Sen. Frantz, Rep. Camillo: Prohibit Cell Tower Placement Near Schools

March 1, 2012
Senator Frantz testifies before the Energy and Technology Committee.

Senator Frantz testifies before the Energy and Technology Committee.

Hartford – State Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-36) and State Representative Fred Camillo (R-151) testified before the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee [PDF] in support of lines 82 through 90 of Raised Bill 5271, An Act Concerning The Siting Council on Thursday, March 1st.

“There is concern about the siting of cell towers so close to schools in response to several proposed towers in my district,” said Senator Frantz in prepared remarks. “Many parents, families and health officials have voiced their concerns about the long term health effects of placing these towers so close to schools and day cares.”

This section of the bill would prohibit the placement of cell towers within 250 feet of schools and day care centers.

“This issue is as simple as wanting to being safe rather than sorry. No one can legitimately and reasonably fault this committee or the state legislature for erring on the side of caution,” said Representative Camillo. “Waiting 20 years for a study to be published linking illness to these cell towers is too much of a risk to take at this time, or at any time. This bill only seeks to put added focus on the safety of children, students, and adults who work in schools and day care centers first when siting cell towers in the vicinity of these venues. This bill has passed this committee for the past few sessions, and although vetoed by the Governor last year after passing both the House and the Senate, I am confident that this year this common sense and precautionary proposal will become law.”

“While there has yet to be any conclusive studies done on the long-term effects of cell towers and radiation, a 2005 factsheet provided by the National Cancer Institute state that, among recent findings, there is a direct relationship between radiation and cancer,” continued Senator Frantz. “I believe that it is best to err on the side of being cautious when it comes to the long term health of our children.”

Currently, the Siting Council is responsible for providing siting review regarding proposals to develop large-scale utility infrastructure and telecommunications facilities, including cellular towers.

Two other members of the Greenwich delegation, State Representatives Lile R. Gibbons (R-150) and Livvy R. Floren (R-149), also submitted written testimony to the Committee.