The actual story
The actual staory has been publisehd on Orange intranet pages as below. Why is it that the mast campaigners only worry about mobile phone masts and not all the other things like taxi aerials, broadcast, police, fire ambulance etc etc all of which are normally higher power than mobile....? What about all that electromagnetic radiation coming from lightbulbs everywhere! Lets go back to semaphore before we all keel over!
21 August 2007
Over the last couple of weeks there have been a number of media reports suggesting the existence of "cancer clusters” surrounding phone masts. The reports refer to two sites, Berkeley House in Bristol and Ash Grove water tower in Gainsborough.
National coverage has focused on Bristol, suggesting Orange has made the decision to relocate the phone mast because of residents' concerns.
Actually what’s happened is that Orange was served a 'notice to quit', a legal notice terminating the lease back in 2004 and, as the site couldn’t be upgraded to 3G, Orange began searching for an alternative site.
An alternative site has now been found that will secure coverage in the medium to long term and give us the opportunity to upgrade to 3G.
There are no plans to move the mast in Gainsborough. The site not only operates within the stringent international safety guidelines but also supports national planning policy which encourages mobile companies to share sites.
So how does Orange keep communities informed about masts and health? Orange has a specialist national team who, in addition to consulting with stakeholders where new or upgraded sites are planned, provide information and work with local communities if there are concerns about a particular site and of course we’re involved in and take guidance from ongoing research.
There have been over 500 independent audits which show that emission levels are typically small fractions of the industry guidelines, as well as over 30 independent expert review reports. The Stewart Report published in 2000 was clear that there was no scientific basis for there to be any kind of exclusion zone around schools and residential areas. This has also been confirmed by the government’s independent health advisors.
Of course this concern isn’t unique to the UK and in 2006 the World Health Organisation published a fact sheet that concluded: “Considering the very low exposure levels and research results collected to date, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak FR (radio frequency) [they mean RF] signals from base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects.”
More information on base stations and mobile phones can be found in a leaflet, published by the Department of Health, and available in every store or email [email protected]