10 News A plan by the city of Encinitas to keep people connected through a wireless network is tearing one community apart.
Michael Schwaebe uses his own radio frequency meter, but an increase in RF levels worries him if three 4-feet-by-13-inch-wide wireless antennas are placed on top of a vacant restaurant roof at the corner of Highway 101 and La Costa Avenue.
"At my home, I need to be able to know that I'm going to be able to live there safely with this tower going in. Tell me what the radiation levels are going to be in my neighborhood," said Schwaebe.
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“We won by educating the neighborhood and getting a permit to picket at the Morgan Run Golf Club during a celebrity tournament,” she said. “But we were prohibited from discussing health concerns at a public hearing because of Sec. 704 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which states that local authorities cannot reject a request for wireless facilities based on health concerns if the facilities met the FCC’s regulations concerning radiofrequency (RF) emissions.
“In short, federal law trumps local law.”