Fact-Fuzzy Floridians Encounter Balanced Reporting

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Local jurisdictions in Florida have been caught between a rock and a hard place, hearing cries for better reception matched by cries for having no cell towers at all. After complaints about poor cell service became overwhelming, the Palm Coast government relented and approved four towers proposed by Diamond Communications, reports FlaglerLive.com

 However, the appearance of towers on the skyline has brought the protesters out of the woodwork in Flagler.

 With health concerns being raised as their major case against towers, FlaglerLive presented a balanced counter to those claims. The e-publication quoted the World Health Organization as stating, “A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use.” 

The e-paper also cited a recently published report from Scientific American, noting that study results attempted to link EMF exposure to cancer development in rats was inconclusive. The study, the story said, did reach one undeniable conclusion: “the radiation-treated animals also lived longer than the non-exposed control [animal]s.”  

Florida resident and tower detractor Sonya Snyder argued that, “If you look at Israel, and you look at Germany, who have already decided to disband their cell towers, they noticed a 400 percent increase in cancers by anybody within five miles of those towers, so they are dismantling theirs.” While it sounds dramatic, it is also inaccurate as both Israel and Germany continue to build more cell towers and encourage the rollout of 5G technology.

A recent scare at the Ripon School District in California initially had parents worried that a nearby cell tower was a cancer contributor. Later reports, as documented by Inside Towers, shifted the focus of the investigation to carcinogenic components in the ground water as the more likely cause.   

August 16, 2019   

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