Noise pollution puts midcoast at risk

By Sandra Chianfoni, Special to the BDN
Posted Jan. 31, 2010, at 5:25 p.m.

My family and I have postponed our plans to move to Maine from Massachusetts. We have spent almost every summer vacation in the midcoast for the past 19 years and it has been our dream to relocate there. However, there is one thing that has put a serious wrench in our plans to do so, namely wireless radio frequency proliferation.

In Massachusetts, we have been battling the local utility company, National Grid, Verizon and the state government going on three years now due to noise pollution and audible and illegal pure tones, resonating in the environment, outside, as well as inside our homes. This noise is radiating on the power lines, which are unable to shield the DSL, broadband radio frequency signals. In fact, the power lines act as noise antennae, carrying the noise as well as serious electromagnetic fields into the environment and our homes.

These noisy frequencies are carried and amplified from the utilities’ cables, exposing us to nonstop high levels of radiation fields. The noise is a blend of distinct harmonics, jittering and oscillating tones, with buzzing and humming at frequencies spanning the entire human hearing spectrum from 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz. The accumulative effect of exposure sensitizes all who begin to notice it, escalating to a point where it becomes a nonstop siren, preventing one from deep sleep and contributing to disease.

The noise and radiation are both health hazards to all living things, a fact now confirmed by numerous scientists and researchers. Studies point to the relationship between radiated noise and the development of insomnia, tinnitus, diabetes, cardiovascular illness, and autoimmune dysfunction as well as autism and cancer. The stress due to the noise and the sleep deprivation alone causes a lack of melatonin and serotonin production in the body, and weakens the immune system, which in turn places one at risk of disease. These high frequencies are carcinogenic and inescapable, unless one is able to live in a “Faraday Cage” an extremely expensive “false” environment built to screen out all radiation. Nonetheless, the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory agencies have allowed these wireless technologies without testing the impact on humans and animals.

When we visited the spot in Maine where we hope to move, we discovered that the same DSL cables are now in that remote area, along with the same noise pollution. The realization that this onslaught is inescapable influenced our decision to finish our battle here in Massachusetts and New York. If we set a precedent and get the hazards mitigated, other states will follow, and the “precautionary principle” will, again, be the moral code for legislation promoting future technological advancement.

We wish to support what Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, has begun in her effort to pass legislation requiring warning labels on cell phones to caution users of risks of cancer associated with electromagnetic radiation. We would also like to respond to those opposed to this legislation who say “people can’t live without their cell phones.” It may be that you won’t live a healthful life with one.

Sandra Chianfoni is an environmental activist who lives in Monterey, Mass. She hopes to retire in midcoast Maine.

http://bangordailynews.com/2010/01/31/opinion/noise-pollution-puts-midcoast-at-risk/ printed on July 29, 2014