Letter: Resident raises opposition to cell tower on Eel's Hill

Letter to the Editor:

Attention residents of Settler’s Ridge, Settler’s Woods and any one else who resides within a half mile of Eel’s Hill in Milford, Connecticut. You are about to become guinea pigs in an AT&T health and electrical science experiment. The City of Milford is on the verge of approving the construction of a 135 foot high cell phone rely tower on the city owned Eel’s Hill property.

Yes, you will now be bombarded with radio frequency microwaves 24 hours a day, let alone having the privilege of viewing one of AT&T’s beautiful cell towers out your kitchen window. Just think how your property values will soar.

How the city can decide to place one of these towers in a residential area is beyond me. I Google mapped the area and counted no less than 150 residential dwellings within a quarter of a mile from the existing radio towers. Also included in that area were two churches, one full-time daycare operation and a child’s seasonal pre-school facility, all in the shadow of the proposed tower.

The science has yet to be determined on the health consequences of constant exposure to dangerous RF microwaves. Many countries around the world are studying the effects of this exposure on humans, but not the United States government. The allowable minimum exposure standards in the US are multiple times higher than most other countries.

It is well known that children run the greatest risk of cellular damage from exposure to microwave radiation. Yet, we are days away from a decision that could impact all of your lives. Until there is no doubt that continual exposure is harmless, I don’t believe the residents of Milford should be participants in an electrical experiment.

Many see this as a win for the city of Milford. AT&T is paying for the construction of the tower and the city will reap the financial benefits of leasing the facility back to AT&T. But, let me ask, why doesn’t AT&T want to own the property outright? Do they fear the ramifications and the legal consequences of a future time when the dangerous effects of RF exposure are better documented? Do the citizens of Milford want to bet the long term health of their children and themselves on a scientific experiment in which no one can foresee the ultimate results.

Build your tower on Charles Island and let AT&T perform their scientific experiments on the rats that dwell there, not on human guinea pigs. Please contact your Alderman and plan on attending the informational hearing on Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall.

Walt Rollins

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  • JFK


  • No_Simple_Solutions

    What scientific qualifications does this writer have on radio transmissions or radiation? I was the chief engineer for a radio station and never heard of an increased number of health problems among those working on transmitters.
    Almost 100 years of radio should be enough evidence to say the science has determined this is safe. Cell phones are just another frequency like changing radio or TV stations.

    The researcher that started the claim that cell phones cause cancer has since been disbarred and the paper retracted for falsified evidence to fit his biased agenda.

    A tower on Charles Island would have to be around 300 feet tall for phones to get a good signal. Towers just like telephone poles have to be placed where people have phones. Why is a tower every few miles an eyesore but poles every 150 feet accepted?

    As for danger, what about not being able to reach 911 in an emergency?

    • JFK

      Walton Rollins is a local high school history teacher and conspiracy theorist. So, to answer your question, he has no scientific qualifications.

      He does, however, have a blog where he discusses how the government is plotting to take over the world. – http://howthehellshouldiknow-wallyworld.blogspot.com/

    • ctdad

      Simple…He doesn’t but I do….These towers emit non ionizing frequencies that if you are an engineer you are fully aware…There is also RF Ingress/Egress control required to support proper cell service…There is also RF absorption on Buildings and the environment that exist as well. These do exist, have been documented, and acknowledge as being a carcinogen, however not formally accepted in the US, which is more due to politics and money. Cell phones and cell towers are a bit different and its a bit short sighted to try to connect the two when making an argument. The existing tower is approx 100ft and is short range only servicing the local police, fire, public works, and utlity..This will be a 150ft commercial tower, with larger cells, supporting a significantly user base, with a much large range…

  • peanut_gallery_ninja

    Good question. Mr. Rollins lives on a nearby street. This is a NIMBY issue, not a health concern. I live in the neighborhood and would welcome the improved services.

  • Penelope Landis

    Excellent letter! Want some expert opinion? See the Babysafe Project Website to understand why pregnant women need to be especially careful. http://www.babysafeproject.org/

  • Concerned citizen

    So, the city wants to build a tower in a residential neighborhood to transmit fire and police communications and to lease the rest of the tower to AT&T for cell phone use. Let’s see what firemen think about those towers being constructed near their station houses…

    “The International Association of Fire Fighters’ position
    on locating cell towers commercial wireless infrastructure on fire
    department facilities, as adopted by its membership in August 2004, is
    that the IAFF oppose the use of fire stations as base stations for
    towers and/or antennas for the conduction of cell phone transmissions
    until a study with the highest scientific merit and integrity on health
    effects of exposure to low-intensity RF/MW radiation is conducted and it
    is proven that such sitings are not hazardous to the health of our


  • Concerned citizen

    Cellphone tower — are we asking the right questions?

    “Congress and the telecommunications industry passed a law to
    specifically prevent legitimate health concerns from being a factor in
    the placement of cellphone towers. Why would they do that?”


  • Penelope Landis

    Educate yourself. Many World Health Organization Doctors are stating that the evidence has increased since 2011 when this radiation was classified as possible human health carcinogen.

    Please remember that all independent research that looked at over ten years of use, 30 minutes a day has shown increased cancer. If they started as teens then 4 to 5 times cancer.

    Dariusz Lezinsky holds two doctorates and is a a World Health Organization invited scientist.

    He states,” Cell phones were not tested for human health safety before they were put on the market. It is the first time in the history of mankind that we have microwave emitting devices directly to our heads and expose our organs to the deep penetrating radiation. Any comparison with TV stations used to alleviate our worries is a sham. Authorities need to implement the precautionary principle. The time to act is now. “


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