PG County NAACP President Bob Ross Takes a Stand Against Cell Towers on School Grounds
Raising concerns about children's safety, the PG NAACP joins a growing Coalition calling for a halt to cell tower construction on Prince George's County Maryland Schools.
Sept. 1, 2014 - PRLog -- At the August 28th Board of Education Meeting, Prince George’s County NAACP President Bob Ross gave testimony calling for a halt to cell towers on Prince George’s County MD School Grounds. He pointed to the tragedy at Love Canal in Buffalo, NY, where health effects were not known until 20 years later, and said “the same thing could happen with cell towers”.
“I love technology…but if there is a possibility that it would cause harm to our children, the ones that cannot come to Board meetings and really stick up for themselves--our kindergarten children, our first graders—they don’t know the impact of what’s going to happen to them…it is your responsibility to look at all possibilities, and if there is one iota of a chance that it could cause harm to our children then we have the responsibility and the duty not to move on…We are asking to hold off on installing any more cell towers…until we can do full research…”
Bob Ross spoke after several citizens gave testimony about how FCC standards were outdated and not applicable to long term exposure on children. Citizens presented scientific evidence showing chronic RF Radiation from cell towers could harm children. They quoted the July 2014 International Declaration by 53 Research Scientists (http://www.c4st.org/images/documents/hc-resolutions/scien...) that calls for more protective safety standards which states, “The public’s health and the health of the environment are threatened by ever-evolving RF emitting technologies, without due consideration for what the potential cumulative impacts on biological systems are likely to be in the future."
Many citizens and organizations have come together in opposition to the Cell Tower Leasing deal that the Prince George’s County Board of Education has with Milestone Communications citing health, safety, environmental and property value concerns. The leasing deal (http://parentscoalitionmc.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_27.html) has 73 schools as available cell tower sites and each school could have up to three cell towers constructed as terms of the Master lease. An online petition to stop these towers has over a thousand signatures.