Petition seeks to stop cell towers at Carmel Valley Library

By Karen Billing

An online petition to stop AT&T from installing cell towers on the Carmel Valley Library is gaining support, already generating 160 signatures.

To increase coverage and capacity needs, AT&T has proposed 12 antennas and 24 new remote radio units (RRUs) mounted inside raised cupola enclosures on the library on Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley.

AT&T is currently in the process of adjusting height and location concerns for the cupolas, which are towers with a domed roof. The cupola structures were originally proposed to be 45 feet high, taller than the library’s existing dome of 41 feet.

According to Stephanie Lucero, one of the residents who started the petition, the community should oppose the project for the health risks associated with cell towers, the potential impacts on home values, the negative impact to the aesthetics of the Carmel Valley Library, and noise and safety concerns associated with construction.

“This proposed project has many negative impacts on our community and does not offer anything positive in return. Sure, AT&T claims that we will have improved cell phone reception. This may be true, but at what expense?” said Lucero. “We are exposing our children and residents of our community to a possible health threat. We will potentially see decreased home values in the adjacent residential community. We are destroying the architectural design of our library and altering the skyline in a negative way.”

So far there has been one community outreach meeting about the cell sites on Jan. 28 and, according to Jaime Moore, a spokesperson for AT&T, a second meeting will be scheduled and residents will be notified.

“AT&T plans to continue to invest in the Carmel Valley wireless network with the goal of improving call quality and data speeds. We remain committed to working with the community,” Moore said. “Currently, our engineers are refining our proposed design. Once updated plans are available, we plan to present them to the community. We are dedicated to transparency throughout this process.”

The petition can be signed at www.change.org/petitions/at-t-deny-at-t-s-application-to-install-a-wireless-communications-facility-at-the-carmel-valley-library.

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2 Comments for “Petition seeks to stop cell towers at Carmel Valley Library”

  1. I attended the first meeting and was satisfied that there was no chance that the public could be close and directly in front of any of the antennas (as we should expect). The maximum RF energy levels expected by at&t anywhere the public can be on the library property was a very small (I forgot how small, I think single digit %) of the FCC maximum guidelines. It was also mentioned in the meeting that RF levels off the library property would be even lower (also as expected since the signal strength decreases with distance squared in free space and typically faster in urban environments). Therefore I think the health risk argument is extremely weak (and seemingly irrelevant for the purposes of the petition given that it’s not a legally recognized reason to regulate cell tower placement at local or state levels as long as the FCC limits are met).

    A good source of information about the safety of RF radiation from cell towers is from the American Cancer Society (link and relevant section copied below):

    http://m.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/cellular-phone-towers

    “At ground level near typical cellular base stations, the amount of RF energy is thousands of times less than the limits for safe exposure set by the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and other regulatory authorities. It is very unlikely that a person could be exposed to RF levels in excess of these limits just by being near a cell phone tower.

    When a cellular antenna is mounted on a roof, it is possible that a person on the roof could be exposed to RF levels greater than those typically encountered on the ground. But even then, exposure levels approaching or exceeding the FCC safety guidelines are only likely to be found very close to and directly in front of the antennas. If this is the case, access to these areas should be limited.

    The level of RF energy inside buildings where a base station is mounted is typically much lower than the level outside, depending on the construction materials of the building. Wood or cement block reduces the exposure level of RF radiation by a factor of about 10. The energy level behind an antenna is hundreds to thousands of times lower than in front. Therefore, if an antenna is mounted on the side of a building, the exposure level in the room directly behind the wall is typically well below the recommended exposure limits.”

  2. Diane H

    Please know this about the FCC guidelines:
    1) They have not been updated for 18 years
    2) They completely ignore non thermal biological effects, which are the issue with these emissions.

    Therefore any assertions that these cell tower emissions are within FCC guidelines are meaningless.

    Please google this video: Resonance: Frequency of Being

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