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Ainslie mobile phone base station proposal

By MCB 28 January 2014 59

Over the weekend we became aware of a development application to build another mobile phone base station with 11 antennas in the bush next to the ACTEW substation in Ainslie near the corner of Chisholm and Duffy Streets, just 90 metres away from residences and around 500 metres away from Baker Gardens Pre-school and Campbell High School.

The base station’s proposed location would be too close to residences, with several located within 100 metres. Those residences in close proximity include several that are occupied by the elderly or young children, who would be subject to continuous exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

According to the application, there would be an almost seven fold increase in the electromagnetic radiation produced from mobile phone base stations at the location. While this is already a very significant increase, electromagnetic radiation from the mobile phone base stations cannot be considered in isolation. The applicant ignores the fact that the electromagnetic radiation from the base stations would be additional to electromagnetic radiation from ACTEW’s substation and overhead high voltage transmission power lines.

It is still too early to definitively determine whether the electromagnetic radiation from the proposed base station would or would not pose a health risk. Mobile phone technology is very new and it continues to evolve and be rolled out at a rapid pace. There are no long term studies into the effects of emissions or radiation from the 3G network stations. There are no guarantees that mobile phone base stations will not have adverse health impacts on those living or working near to them who face continuous long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation. It is important to note here that children absorb radiation at a much higher rate than adults.

Despite reassurances from mobile phone providers, APANSA and the WHO, there is considerable evidence from studies published in reputable scientific and medical journals that suggest that residents living within 500 metres of mobile phone base stations can suffer from significant adverse health impacts, including higher incidence of cancers and neurological effects including dizziness, headaches, memory loss, depression, irritability, chronic fatigue, sleep disruption, lowered libido and skin problems. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC 2011) found that radiofrequency electromagnetic fields are “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.

The base station proposal would further diminish the environmental integrity and natural heritage values of the Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve and possibly have negative health impacts on the large population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos living in close proximity to the proposed location.

The community consultation process has been inadequate. SSMC has failed to advise or consult directly with the community, particularly those residents in close proximity to the proposed location, Ainslie Village, the schools in the neighbourhood or the CSIRO. The timing of the public notification through ACTPLA and any newspaper advertising has been unfair as the period coincided with the summer holiday period, meaning that many residents living close to the proposed location have been away on holiday and are therefore unaware of the proposal. We only discovered the development application by accident when looking on ACTPLA’s website for unrelated information.

While we recognise the socio-economic benefits that improved mobile phone services would offer to Ainslie and neighbouring suburbs, we are opposed to the construction of a base station at the proposed location given the potential health impacts on residents living in close proximity. The lack of consensus in the scientific and medical community on the potential for adverse health impacts, and the need for ongoing research suggests that the Precautionary Principle should be applied and mobile phone base stations should be located in the most sensible locations. There are some locations, such as those close to residential properties, which are simply unsuitable for base stations.

The application is open for comments until tomorrow 29 January.

If you are concerned about the proposal’s potential impact the community, please feel free to draw from the above to submit comments to ACTPLA as outlined below.

Mike

 

AINSLIE

Development Application: 201324530

Address: NO ADDRESS

Block: 12 Section: 100

Proposal: PUBLIC WORKS-COMMUNICATIONS FACILITY-ALTERATION-ADDITION. Proposed upgrade of existing mobile telecommunications facility and addition of a new monopole.

Period for representations closes: 29/01/2014

See the ACTPLA website for more info:

http://www.actpla.act.gov.au/topics/your_say/comment/pubnote?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZhcHBzLmFjdHBsYS5hY3QuZ292LmF1JTJGcHVibm90ZSUyRnB1Ym5vdGVEZXRhaWxfbmV3LmFzcCUzRkRBX25vJTNEMjAxMzI0NTMwJmFsbD0x

A written representation clearly stating the reasons for your submission can be sent by email to ACTPLA’s Customer Service Centre at: esddcustomerservices@act.gov.au

 

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watto23 12:17 pm 10 Feb 14

MCB said :

Yawn – this is so one-sided that it’s getting boring. I never expected there would be so many experts in electromagnetic radiation and human physiology out there!

So rather than have an open mind to the facts, because they don’t agree with you, you’ll ignore them and try to post a lame insult???
Its not even a matter of being an expert, its ones ability to deduce facts from fiction and what is actually being proven, versus what is said to be proven. This is why scientific papers are often peer reviewed by scientists from another field.

What you are saying and your so called scientific papers are saying is the equivalent of “I saw a brown cow, therefore all cows are brown”.

NoImRight 2:13 pm 09 Feb 14

MCB said :

Yawn – this is so one-sided that it’s getting boring. I never expected there would be so many experts in electromagnetic radiation and human physiology out there!

Its a bugger when the angry mob you are trying to rouse turn on you.

Mr Evil 7:27 pm 08 Feb 14

At first I thought it was this thread giving me a headache – but then I decided it must be the mobile phone towers…..

Anyway, here is some more hard evidence for MCB to use furthering his/her cause –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLW7ceZMchk

Deref 1:58 pm 08 Feb 14

CraigT said :

MCB said :

Yawn – this is so one-sided that it’s getting boring. I never expected there would be so many experts in electromagnetic radiation and human physiology out there!

You mean you were hoping we could discuss this issue without the intrusion of some hard facts?

Damn facts. They play hell with my tinfoil hat business.

CraigT 1:00 pm 08 Feb 14

MCB said :

Yawn – this is so one-sided that it’s getting boring. I never expected there would be so many experts in electromagnetic radiation and human physiology out there!

You mean you were hoping we could discuss this issue without the intrusion of some hard facts?

Masquara 11:20 pm 07 Feb 14

OP should call on Shane Rattenbury for support. He supported the whipper-snipping of that whole experimental crop a few years ago, remember? To camera. That effort cost two students their PhDs I believe. Surely Shane has kept to his Green credentials and will do a piece to camera decrying the mobile station? Shaney?

Aeek 10:09 pm 07 Feb 14

MCB said :

Yawn – this is so one-sided that it’s getting boring. I never expected there would be so many experts in electromagnetic radiation and human physiology out there!

Which way? I was bored early so stopped reading this thread.

Elf 9:55 pm 07 Feb 14

MCB said :

Yawn – this is so one-sided that it’s getting boring. I never expected there would be so many experts in electromagnetic radiation and human physiology out there!

Yes we’ll there is and you should listen to the experts! Climate change on the other hand is absolute crap!

MCB 9:27 pm 07 Feb 14

Yawn – this is so one-sided that it’s getting boring. I never expected there would be so many experts in electromagnetic radiation and human physiology out there!

watto23 9:46 am 07 Feb 14

MCB said :

I’m interested in talking about mobile phone base stations, not about myself. In soccer terms, play the ball, not the man. But yes I do live near the proposed development – that is why the possible risk of it being a health hazard matters to me. I have to weigh up the possible risks to me, my family and neighbours against the certain benefit that many mobile users in the area would receive from improved phone services. From my perspective, the risks far outweigh the benefits. I understand many others will have a different view, particularly those that are mobile junkies and don’t live near a tower, so face no downside risk. I’m fine with that – this is a democracy and everyone is entitled to their own view, as I am to mine.

But the risk already exists?!?! I suggest you move, there are very few mobile towers out in the country.

Just like windfarms, you have no evidence at all.
Correlation is not proof. You have to be able to show numerous things. One is would these people be ill if they lived near the tower, but had NO knowledge of the tower and would these people be ill if there was NO tower. You can even take it a step further and put up a tower which is turned off and tell people oh a big bad EMF emitting tower is being built next door and its bad for your health. I can almost guarantee that people would fall ill and blame the tower. People always get ill when they have something to worry about.

As suggested people who work in the industry all the time are not fed paranoia based concerns and there is no spike in cancer or other illness for people who work in these areas. Unlike say Asbestos, where its obvious and been proven, smoking its obvious and been proven.

Your articles look impressive but there is very little substance to anyone with an open mind and an ability to reason.

switch 9:17 am 07 Feb 14

MCB said :

From my perspective, the risks far outweigh the benefits. I understand many others will have a different view, particularly those that are mobile junkies and don’t live near a tower, so face no downside risk.

MCB, please give a valid scientific argument why we should ignore the inverse square law. A mobile tower you say is 500m away vs a mobile phone a couple of mm next to your brain. Why do “mobile junkies” face no downside risk in your view?

Do you use a mobile phone?

Nylex_Clock 8:21 am 07 Feb 14

MCB said :

But yes I do live near the proposed development – that is why the possible risk of it being a health hazard matters to me.

That’s no excuse for trying to spread false rumours with no basis in fact.

c_c™ 12:03 am 07 Feb 14

MCB doesn’t seem to realise theres already towers operating there, meaning the health risk (if it is one) that exists tomorrow, exists today and existed yesterday. Indeed has probably existed the last twenty years depending on when the first AMPS towers went in (and those suckers were analogue so had huge power outputs).

MCB 11:49 pm 06 Feb 14

I’m interested in talking about mobile phone base stations, not about myself. In soccer terms, play the ball, not the man. But yes I do live near the proposed development – that is why the possible risk of it being a health hazard matters to me. I have to weigh up the possible risks to me, my family and neighbours against the certain benefit that many mobile users in the area would receive from improved phone services. From my perspective, the risks far outweigh the benefits. I understand many others will have a different view, particularly those that are mobile junkies and don’t live near a tower, so face no downside risk. I’m fine with that – this is a democracy and everyone is entitled to their own view, as I am to mine.

Grrrr 5:17 pm 06 Feb 14

So, MCB, is this the first base station that you’ve worked to oppose? If so, why not all the others that are located within 500m of populous areas (which would be the majority of them)? Do you live within 500m of this Ainslie tower?

Do you own a mobile phone? What steps do you take to avoid radiation from it?

You point out that there are no long term studies from 3G stations – do you believe the radiation to be effectually different that from a 2G station on the same frequency?

Do you oppose all new technology and infrastructure developements locally or otherwise which maybe have an adverse health impact, but causation has not been proven? If so, which ones? If not, why just this one?

RadioVK 9:21 am 06 Feb 14

I don’t seem to be able to access the second page of this thread while I’m logged in, so I can’t quote anybody properly, but I’ll give it a try.

I spent 20+ years living next to the 500kW transmitter at Belconnen Naval Station. The transmitter was so powerful it used to make the lights on Ginninderra drive go crazy occasionally. You’d think that it would have caused a massive cancer cluster, but it hasn’t.

I have also worked in the industry, and know quite a few technicians and engineers who have worked on everything from ELF to radar and microwave. This is a group of people who are exposed on a daily basis to levels of EMR far higher than a mobile tower would produce. Again, there’s no massive cluster of unexplained cancers striking down RF technicians worldwide.

MCB, I had a read through some of the information you linked to and it appears that the studies that you refer to don’t actually provide a concrete link between cancer and mobile towers, only a correlation. And as someone else rightly pointed out, correlation does not equal causation.

That said, the link cannot be completely ignored, but lets not cross the line from caution into paranoia.

MCB 11:42 pm 05 Feb 14

Jazz
While you’re at it, you might want to refresh your memory on the RiotACT commenting guidelines. I don’t have a problem with people disagreeing with my views but a number of the comments above are neither thoughtful, positive nor civil. I expected more of the RiotACT.

farq 8:51 pm 05 Feb 14

Jazz said :

something is going a bit whacky on this post and there are comments awaiting moderation that I can’t get to

Jazz, did you notice that logged in users can see the ‘to be’ moderated queue at http://the-riotact.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php

Is that intentional?

    Jazz 10:25 pm 05 Feb 14

    yes we know.. we’d previously had a hack in place to restrict that but had to remove it back in october in the process of slash and burning code to get rid of a virus. haven’t put it back in yet.

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