Cell­phone tower RF lev­els in the clear

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Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dents near the Nib­lick Lane cell­phone tower can sleep bet­ter at night fol­low­ing in­de­pen­dent test­ing on ra­dio fre­quency lev­els, says com­mu­nity cam­paigner Vic­to­ria Jakobs.

The tests con­firm ra­dio fre­quency lev­els are be­low 1 per cent of the na­tional ex­po­sure stan­dard. Ms Jakobs re­ceived the re­sults from tests taken be­fore and af­ter the Tele­com tower was in­stalled.

The tests were con­ducted by the Na­tional Ra­di­a­tion Lab­o­ra­tory and are in­de­pen­dently cer­ti­fied.

The re­port states no ad­verse health ef­fects are an­tic­i­pated at such low ex­po­sure lev­els.

The ‘‘be­fore’’ test, con­ducted on June 14 showed the max­i­mum RF (ra­dio fre­quency field) ex­po­sure was 0.06 per cent of the New Zealand ex­po­sure stan­dard, which the re­port states is mainly at­trib­ut­able to the ra­dio masts on Whi­tireia.

‘‘This too, is re­as­sur­ing for peo­ple who may have had con­cerns about the ra­dio masts, to know that the ex­po­sure lev­els from this are very low,’’ Ms Jakobs says.

A test con­ducted af­ter the Nib­lick Lane cell­phone tower be­gan op­er­at­ing re­vealed a max­i­mum ex­po­sure level at­trib­ut­able to the Tele­com tower of 0.036 per cent of the stan­dard, and a ‘‘worst case’’ max­i­mum ex­po­sure of 0.16 per cent.

‘‘The com­mu­nity work­ing group that worked with Tele­com ide­ally wanted a max­i­mum ex­po­sure level of less than 1 per cent of the New Zealand stan­dard for those most di­rectly af­fected,’’ Ms Jakobs says.

‘‘The pro­jec­tions by Tele­com prior to the tower op­er­at­ing were re­as­sur­ing, but to have proof that this has been achieved is a great re­sult, and makes all the work by my­self, the work­ing group and Tele­com worth it. I hope that the res­i­dents clos­est to the tower are re­as­sured by this.’’

A copy of the re­port is be­ing sent to the work­ing group, the Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion.

To ob­tain a copy of the re­port email vic­to­ri­a­jakobs@gmail.com.

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