Plans to build a 55-foot-tall cell phone tower next to All Saints Episcopal Church in Loveland have neighbors and activists concerned about the tower height and the emission of radio frequency radiation.
According to documents submitted to the City of Loveland’s Current Planning Division, the AT&T antenna array will improve cell service in the Taft Avenue area between 29th Street and 43rd Street, and along 37th Street towards North Garfield Avenue, The Olde Course and surrounding schools. .
The antennas will be housed in a brick tower designed to blend into the architecture of the church to the south.
Opponents of the tower have spoken at recent city council meetings and other hearings for the project to question the security of the technology underlying cellular networks as well as the height of the building, for which Atlas Tower had to request a waiver from the city.
“Before, I could look out my front door and see Long’s Peak. If that cell phone tower goes up, it will be 55 feet. That will be my point of view from then on, ”neighbor Glenda Seely told council at its December 7 meeting.
Local activist David Goldberg also warned on Wednesday of the “neurological and reproductive effects” he alleged radiofrequency radiation inflicts on humans and animals.
“The health effects are well documented. We just don’t pay attention to them, ”he said. “The effects are real; there is really no doubt about it. It’s just how far and how powerful we start to feel the effect.
Public health organizations and government agencies generally believe that existing research is inconclusive or departs from the conclusion that cell phone towers cause health problems.
“At ground level near typical cellular base stations, the amount of RF wave energy is hundreds to thousands of times less than the safe exposure limits set by the Federal Communications Commission and other authorities. regulatory, “the American Cancer Society’s website read. in part. “It is very unlikely that a person could be exposed to RF levels in excess of these limits simply by being near a cell phone tower.”
“To date, there is no consistent or credible scientific evidence of health problems caused by exposure to radio frequency energy emitted by cell phones,” the Food and Drug Administration website also states.
While Cornelius Whitehead of builder Atlas Tower told a neighborhood meeting in October that the tower was not slated to accommodate 5G technology, the FDA website also notes that 5G cellphones “will use the frequencies. covered by current FCC exposure guidelines “.
The Reporter-Herald was unable to reach Whitehead and another Atlas Builder representative to comment on community concerns.
In a letter to the city, project sponsors said 55 feet was the minimum height needed to provide efficient service, and a note from city employees notes that the tower will comply with radio frequency emission guidelines set by the FCC and the Federal Aviation Administration.
On December 7, a handful of board members decided to lead staff members through a rule of four to get back to them with information on cell tower safety and regulations.
City spokeswoman Nicole Yost said no date had been set for a study session, but council and the city manager would assess their priorities for the Rules of Four at an upcoming board retirement.