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Danger looms, warns top US scientist

Posted by seumasach on August 12, 2008


Martyn Smith


12th August

CAMPAIGNERS calling for the demolition of the High Acres tower have won support from a leading American scientist.

Dr George Carlo is a globally recognised expert on the effects of radiation from mobile phone masts who advises the World Health Organisation and US Congress.

The researcher, lawyer and author has pledged his support to residents in High Acres who say radio waves from phone masts on the massive disused water tower may be putting lives at risk.

Dr Carlo said: “The scientific facts are clear that danger looms for users of wireless devices, those who live in the vicinity of wireless infrastructure and the general public.”

He told the High Acres campaigners: “It is a mistake to subject the residents of your community to the dangers attendant to the provision of wireless service that goes far beyond your community usage or need.”

Dr Carlo is set to meet members of the The High Acres Base Station Mast Action Group during a visit to London for an international conference on health and mobile technology in September.

Mast campaigner Wendy Baggott believes Dr Carlo’s support is a big boost for the drive to demolish the tower.

Mrs Baggott said: “This really is wonderful news, we are honoured and privileged to receive an offer of help to our community from Dr Carlo.”

Another big name to back the campaign is Alasdair Philips, director of Powerwatch, an independent pressure group which has been researching wireless radiation for 20 years.

Alasdair Philips said: “In my opinion, it is inexcusable that the Health Protection Agency are keeping the lid on this vital debate by continuing to say that mobile phones and masts are completely safe, when it is clear to many of us who study the scientific reports that we should be far more precautionary in our use of this technology.

“I have good reason to believe that they are doing this because the Government is currently earning about £20bn per year in tax revenue from mobile communications and they see short-term income as more important than long-term health of the population.

“This happened before in the 1950s regarding the hazards of smoking. It is happening again now.”

YOUR SAYYour Stourbridge

Eileen OConnor, Sutton Coldfield says…
2:29pm Thu 7 Aug 08

I was very sorry to hear about yet another cancer cluster around phone masts, you are not alone in this battle, it is a global issue. 

It’s good to hear your campaign is going from strength to strength and you now have some world class experts such as Alasdair Philips from Powerwatch UK and American Scientist Dr George Carlo, willing to offer advice and help along with councillors Dave Tyler and Lynn Boleyn.

I congratulate you on your campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of phone masts. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38 after living 100m from a phone mast and discovered I was living in one of the many cancer clusters around phone masts. 

Please go to the Radiation Research Trust website and read my PowerPoint presentation about my story which is available on the front page. Also go to the research section and view my PowerPoint presentation on phone masts which contains information and research. 

The RRT is organising a major conference in September, 2008 which is mainly, but not exclusively, based around the microwave/mobile phone communications and health and is bringing both sides of the debate together from the highest level in the world for the first time. Dr George Carlo will be presenting and Alasdair Philips from Powerwatch UK is also attending.

Keep up the good work to encourage your MP Ian Pearson, Minister for Science and Innovation to protect public health.

Kind Regards,

Eileen O’Connor
Radiation Research Trustee

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