Editor, Townsman:

Regarding proposed monopoles: U.S. radio-frequency exposure guidelines are much higher than those in many other nations. Thousands of studies document biological effects from radiation at very low intensities, including increases in permeability of the blood–brain barrier and behavioral changes. 

Substantial evidence of genetic damage, reproductive defects, cancer, neurological degeneration and nervous system dysfunction, immune system dysfunction, cognitive effects, protein and peptide damage, and developmental effects have been reported in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Electrosmog is a 24/7 assault. Some people withstand the challenge for years before falling ill, and may never know that radio frequencies caused their decline. Others don’t know that dizziness, headaches, digestive challenges, sleep disturbance, and a rapid heart beat may be caused by wireless exposure. Those afflicted with "hypersensitivity" know that they have to avoid electrosmog in order to survive.

In Massachusetts, the Dept. of Public Utilities relied on 2014 testimony from a notorious career tobacco scientist regarding the safety of wireless utility meter and infrastructure. 

Business interests have ignored the fact that there is no valid science to support claims that current juxtapositions of exposures are safe. Carl Sagan was right: “We’ve arranged a society on science and technology in which nobody understands anything about science and technology, and this combustible mixture of ignorance and power sooner or later is going to blow up in our faces. I mean, who is running the science and technology in a democracy if the people don’t know anything about it?” 

Massachusetts must do better than tobacco science.

Patricia Burke 

26 Lake St.

Norfolk , Mass.

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