Focus: Sydney — Confusion over radiation risk from phone towers

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1297
  1. Simon Chapman

    After growing protests from residents about the alleged dangers from radio frequency radiation from mobile phone towers, several local councils in Sydney have issued regulations on the distances away from buildings that towers can be located.

    Note it is “distances” not “distance.” For example, according to the rules of one council, no tower can be placed within 300 m of your house. But the towers can come as close to your workplace as specified in any deal struck between your employer and a phone company. They can plonk one right outside your office or factory window.

    The council stated that it had considered the “potential health impact.” Presumably it believes that workers are more …

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