UPDATE The Weston Elementary cancer story continues to find its way into new and bigger media outlets including the London Daily Mail. The parents have rallied around and referenced an engineer, Eric Windheim, whom they hired whose credentials were examined and critiqued in Inside Towers’ Thursday story “Are School Parents Getting the Wrong Info From EMF’ers?” Last Thursday, CBS This Morning aired “Cell tower behind cancer scare at 1 school?” The parents, understandably teary eyed over their respective sons’ unexplained illnesses, were juxtaposed with pictures of the site which Sprint has since agreed to remove. CBS talked to Sprint’s Network Project Manager Dharma Nordell who said three tests have shown the tower is operating 100 times below the federal limit.
“Does Sprint believe that tower could be causing cancer?” the CBS correspondent asked her.
“Absolutely not,” Nordell said. “It is not a safety concern to the community but we do hear the community’s concerns, so we’re quickly working to relocate the tower.”
“My heart goes out to these families of children afflicted by cancer. It is natural that they would look for an explanation for such a painful tragedy, and we hope they find the root cause since there is no evidence that the tower posed any issue,” said WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “The Federal Communications Commission, the leading national authority on regulating radio frequency, sets the limits to which this tower adhered, based on sound science, indicating the tower had no health effects.”
CBS News also had their medical contributor and oncologist Dr. David Agus look at the case and he said the number of cases warrants further investigation.
“Whenever you hear of cases of cancer in a child obviously that itself is alarming. When there’s several cases in one school… that’s even more alarming,” Agus said. But he said people exposed to RF waves at normal levels have not been found to be at higher risk for developing cancer.
The story has also appeared in Newsweek’s March 13 issue headlined: “Parents Concerned As Fourth Child Diagnosed With Cancer While Attending California School With Cell Phone Tower On Campus.”
In the article, one of the distraught mothers said the school district cited an, “obsolete American Cancer Society study” as the reasoning for the school’s inactivity.
Eric Windheim, EMF expert hired by the parents told CBS Sacramento in the Newsweek article said, “I wouldn’t send my kids there at all, it absolutely is dangerous. Children are still developing and their cells are still being divided. It’s the worst possible time in their life to be exposed.”
The London Daily Mail of April 5 made the following points:
- “Sprint, which owns the tower, has shut it down despite insisting the radio frequency levels are 100 times below the federal limit”
- “A private investigator for the patients’ moms found the levels were higher than reported”
Inside Towers is waiting to hear back from Ripon Unified School District on their efforts to test for other causes.
By Jim Fryer, Managing Editor, Inside Towers
April 8, 2019