology
Theodora Scarato, MSW, Executive Director of Environmental Health Trust
James S. Turner, Esq, President of the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy
Jennifer Wood, architect and science researcher
Children from Maryland schools will also be speaking as well as additional  representatives from grassroots organizations in Maryland and Washington DC.
The Coalition is calling on the federal government to take action to protect the public with protective electromagnetic policy which includes:
•A halt to 5G until long term safety is assured.
•A moratorium on cell towers and cell antennas near homes, hospitals, schools, and children's recreation areas.
•A replacement of outdated inadequate Federal Communications Commission radio frequency human exposure limits with proper safety standards which are developed by medical experts within a US health agency based on a systematic review of the science and best available research.
•Current cell phone and wireless device SAR testing methods (which are based on a large adult male and consider only thermal effects) must be replaced with an exposure metric that protects people from biological effects and considers the way that consumers use devices next to the body and represents all of the US population, including infants (that are now handed cell phones as toys).
•Exposure limits that assure children and pregnant women are adequately protected.  
•Safe radiation-free technology in schools and public institutions.
•Premarket testing and post market surveillance for short and long term reported health effects.
•Public information to be posted by the CDC, FDA, NIH and FCC on the manufacturer's fine print warnings, the research on biological effects and clear comprehensive measures by which the public can reduce exposure.  
•And more….
Biographies of Speakers
Ellen Marks is Director of the California Brain Tumor Association, a 501-c-3 nonprofit which focuses on prevention of primary brain tumors attributed to wireless radiation. She has worked on legislation calling for the placement of notices about safer use of mobile technologies at the point of sale from Hawaii to Maine. She currently Chairs the California Alliance for Safer Technology, a collaboration of 24 activists, lobbyists, physicians, public health researchers and elected government officials fighting legislation specifically intended to enable the wide scale placement, in residential neighborhoods, of high frequency 4G LTE and 5G antennas on utility poles, lamp posts and other municipal infrastructure, while eliminating any local involvement or influence in this process. Her husband, a real estate broker, is a survivor of a brain tumor from excessive cell phone use. Ellen does not advocate against technology but for honesty and integrity from the wireless industry about the established risks, for getting corporate money out of politics and for the use of safer, hard-wired internet access, including optical fiber to the home.
Camilla Rees, MBA, a long-time health educator, researcher and author on electromagnetic fields will speak on the subject of the biological and health effects of the non-stop proliferation of wireless technologies, including the unrecognized connection of wireless exposures with spiraling health care costs. She is founder of, Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications and Campaign for Radiation Free Schools; co-author with Magda Havas, PhD of “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution”; and author of “The Wireless Elephant in the Room”.

James S. Turner, Esq., public interest lawyer, will speak about the federal and state level preemptions that are increasingly eroding local government—and citizens’—rights in America; about what can be done regarding the inadequate FCC wireless radiation safety guidelines now providing legal cover for wireless companies, and about the importance of growing grass roots activism. He is Partner of the law firm Swankin & Turner, Chairman of Citizens for Health, co-founder of Voice for HOPE (Healers of Planet Earth), and President of the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy.
Theodora Scarato MSW is Executive Director of Environmental Health Trust. Theodora Scarato directs EHT programs and coordinates scientific programs in the US and internationally with EHTs Senior Science Advisors.  Scarato previously worked with EHT as Director of Educational Resources and Public Affairs, developing educational resources for communities and governments, and maintaining policy updates.  She has co-founded several organizations both locally and nationally that address environmental health and safety concerns. She is also a clinical Social Worker, formerly directed a special education therapy program in Montgomery County Schools, and has an extensive background working in mental health with children and adolescents.  Environmental Health Trust is the only nonprofit in the world today that both carries out high-level critical research on controllable environmental health hazards and works directly with local communities, teachers, parents and students as well as policy makers to understand and mitigate these hazards through research, education and advocacy.

Kate Kheel is Director of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness and founder of, a website focusing on the rarely covered “downsides” of 5g and the Internet of Things. After spearheading the effort to get an opt out from wireless smart meters in Maryland, she segued into raising awareness and opposing 5g and the Internet of Things. Kheel’s deep love for our Earth with all its many and diverse living beings, and her longing for a future that will be respectful and nourishing for all life, has been the driving force behind her work.

Desiree Jaworski is Executive Director of the Center for Safer Wireless, a national nonprofit whose mission is to enhance public understanding of wireless technology and products  She has researched, written and lectured on  the topic of wireless radiation extensively. She has advocated for protective public policy regarding wireless technology at the Federal, State and Local level.  Her expertise has been featured in several news reports regarding her work raising awareness on smart meters, wireless technology, and the recent findings of the National Toxicology Program.  She directs the Center’s public outreach programs, which include movie screenings at Arlington Hospital Center, scientific forums and presentations.  

Jennifer Wood, an architect and science researcher is the co-organizer of the NCRT protest which is to be followed by others.  In addition to being a registered architect and author, she has been an environmental health consultant and advocate for two decades and is the creator of The GROW Village design concept for future communities that will be protected from ubiquitous, wireless radiation.  They will especially address the needs of the rapidly growing population of those that suffer from environmental injuries, particularly those with Microwave Sickness.

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