City Council Introduces Resolution for Health Dept to Study Health Impact of School District’s Cell Towers on Kids

By B.N. Frank

An increasing number of Americans don’t want cell towers and antennas near their homes or their children’s schools due to health and safety risks (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17).  One highly reported example of this is in Wyandotte, MI where earlier this year parents started protesting the installation of a 5G antenna their elementary school’s rooftop.  Soon after, two legislators and an associate professor joined them in their efforts.  The superintendent’s initial response was that it would be too expensive to break the contract.  The following month she resigned.  Now Detroit, MI council members are taking action regarding possible health effects from cell towers already installed on school properties.

From Environmental Health Trust:

Resolution Introduced for the Detroit Health Department to study the health impact of cell phone towers on school children

Amidst heavy parent protests regarding the cell towers at numerous Michigan public schools, the Detroit City Council has introduced a resolution for the Health Department to study the issue of cell tower health effects in order “to assess whether Detroit children have been or are endangered by the location of cell phone towers on school property.”

“The science is enough to trigger new policy that reduces cell tower radiation exposure to children,” stated Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of Environmental Health Trust who sent a letter to the Detroit School Board regarding risks to children’s health. Scarato pointed to the federal court ruling in EHT et. al. v. the FCC and how the FCC has not responded to the 2021 Court order to show how its limits were protective in regards to long term exposure. “The federal government has failed to protect children as FCC human exposure limits are from 1996 and they do not protect against long term effects, nor do they consider children’s unique vulnerability.”

The Detroit Public School Superintendent stated that there are 29 cell towers on Detroit public school properties. “The majority are on buildings where staff and children are at.”

Press Advisory For Immediate Release by Detroit Councilwoman Waters. 

Detroit Councilwoman Waters asking Detroit Health Department study health impact of cell phone towers on school children

Detroit Councilwoman Waters asking Detroit Health Department study health impact of cell phone towers on school children

(Detroit, MI 5/9/2023) – Detroit City Council Member At-Large Mary Waters has introduced a resolution for council review that requests the Detroit Health Department assess the impact of cell phone towers located at schools attended by Detroit children.

“One of the primary responsibilities of this Detroit City Council is to protect the health, safety and welfare of all citizens of Detroit including foremost our children. We must never place petty cash over the health including long term health of our children,” said Waters.

“The Detroit Health Department was instrumental in determining the cause and taking life saving measures in the aftermath of the tragic death of a school child after a flu-like disease struck. We now need that same Health Department to assess whether Detroit children have been or are endangered by the location of cell phone towers on school property,” said Waters noting it would be disingenuous to ask the school system that receives payment for the towers to conduct a health review.

City of Detroit

Detroit City Council


Mary Waters, Member At-Large

2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1340 Detroit, MI

RESOLUTION ON CELL PHONE TOWERS INFORMATION WHEREAS, the increased usage of mobile phones has driven a rapid increase in the proliferation of cellular networks throughout Detroit and the nation; and

WHEREAS, this growth has led to network operators placing more, newer, and higher-powered cellular antennae and transmitters, which emit greater amounts of electromagnetic radiation than previous models; and

WHEREAS, some of these antennae are located at Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings, including the Paul Roberson Malcolm X Academy; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has the imperative to protect the health and safety of our residents, especially those who are most at risk from public health concerns – our community’s children; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Detroit City Council requests that the Detroit Health Department study the number of Detroit children who have been and are currently in regular close proximity to mobile phone towers in the City of Detroit; and be it

FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Detroit Health Department provide the results of this study and the potential impacts on the health of Detroit children within ninety (90) days of the adoption of this resolution.


EHT’s list of published studies on cell towers. 

Facts about cell tower radiation.

Activist Post reports regularly about cell towers, antennas, and other unsafe wireless infrastructure.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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