MoH a captured agency for telcos
Thanks to The Gisborne Herald for the quality content about 5G by independent NZ scientists and doctors.
The headline of this letter “RMA only breached closer than 5.5m to a 5G access point” (GH, July 25) is very revealing. Even though the NZ Environmental Standard (NES) – NZS 2772.1:1999 allows radiation levels thousands of times higher than is deemed safe by the building biology standards and higher than most other countries (including Russia, India and China!), these transmitters breach RMA in distances less than 5.5 m!
The Ministry of Health, yet again via a nameless/anonymous spokesperson, is admitting: “Certainly, exposures within a few metres of these sites would have exceeded the public limits, as is the case with almost all sites, whatever technology they use.”
They further admit that “regulations under the Resource Management Act would not permit cellsites that produce exposures in public areas that exceed the public limits.”
And this one takes the cake: “The measurements made near operating cellsites in New Zealand were recorded at distances ranging from 30 to 130 metres from the sites.”
From 30 metres? How many of these masts are right beside the sidewalks, schools, homes, workplaces, malls, hospitals, etc?
I invite your readers to document the location of these masts. And for those of you who have an RF meter, please start recording the power density around these masts at different distances, directions and times. We know 1milliW/m2 (or .1 microwatt/cm2) is already cause for concern according to the building biology standards.
How about District Councils start upholding their regulatory responsibilities in respect to the RMA?
We can't play Russian roulette with the health of our children. We all need to stand up for safe communities and safe technologies, and hold those responsible in government to account.
When our MoH, which has effectively rendered itself as the PR agent for telcos, says “The ministry welcomes further research in this area”, how on earth are they giving permission for telcos to go ahead with 5G technology and put these masts wherever they wish with no input from councils, the public, schools, etc? They are effectively using us as guinea pigs.
Our MoH has become a captured agency for telcos. It is about time that it becomes free of vested interests and gets back to its proper job.
This Government continues to hold people with no symptoms in managed isolation with taxpayers' money, just in case they develop an illness that is similar to the flu, based on the precautionary principle. How about it applies precautionary principle on a technology that many independent scientists and doctors are warning us against with peer-reviewed science?
I also really appreciated and learned much from this column “5G confusion — clarification one step at a time” in the same issue of The Herald.
MoH needs to push the pause button on 5G, until all the concerns raised by Dr Redmayne are addressed. Dr Redmayne's deep understanding of the radiation issues allows her to convey science in simple English for lay people.
I particularly liked this explanation that demonstrates why the beam-forming nature of 5G makes it very different from earlier technologies: “How energy is delivered makes a difference. For instance, if the energy used in patting a baby to sleep over 30 minutes were delivered in one blow, the outcome could be ghastly. In this analogy, the sustained patting represents averaged radio-frequency exposure; the one blow represents the focused beam.”
Our MoH is deceiving us by saying “exposures to 5G signals are similar to, or lower than, those from existing cellsites”.