Cellphone tower RF levels in the clear
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 email@example.com.