Mitchell residents urge city to ban 5G tech over alleged health risks, officials ‘not worried’ – Mitchell Republic


MITCHELL — A group of Mitchell residents claims 5G technology is causing “serious health effects,” urging city leaders to ban the new wireless technology, but some of the city’s top officials say they’re not worried.

In front of a large crowd gathered at Monday’s Mitchell City Council meeting, Beth Bauer and Sonja VanErdewyk claimed that 5G is making “millions of people sick” living in cities where wireless technology is available.

Bauer and VanErdewyk are among a handful of Mitchell residents who have expressed concern about 5G and claim that exposure to radiation from the radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields emitted by 5G small cell facilities and cell phones causes health problems ranging from cancer to ADHD.

“You are all very concerned about the health of the community, and so are we. “We really want you to think twice about allowing society more 5G,” VanErdewyk said at Monday’s council meeting, claiming that Mitchell has several 5G towers. “I started noticing tremors in my legs and hands three years ago and I am a healthy person. Some of the symptoms may be lack of motivation, anxiety, depression, memory loss.”

The city council gave the interested citizens’ group the opportunity to discuss 5G at Monday’s meeting, but no action was taken. After citizens echoed 5G fears, Mitchell City Council Chairman Kevin McCardle said 5G is “not something I’m worried about”, citing Verizon’s knowledge that the technology is not harmful to humans.

While a group of Mitchell residents is concerned about the health complications they allegedly cause 5G, Mayor Bob Everson said Mitchell does not have 5G technology.

“Anyone wishing to set up a 5G small cell facility, including cell phone providers and private parties, must submit an application and obtain a permit from the city. Mitchell doesn’t have any approved permits yet,” Everson said.

Shown here is a 4G cell phone tower located next to the Performing Arts Center in Mitchell.

Adam Thury / Mitchell Republic

Bauer and VanErdewyk dispute the city’s claim that 5G has yet to be deployed in Mitchell, as both say handheld radio frequency meters are detecting 5G in parts of the city.

Everson noted that cell phone companies may have 5G transmitters in existing 4G towers because they are not subject to the same regulations for installing 5G small cell facilities. But Everson and other city officials have not seen evidence of cell phone providers installing 5G on their 4G towers in Mitchell.

“My phone never showed the option to connect to 5G anywhere in the city. The FCC regulates cell phone companies and their existing towers, but the city regulates new small-cell 5G facilities,” Everson said. “As far as I have researched and learned, 5G is not a concern for me. We wanted to give the group a chance to discuss this at their request, and they spent 10 minutes presenting.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the agency that sets health safety standards for 5G and determines which radio frequency radiation levels in wireless technology are safe for human exposure. Since the launch of 5G technology in 2018, when major mobile phone companies launched it with the ability to produce the fastest download speeds,

The FCC has maintained its position that current radiofrequency radiation exposure limits are “public health protective.”

Bauer, who moved from Minneapolis to Mitchell due to the radiation sickness he said was caused by 5G, criticized the FCC’s 5G regulatory measures, claiming that the agency did not provide any long-term studies and did not provide proof that 5G is safe. He said the FCC ignored “scientific evidence that 5G is harmful.” As Bauer points out, the FCC and cell phone companies using 5G have to “prove” that the new wireless technology is secure.

“In 2019, the FCC admitted that there were no 5G security efforts being conducted by its agencies. Why would the FCC ignore such information when they know it exists? They are called hijacked agency because a large part of their funding comes from the industry they need to regulate, ” said Bauer, citing wireless cell phone companies as the industry he claims is helping fund the FCC.

Everson said Verizon representatives were invited to Monday’s council meeting to participate in the 5G discussion, but none appeared. In its place,

Verizon officials submitted a document to the council rejecting claims that 5G is harmful

and not worked.

“Scientists in the US and around the world have conducted research on RF energy for decades,” Verizon’s document said. “In December 2019, by unanimous and bilateral resolution, the FCC adopted the same radio frequency safety standards that applied to earlier wireless technologies (3G and 4G) and 5G.”

Sioux Falls became the first city in the state to roll out 5G technology. Mitchell is in a position to welcome 5G small cell facilities to be placed in the community after the city council passed an ordinance in 2019 paving the way for wireless technology companies to install 5G cell towers in Mitchell. years.

Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr, the center, is reviewing Midco’s installation of high-speed internet equipment on the 330-foot telecommunications tower in Mitchell in 2019.

Courtesy of Midco Communications

Pressing the FCC for work on 5G security

Bauer and VanErdewyk recently purchased handheld electromagnetic field meters that they claim show some 5G cell phones detect radiation levels 100 times what the FCC considers safe.

The group of concerned citizens stated that a recent

Case ruled against the FCC for agency’s decision not to review radiofrequency emission rules

This dates back to 1996 as another key piece of evidence the council should consider to ban 5G technology.

The lawsuit against the FCC was filed by the Child Health Defense and resulted in the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling last year that the FCC “failed to provide a reasonable explanation for its determination that its rules provide adequate protection against the harmful effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation.” It has nothing to do with cancer.”

Concerns about radio frequency radiation levels in wireless phones are not new, as several independent labs have conducted tests in recent years to investigate whether cell phone manufacturers are complying with the FCC’s safety guidelines.

The maximum Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) exposure that the FCC considers “safe” for mobile phones is 1.6 watts per kilogram. While the FCC requires that all cell phone manufacturers ensure that their cordless phones comply with limits, an independent lab in California recently ran a test on an iPhone 11 Pro and said the lab showed the phone had an exposure of 3.8 watts per kilogram. . According to California-based RF Exposure Lab, the cell phone was placed 5 millimeters away from a dummy with simulated human tissue.

“I’ve used my meter to test other people’s 5G phones and I’ve seen them max out my meter, which is 100 times what scientists think is safe,” Bauer said. “The FCC uses guidelines from 1996, which means they are using wireless security data from prior to 1996. They have ignored the 11,000 pages of scientific evidence that has been made since then that proves wireless communication is not secure.”

For 4G, the main wireless technology at Mitchell, most mobile devices operate at frequencies below six gigahertz (GHz), while 5G uses frequencies from the millimeter wave bands between 28 GHz and 300 GHz. For all radio frequencies, 300 GHz is the international maximum level established to avoid any adverse health effects.

“The step from 4G to 5G is astronomically higher because they use wavelengths that are much shorter and are known to be much more harmful to humans than 4G,” Bauer said. “Verizon and AT&T use 30 to 300 gigahertz (for 5G), which is almost three times what 4G uses.”

Teams are building a cell phone tower near Mitchell Technical College.

submitted photo

Verizon once again rejected the claim that the millimeter wavelengths used in 5G technology are harmful to humans in the document submitted to the city, saying, “5G technology using the millimeter wave spectrum is subject to the same FCC security standards that apply to all frequencies. spectrum used for wireless communication. Therefore, 5G networks using the millimeter wave spectrum are not only beneficial, but must also meet FCC security standards.”

While some city leaders are not alarmed about the alleged health effects of 5G, at least the group of Mitchell residents is asking the council to take similar action on 5G technology as many other city and state government bodies have.

While 5G technology has reached every state in the US, some officials in other states have been cautious about the rollout of 5G. California, Maine, New Hampshire, and Oregon are among a few states where authorities have taken steps to closely regulate 5G.

some cities like

Mill Valley and Los Altos, both in California, have placed restrictions on the installation of 5G small-cell antennas near residential homes.

After the Los Altos City Council rejected 13 applications from Verizon and AT&T for 5G installments, both companies filed pending lawsuits against the city.

The New Hampshire state government has gone so far as to appoint a commission to investigate the health effects of 5G.

“It can be placed in homes and internet cubes, but there is no recourse for your neighbor,” said VanErdewyk. “Insurance companies do not insure long-term damage from electromagnetic radiation emitted by these towers, and 5G is compared to asbestos in insurance whitepapers.”

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