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Swedish professor joins Kingswinford anti-mobile phone mast protesters

Martes 3 de febrero de 2009 · 1007 lecturas

Swedish professor joins Kingswinford anti-mobile phone mast protesters
Feb 3 2009 by Steve Bradley, Birmingham Mail

ANXIOUS Kingswinford campaigners fighting to remove mobile phone masts from near their homes have taken their battle to Europe.

Protesters marched to the High Acres Base Station with MEP Liz Lynne, who pledged to do all she could to see the equipment moved from the top of a former water tower at the summit of a hill.

Also joining them, all the way from Stockholm, was Professor Olle Johansson, who made a special visit from the Karolinska Institute in the Swedish capital, where he has established himself as one of the world’s leading authorities on electro-magnetic radiation.

Since masts started to be erected at the site in 2001, 14 near neighbours have died of cancer and a further 20 people have contracted the disease.

The masts, erected by Orange, O2, T Mobile and Vodafone, have produced what US scientist Dr George Carlo called “the worst levels of this type of radiation in the world”.

Some scientists, including Dr Carlo and Prof Johansson, now believe that the type of non-ionizing radition emitted from masts may have a damaging effect on health, although the mobile phone industry continues to claim levels of exposure are not dangerous.

Sutton Coldfield housewife Eileen O’Connor, now a leading figure with the Radiation Research Trust, also joined activists at the top of the hill.

She contracted breast cancer shortly after a mobile phone mast was erected near to her home in the Wishaw area, and found that there was an apparent cluster in the village.

Mrs O’Connor said European MPs were doing “brilliant work” in highlighting the protestors’ cause.

Wendy Baggott, co-ordinator and trustee of the High Acres Base Station Mast Action Group, said there were 18 antennae and eight dishes at the base station.

She said: “The surrounding land is a public open space and our children are supposed to play here. How many more masts can they put up, and what effect is it having on our health?”

Liberal Democrat MEP Mrs Lynne, who is co-chair of MEPs Against Cancer in the European Parliament, said: “It’s obviously a cluster and we would like to know why.”

Prof Johansson said such base stations at least needed better shielding to protect neighbours from microwave exposure, but claimed that his arguments were being taken on board.

He called for an urgent reduction of exposure level.

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