- Greenville, SC County Council and Zoning
- United States of America
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This petition is being started to stop the planning and construction of a Verizon cell tower on the land currently being used as a dog park at the Greenville County Pavilion Recreation Center Complex at Old Spartanburg Road and Scottswood Road in Taylors, South Carolina.
On August 29th 2016, Greenville County's planning commission voted to approve a lease of this land to Milestone Development/Milestone Communications Inc [see GreenvilleParksHQ.com] to construct a 120 ft cell tower at this location. According to AntennaSearch.com, there are already 75 towers within a 4 mile radius of the proposed tower site.
Nearby business owners, residents, and parents of children in nearby day care centers, schools, playgrounds and churches are extremely concerned about short and long term health/ safety issues, property devaluation and are calling for all planning for erection of the tower at this location to IMMEDIATELY CEASE and for a new more suitable location to be found and used instead.
Cell towers or cell masts emit radio frequencies (RF) a form of electromagnetic radiation like a microwave oven for a distance of up to 2 miles in hilly areas. [safespaceprotection.com] Even at low levels of radiation with just short exposure time, there is evidence of cell tissue and DNA damage and it is linked to numerous health problems such as fatigue, headaches, dizziness, skin reactions, anxiety, nausea and irritability that can begin within days of tower activation for some sensitive people. Down the road, long term exposure has led to birth defects, brain cancers, nervous system break down and complete inability to function.
Dr George Carlo hired by the telecommunications industry to conduct studies on cell tower radiation concluded that exposure to radiation from cell towers is "potentially the biggest health insult" this nation has ever seen and a greater threat than cigarette smoking or asbestos.
FCC.gov "safety" guidelines are among the least restrictive in the world allowing up to 580 microwatts per square centimeter whereas Australia permits up to 200 microwatts. Russia, Italy and Toronto, Canada allow 10 and China and Switzerland manage quite well at 6 and 4 microwatts respectively. New Zealand has proposed levels as low as .02 microwatts per square centimeter. [geoengineeringwatch.org]
Numerous studies including:
1) The 1998 Vienna Resolution conducted by 16 world leaders in bioelectric magnetic research 2) The International Association of Fireman study of impact of towers on or near firestations have made firefighters sick. 3) The 2003 R. Santini et al in Rennes, France study of people living within 300 meters of cell antennas 4) The 2011 W.H.O. Internat'l Agency for Research on Cancer study that classifed RFs radio frequency electro magnetic fields (EMFs) as " a possible carcinogenic" based on increased incidences of brain cancers 5) The 2003 E. A. Navarro study in Valencia, Spain where people living 50-150 meters away from cell towers were studied 6)The 2007 Dr John Walker studies showing high incidences of brain hemorrhages, brain cancers and high blood pressure of people living within 400 yards of cell masts. 7) The 2004 Israeli Study "Increased incidence of Cancer Near a Cell Phone Transmission Station" found those living near cell towers had a 4.5x higher cancer risk. 8) The 2012 Bio-inititive report [Bioinitiative.org ] more than confirms all of the above studies conclusions and looked at
many additional studies. It concluded that safety standards are as much as 1000 times too lenient and recommended a safe (RFR) level for those living near cell towers be set at .003 microwatts per square centimeter.
The verbiage of Greenville County Ordinances passed in 2005 ( after the Telecommunications Act of 1996) all show that the goal of Greenville County Government is first and foremost to protect the health, safety, welfare and property values of its residents as well as protect the environment. Allowing the tower to be put up at this location would be a violation of those ordinances.
Please join us in telling Greenville County Government elected and appointed officials that we are not willing to risk our health or our children's health or see further damage to the environment or our properties devalued as a result of a cell tower put up at this location and are calling for cancellation of all lease agreements and or contracts with Milestone Communications to construct a tower here.
For more information and updates visit "Upstate Action" channel on YouTube and search for "Stop the Pavilion Dog Park Cell Tower". Also contact your county council representative at GreevilleCounty.org ] and tell them to do what they can to STOP the tower from being put up at this location. Finally come to the next Greenville County meeting planned for May 10th, 2017 to voice your disapproval and THANK-YOU for SIGNING THE PETITION BELOW.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED CALL ON GREENVILLE COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA COUNTY GOVERNMENT APPOINTED AND ELECTED OFFICIALS - INCLUDING ZONING, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS, COMMISSIONS, BOARD MEMBERS AND COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO CEASE ALL PLANNING AND CANCEL ALL AGREEMENTS WITH MILESTONE DEVELOPMENT a/k/a MILESTONE COMMUNICATIONS INC. TO BUILD A CELL TOWER AT THE CURRENT DOG PARK AT THE GREENVILLE COUNTY PAVILION RECREATION CENTER COMPLEX AT SCOTTSWOOD RD AND OLD SPARTANBURG RD IN TAYLORS, SOUTH CAROLINA AND FIND A MORE SUITABLE LOCATION.
The STOP the Pavilion Dog Park Cell Tower ! petition to Greenville, SC County Council and Zoning was written by UpstateAction and is in the category Environment at GoPetition.