Portland Mayor "rebels" against Feds


28 January 01
........From guru......

I should have pointed out that (in the news report below) the industry man is raising the usual specious issue.  No "proof" of health risk -- he says......

"Proof" is not the issue.  That's the same old "dodge" that was taken by the tobacco industry for decades.....

The issue is: where is the scientific evidence "pointing us?"

If Mr.Lamoureux would refer to the pages of <> he would find MUCH evidence of research that indicts the health "safety" of the cell phone radiation..... As well as other major sources of EMF in our Blue World environment

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.........From EMF-L........

Somebody run that gal (Vera Katz) for president!!!  She errs in her (presumed) belief that the 1996 Telecom Act would not be overturned under a strong challenge, however, viz. it's so-called "prohibition" against the right of local communities (states) to determine for themselves what is safe (healthful) for their community.....

The Supreme Court has yet to rule on that -- and the lower Federal Courts have divided.....  That fight needs to be pressed on!!!

Roy Beavers (EMFguru)

It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness..


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Subject: Article 1/28/2001-001 Oregon. Legislator cites Health Issues
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2001 09:09:28 -0500
From: "Mark Murray" <>
To: <;>

Former Legislator Ms. Vera Katz cites "health" in stance against cell phone towers

The Portland mayor and cancer survivor abstains from a vote on a structure in a neighborhood, saying risks are not known

Friday, January 26, 2001, Portland _Oregonian_

By Courtenay Thompson of _The Oregonian_ staff

When Vera Katz was in the Legislature, she remembers the federal government downplaying the potential health risks of the Vietnam War-era defoliant, Agent Orange, now an acknowledged carcinogen. Vera & the Voters Discuss this and other issues with Portland mayor Vera Katz in her weekly chat show, at 12:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

So Thursday, the Portland mayor and cancer survivor took a dramatic public stand against what she calls the unknown health risks of cell phone towers.

In a land use appeals hearing on a proposed 80-foot cell phone tower in the Montavilla neighborhood of Southeast Portland, Katz said she could not vote because she had a bias.

"I feel very strongly that the federal government has closed its eyes to the potential health risks," Katz said. She later called on the federal government to conduct more studies and call the public's attention to the potential health risks of emissions from cell phones and towers.

"As a survivor of cancer, a lot of the material I have read clearly indicates there is a health issue at stake," Katz said. "The federal government doesn't have much research on it, no incentive to do research on it, because the whole world is so closely tied to this economy and this lifestyle."

While she said she couldn't point to a specific study, she said the public needs to raise the issue. And she said she couldn't vote her conscience, because to do so would violate her responsibility as an elected official to uphold local and federal laws concerning the siting of cell towers.

Marc Lamoureux, development manager for the Northwest region for VoiceStream Wireless, which made the application, said he, too, is concerned about any potential health effects from cell phones. But he said scientific data has shown no ill effects from the low-level of emissions from cell phones and cell phone towers. "There is no scientific data that proves the emissions from cell phones are damaging to health," he said.  As for the mayor's comments, Lamoureux said, "Everybody is entitled to their opinion."

Katz said she had expressed her concerns at an earlier cell phone tower hearing, but decided she could no longer participate in them given her growing concerns.

"I cannot in good conscience continue to support them," Katz told the council.

Other city commissioners said they respected the mayor's decision.

After hearing testimony from Montavilla area residents worried about health and visual effects of the tower, the three remaining city commissioners -- Jim Francesconi, Dan Saltzman, Erik Sten -- denied the neighbors' appeal because the company met local land use requirements. The Federal Communications Commission regulates cell phone use, and local jurisdictions are constrained from considering any health-related concerns, Katz and other city officials said.

Last March, Katz, 67, learned she had breast cancer. She underwent radiation treatment, and her doctors now say she's cancer-free.

"So," Katz said, "I have rebelled today."

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