Below are some resources that 5G Free Marin has used repeatedly at the County of Marin and in several cities and towns in Marin County. The documents below have been the most compelling and useful in our efforts to help elected officials understand the issues and recognize the need for creating strong ordinances to slow or stop 5G. None of these documents by themselves will stop the telecoms completely but collectively many of these interlock in ways that can create significant impediments for the telecoms and help to reduce harm should this technology be implemented in your community.
1. Our “Ordinance Recommendations” documents have been the most useful ones that we have created. These documents contain the most comprehensive sets of information for helping communities create strong ordinances to limit or stop 5G installations. Below are two similar documents; we have included both so you have the full extent of what was produced here in Marin. The first is our Fairfax 5G Ordinance Recommendations. The second is our County of Marin 5G Ordinance Recommendations. Each of these documents references items from the corresponding document listed below.
2. Both the Fairfax Ordinance Recommendation Attachments and County of Marin Ordinance Recommendations Attachments contain some excellent support documents. One major difference is that the Fairfax version has some maps that could serve as examples of how the city might proceed with creating setbacks from residences and endangered species habitat, etc.
3. The document Michigan 10-18 Testimony contains several PubMed medical literature abstracts that Sharon Goldberg discusses in her testimony and which she submitted to the Michigan State Legislature in October of 2018. This is a GREAT document to share. Sharon Goldberg’s video from youtube is a MUST-WATCH as it contains compelling information from a highly informed and experienced medical doctor/researcher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=CK0AliMe-KA. If you can get your elected officials to watch this, it would be a great plus as we have found it to be transformative for many elected officials to help them understand the implications of these technologies on human health.
4. This 1/21/19 Tom Wheeler Oped from the New York Times is an amazing piece that calls into question 5G security at a very fundamental level. Wheeler looks at the vulnerabilities of 5G from hacking at all levels including the significant threat to US national security. We believe this is a very important piece as Tom Wheeler used to be the Chairman of the FCC and has supported this technology in the past. There is a national conversation right now focused mainly on China and Huawei Corporation regarding security but but American 5G technology is apparently not much more secure.
5. This Nation magazine expose on wireless technology is a must-read. It provides some historic context for where we currently find ourselves. It provides a historic context by looking at Big Tobacco’s tactics and how they continue to be used by the oil and telecom industries: https://www.thenation.com/article/how-big-wireless-made-us-think-that-cell-phones-are-safe-a-special-investigation/
6. This document Blumenthal-to-Carr is a letter to the FCC from US Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut. This document represents that highest level inquiry/challenge that the FCC has gotten in the country as of April 2019. The FCC has apparently still not responded despite Senator Blumenthal’s deadline. This document can also be found in the “Attachments” documents above.
8. California AB 272 would limit children’s cell phone use in schools in California. While this bill (AB 272 CA- Pupil Cell Phone Ban), authored by Assembly member Muratsuchi is not related to the 5G tower issue directly, it is an important bill to protect children’s health and is good to understand and weave into your discussions with elected officials. Children’s well being is a primary and fundamental part of our conversation with elected officials, especially regarding setbacks from schools and day care centers (see Ordinance Recommendations in item 1 above).
9. The City of Portland, through a resolution (Portland to Feds Health), is calling on the FCC to take a serious look at their wireless safety “guidelines” and develop actual national standards of which their currently are none. This process is something any city could do and is well worth the time and energy for advocates to promote and support.
10. The Guide-to-FCC-Small-Cell-Order contains some fascinating legal analysis on shot clocks (among other things). The fear of shortened “shot clocks” in the FCC order is resulting in local jurisdictions limiting public participation (which is, in part, the industry/FCC’s purpose for including them). This legal critique of the FCC’s Order, shows that shot clocks may not be as substantial or binding as they appear and as they are being interpreted by local lawmakers. This is an important piece to share with elected officials and legal council to help them understand more about shot clocks.
11. The International Association of Firefighters has strongly opposed cell towers on or near fire houses (where firefighters live) because of severe health effects experienced by firefighters. The IAFF website tells a powerful and compelling story about fire fighters and cell tower electromagnetic radiation and what they have done to fight back.
12. This document, Exceptions Basics provides an explanation why good exceptions language is so critical in local ordinance. In our ordinance recommendations above (Item #1) and the associated “Attachments” documents there are in-depth explanations along with an example of good exceptions language for use in local ordinances. Strong exceptions language is a key part of an effective ordinance. This document also contains the law firm BB&K’s language (and a link to the original webpage) that discusses why jurisdictions should not incorporate FCC Order language into ordinances.
13. The Town of San Anselmo, in Marin County, California has produced an excellent Wireless Facility Permit Application Checklist. We strongly recommend you urge your jurisdiction to incorporate a rigorous check list such as this.
14. Fairfax, California’s Wireless Telecommunications Ordinance
After nearly a year of public meetings and intense community process, the Town of Fairfax passed Ordinance No. 833 in July, 2019. This ordinance contains some of the strictest provision in the country to protect the local community from future wireless exposure.