At Steel in the Air, Inc., we are constantly bombarded with questions about the issue of the safety of cell towers and the radio frequency emissions from them. Our answer is that we are not qualified to answer the question of whether cell towers are a health risk. We do point out that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits local communities from evaluating health risks as part of a decision on whether to approve or deny a cell tower in a zoning hearing. In fact, if it becomes apparent that a cell tower was denied on the basis of health risks, the decision can be overturned on appeal.
From a personal standpoint, while we don’t believe that the issue is fully researched, we also believe that most cell towers or cell sites are too far away from the end user to constitute a health risk. Back in my days representing carriers in zoning hearings for towers- we would simply hand out the FCC’s pamphlet on radio-frequency exposure as evidence that there was no harm from cell towers or cell sites. Many opponents to towers would find research on the web that seemed to suggest that cell phones were dangerous to human health and try to extrapolate the results to cell towers.
We were pleased to find a very well written article on the American Cancer Society that outlines the status of the research on the alleged health risks from cellular towers and antennas of cellular antennas and towers from radiofrequency emissions.