Mission: Study the Environmental & Health Effects of Evolving Densified 4G/5G Infrastructure
Article by Environmenal Health Trust -> New Hampshire State Report
On November 1, 2020, the New Hampshire Commission to Study the Environmental and Health Effects of Evolving 5G Technology has released its final report to New Hampshire Governor Christopher T. Sununu, Speaker of the House Stephen J. Shurtleff, President of the Senate Donna Soucy summarizing its findings that safety assurances for 5G have “come into question because of the thousands of peer-reviewed studies documenting deleterious health effects associated with cellphone radiation exposure.”
The majority of the New Hampshire Commission voted to support 15 recommendations to the New Hampshire Governor. Recommendations include: support an independent study of 5G health effects; reduce public exposure to cell phones, wireless devices and Wi-Fi in schools and libraries; ensure cell network infrastructure antenna setbacks from schools and homes; measure levels of cell network radiation; establish wireless radiation limits to protect trees and insects; establish more sophisticated measurement protocols to include high data rates; require software changes to reduce radiation exposure into the body; establish wireless radiation-free zones; and call on the US Federal Communications Commission to do an environmental assessment on the impact of 5G and wireless infrastructure expansion.
The report referred to the FCC as a “captured agency with undue industry influence,” citing the Harvard Press Book “Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is Dominated by the Industries it Presumably Regulates,” which compares the wireless industry to the tobacco industry. Top Five Recommendations Issued by New Hampshire 5G Commission
1. Recommends that state agencies include on their websites information and warnings about radiofrequency (RF) microwave radiation from all sources, including 5G small cells installed on public rights-of-way and specific warnings concerning newborns, young children and pregnant women.
2. Recommends that any new wireless antennae located on a state or municipal right-of-way or on private property be set back from residences, businesses and schools.
3. Recommends that schools and public libraries migrate away from wireless connections and instead use hardwired or optical connections.
4. Recommends a statewide policy that would encourage the deployment of fiber optic cable connectivity, internal wired connections and optical wireless to serve all commercial and public properties statewide.
5. Recommends that the State engage agencies with appropriate scientific expertise, including ecological knowledge, to develop RF radiation safety limits that will protect the trees, plants, birds, insects and pollinators.