Sheffield & Great Barrington MA Voters Approve Hold on 5G Until FCC Addresses Lawsuit Loss Re: Safety

By Safe Helps You, the Scientific Alliance for Education with Safe Tech International

Berkshire County, MA – At the Sheffield and Great Barrington annual town meetings May 1st, 2023 residents voted in favor of the citizen’s petitions (Article 32 and 38) which requires the towns to hold applications for 5G installations until the “FCC completes the DC Circuit court-mandated Environmental Review of the entire 800,000 to 1 million wireless telecommunication facilities roll out to the conditions as stated in the NEPA Policy Act 1969 including studies from scientists independent from industry, who have fully investigated millimeter wave 5G small cell technology safety; and that the FCC regulations have been updated to include measures that comply with the results of this review.”

Sheffield’s New Bylaw Voted by Residents

Citing scientific evidence of biological harm from wireless radiation, an eleven-thousand-page document was submitted as part of a legal case filed against the FCC by the Environmental Health Trust, the environmental health organization led by Dr. Devra Davis, a member of the team awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientists.

Substantial Evidence

(Berkshire activist Kathy Levin printed out the 11,000 pages of documentation reviewed by the Circuit Court that ruled that the FCC’s decision not to review its1996 exposure guidelines was arbitrary, capricious and not evidence based.)

The Court found that the FCC did not adequately review recorded evidence of people harmed by wireless radiation and found the FCC ignored the scientific evidence indicating harmful biological impacts. Based on this and the fact that the FCC has not updated the safety limits to include 5G small cell millimeter frequencies, petitioners want to put a hold on 5G small cell millimeter wave installations until they are proven safe.

Specific concerns from the residents target the studies revealing millimeter wave frequency harm to pollinators. As agricultural communities, voters want to be convinced that their crops will not suffer if the myriad of 5G transmitters negatively affect the bees. Their warrant asks for input from scientists who are independent from the telecom industry, who can give an unbiased report. The petitioners related telecom’s rollout of 5G without sufficient research as similar to big tobacco’s promotion of cigarettes. It was years later and many cancer deaths before regulations were enacted limiting smoking in public places and adding warning labels to packaging. Voters spoke out that “we want to know for sure a similar fate will not bestow residents where electro-hypersensitivity syndrome becomes the norm with no recourse to remove the transmitters causing the problem.

See: 5G and Small Cell Environmental Effects: Birds, Bees Trees and Climate – Environmental Health Trust (

Sheffield and Great Barrington joined several other communities in Massachusetts that are focused on regulating 5G small cell installations. In response to limited phone service in some areas, the petitioners cited that the 5G small cells are not about making a phone call. They are short range and were designed to make streaming faster. But testing has subsequently proven its hardly faster than 4G from cell towers, and the small cell frequencies are disrupted by rain and trees, so are unreliable.

The Scientific Alliance for Education (S.A.F.E.) in Sheffield has provided seminars in both Sheffield and Great Barrington recently so residents could avail themselves of the non-industry research they have compiled. It seems to have paid off in both towns as the petitioners turned out and even applauded when statements for the Article were read. Nina Anderson, President of S.A.F.E. says, “This is the first step in trying to protect our towns from intrusion by industry who has not complied with the court order and not proven this technology is safe.” Details on this and other wireless concerns can be found on their website – Link to Press Release

As reported by MA4Safetechnology,

“Citizens are no longer waiting for public policy to catch up with the thousands of studies showing wireless radiation is very, very harmful to people and planet.

They are educating their communities, engaging diplomatically with their towns, and if the public safety facts fall on deaf ears, they are taking citizen petitions to Town Meeting, and as needed, suing for the right to be protected in one’s own home and schools.

Please participate where you can, support others, and further the tech safety conversation with your loved ones, colleagues, health care team, towns, schools and legislators:

  • Tuesday, May 2: Vote NO on Sudbury Warrant Article 40 to block placement of “wireless facilities” — cell towers and small cells at close range to homes and schools — in the public accessway. Science calls for a minimum 1,640′ setback.
  • Wednesday, May 3: Vote YES on Millis Town Meeting Article Warrant 20 to have the town send notices to state and federal authorities of “urgent concerns regarding the safety of wireless infrastructure for human health and the environment, and request that immediate state and federal action be pursued to require the FCC to address the 2021 court ruling regarding its exposure guidelines, and that the federal regulatory gap be addressed, so that the town is not misled and misinformed in approving infrastructure on the basis of outdated guidelines that are not evidence-based, thereby endangering public health, disability rights, community rights, wildlife, and the nature environment.” See info sheet.
  • Thursday, May 4: Vote YES on Upton Town Meeting Warrant Article 37 to pause wireless buildout until the FCC fulfills its court-ordered mandate to address the science showing harm. See fact sheet and community resources.
  • Thursday, May 4: Vote NO on Lenox Town Meeting Warrant Article 12 written by industry to minimize local control and pave the way for toxic close-range cell antennas. Science calls for a minimum 1,250′ setback and this bylaw lets toxic antennas in at 250′ or less. See the facts and last week’s EMF/RF/5G Forum recording. See Facebook page too.
  • Chester MA holds its town meeting in June.

Citizen Petition-pmg-edit (

Data-Driven Decision Making For Microwave Illnesses Requires Data

In addition, on Thursday, May 4, the Joint Committee on Public Health in Massachusetts will hold a hearing regarding establishing a state-wide registry for sensitivity to electromagnetic fields.

Bill H.2158 (

  • Citizens and EMF experts are encouraged to send in testimony, testify live via Zoom or in person. You needn’t be from Massachusetts. Those testifying on Thursday must register by 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 2.
  • The MA legislature now has a form to submit testimony. You may enter a brief statement directly into the form on-line, and/or upload ONE file to submit.
  • Click here to submit testimony and/or register to speak in support of H. 2158.

1,000 Days and Nights

The MA town warrant votes coincide with the Alma Street and Shacktown neighborhood of Pittsfield marking 1,000 days of being driven from their homes by a poorly sited industrial-scale tower.

Some municipalities are battling the installation of 5G small calls proximal to homes and sensitive areas. Others are discovering that RF exposures have already increased to facilitate 5G, with little disclosure or transparency about supporting infrastructure.

Increasingly, communities in MA and beyond are calling attention to the regulatory gap at the federal level and standing in solidarity with those seventeen injured individuals in Massachusetts, including children, who deserve to be protected and safe in their own homes.

Sourced from Safe Tech International

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