Many residents of the Wood River Valley are concerned about the small cell wireless antennas being deployed in our community, as this newspaper explored in recent articles. There is also the new development that the Idaho Department of Lands put a bid to place a tall cell tower on Buttercup Road land last Friday and it was accepted. These powerful antennas, small cell towers, are part of the next generation of wireless technology (5G), which may be placed in close proximity to our homes, schools and other places where we engage in the activities of our daily lives, even though there is no science that assures their safety. This is an undeniable risk.

    The FCC’s human exposure guidelines for the radio frequency (RF) microwave radiation used for this technology are decades out of date and the agency has dismissed the results of decade-long research on RF microwave radiation and human health completed last year by the National Toxicology Program that showed “clear evidence of carcinogenicity.”

    Because the health and safety of our families is at stake, as well as the serious damaging impact it would have on our environment and ecosystem, under the Protect The Wood River Valley group we have come together and started a petition, NO 5G IN 5B, that is available to sign around town.  We are also taking part in the 5G Global Days of Action & Awareness that are underway. We are providing a variety of events so the community can become better informed that start this week until the end of the month, along with a Global Day of Protest happening in 35 countries on Saturday, Jan. 25, to demand a moratorium on further deployment of 5G until it can be proven safe. Our city officials need to ensure our safety and place a moratorium on any kind of infrastructure that is related to 5G in all of 5B.  Please also attend any upcoming City Council meetings, County Commission meetings and join us in asking for a moratorium.

    We are having a meeting tonight Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at 100 Bell Drive, Suite B, in the light-industrial area of Ketchum. Other events are also being finalized.

Michelle Pabarcius, Hailey

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