In 2011 Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich Spoke About Harm from Exposure to Cell Phones and Cell Towers. So Where Does He Stand Now on Bills Which Allow Small Cell Towers in Yards?

By B.N. Frank

There is an Ohio bill being voted on this week which will allow telecom companies to install 4G and 5G small cell towers in residential yards, public rights of ways, historical districts, and pretty much everywhere else:  HB 478 Small Cells Expansion.

It was written to replace the original small cell tower bill which passed in December 2016, “Senate Bill 331 (aka “The Petland Bill”).  Eventually 90 Ohio municipal governments filed lawsuits against the wireless clause added at the last minute to this bill.

Many small cell towers have already been installed throughout Ohio.  Some of them are in front of homes.  Residents may not be aware of what they are.

State and federal small cell tower bills and cell phone safety have been a hot topic recently.  The Nation recently published an article comparing The Wireless Industry to “Big Tobacco” and “Big Oil.”  The article has also been discussed by other publications such as Democracy Now.  Last week, NPR featured the article and topic during their On Point program.

Outside of Ohio, consumer groups, doctors, environmentalists, municipal governments, scientists, and citizens have been fighting similar state bills.  Because of this, they have not passed.  Firefighters have also fought cell towers being installed on station property due to their health concerns.

Many already know that Dennis Kucinich is running for Ohio governor.  On September 5, 2011, when he was still an Ohio congressman, he shared his views on electromagnetic health impacts at “The Wireless Safety Summit.” He was sponsored by The Center for Safer Wireless, a group recently invited to speak on the Dr. Oz Show about 4G and 5G small cell towers being installed in front of homes and all over communities.

Mr. Kucinich knew a great deal about wireless technology and its potential for harm.  He discussed thermal vs. non-thermal damage as well as SAR measurement testing for cell phones.

At the 4:18 minute mark, Mr. Kucinich referenced former U.S. policies regarding tobacco products and how the industry profited for several decades at the expense of public health.  At the 8:00 minute mark, he mentioned dangers posed by exposure to cell towers as well as wireless and digital utility “smart” meters.

He also discussed a federal bill he would later introduce in 2012, H.R. 6358, “The Cell Phone Right to Know Act.”

This bill was introduced in the 112th Congress, which met from Jan 5, 2011 to Jan 3, 2013. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

Since starting his campaign for governor, Mr. Kucinich has been sharing many of his concerns.  I ran a search on his website under “cell phones,” “cell towers,” and “smart meters” and nothing has yet to be posted about any of this.

5G is new technology.  But there is already research proving that exposure may cause more harm than 4G wireless radiation.

The human body has between two million to four million sweat ducts. Dr. Ben-Ishai of Hebrew University, Israel explains that our sweat ducts act like “an array of helical antennas when exposed to these wavelengths,” meaning that we become more conductive.

Sweat ducts acting like helical antennas.  This means there is the potential for all of us to sweat more.  Sounds unpleasant to say the least.

5G may also increase metabolism.  This could prove to be very unhealthy for many members of our society including children and pets.

Controversy regarding the potential for harm from exposure to cell phone radiation, wireless (WiFi) radiation, and electrical pollution (Electrosmog) is nothing new.  Controversy aside – there is still research to support its potential for harm:

  1. In 2010, GQ magazine published an in depth article featuring interviews with industry and military researchers. 
  2. NBCNews.com posted an article which included research confirming up to 1/3 of the population is “sensitive” to cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation as well as other sources of electrical pollution (“Electrosmog”).
  3. In 2011, The World Health Organization classified cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation as a “Possible Carcinogen”

Research has also determined that all sources of wireless radiation and electrical pollution can harm nature and wildlife as well.

HB 478 is being voted on by the Ohio Senate this week.  If it passes, telecom companies may put small cell tower infrastructure wherever they want and no one will be able to stop them.

It would be good to know where Mr. Kucinich stood on bill this since he has expressed concerned about electromagnetic health impacts already.

Limiting our exposure to personal wireless products won’t protect us from exposure to small cell towers.

50+ federal bills are also being discussed which will eliminate municipal authority regarding 4G and 5G small cell tower placement.  These bills are being fought as well.

More details regarding the Ohio bill may be found in this article.  Contact information for Ohio senators is provided at the end.  Remember, they vote on it this week.

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