Washington Gas Wants Cell Tower On Edge Of White Flint

by Aaron Kraut — April 17, 2013 at 9:59 am 235 6 Comments

Washington Gas Company's Nebel Street property Construction on the Aurora apartments, from the vantage point of the Washington Gas property on Nebel Street

Washington Gas officials want to put a 145-foot telecommunications tower on the edge of White Flint, sparking concern the structure would be an eyesore among the new apartment buildings, hotels and office buildings planned for the area.

News of the plan was delivered at the April 8 meeting of the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee, according to the Friends of White Flint. A Washington Gas representative did not return requests for comment on the tower.

Marjorie Williams, chair of the county’s Tower Committee, said that as of last week the proposal had yet to make its way to her desk.

The Tower Committee would decide if there’s a need for the tower in terms of providing better communications to government agencies. It would also provide an engineering review of the tower. The county’s Board of Appeals would decide on an approval of the tower through the special exception process with a recommendation or non-recommendation from the Tower Committee.

According to the Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit group of residents who want to see the mixed-use development prescribed in the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan, Washington Gas wants to put the tower on its Nebel Street property.

That property includes offices and a yard of trucks and equipment in an industrially zoned area. Across the street, construction continues on the Aurora, an 18-story, 341-unit apartment building two blocks east of Rockville Pike. Nearby, a Harris Teeter grocery store opened in 2008 at Old Georgetown Road and Citadel Avenue. Developer LCOR will build 280,000 square feet of retail, a 320-room Westin hotel and a wishbone suspension bridge over the White Flint Metro Station platform between Citadel Avenue and Rockville Pike.

The tower would allow Washington Gas to more efficiently track emergencies. But it would also let two cellular carriers share the tower. That led to some skepticism from attendees of the meeting.

  • Mary Jane Smith

    Adding just a touch more microwaves into the air.

    Try reading about the recent research on radio frequency radiation. a classified carcinogen . do not forget- cell phones and cell towers emit the same waves. http://ehhi.org/cellphones/

    • hot toasty microwave

      Let’s hide ourselves in an underground bunker, without cell phones of course.

      • Mary Jane Smith

        Cancer is no joke. Brain cancer is the second leading cause of death in children. Studies are raising serious red flags and most researchers are concerned about long term risks. Speaking of cell phones- a 400 to 800 percent increased risk of brain cancer in adults who started using cell phones as teens in some studies.

    • Mary Jane Smith

      ” I invite those of you that have iPhones to go to

      settings/general/about/legal/RF regulatory. There you will find the only text on the

      iPhone that cannot be made bigger or copied, alerting those users who know how

      to find it that phones should be held at least 10 millimeters from the body. This

      advice can be found in fine print warnings with all smart phones today, but the

      public remains unaware of it.” want to hear more of this testimony by a toxicologist at a recent DC council hearing…. http://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TestimonyDCCityCouncilApril2013x.pdf

  • Mary Jane Smith

    Long-term exposure to microwave radiation provokes cancer growth: evidences from radars and mobile communication systems.

    Yakymenko I, Sidorik E, Kyrylenko S, Chekhun V.


    R.E. Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology of NAS of Ukraine, Vasylkivska str. 45, Kyiv 03022, Ukraine. yakymenko@btsau.net.ua


    In this review we discuss alarming epidemiological and experimental data on possible carcinogenic effects of long term exposure to low intensity microwave (MW) radiation. Recently, a number of reports revealed that under certain conditions the irradiation by low intensity MW can substantially induce cancer progression in humans and in animal models. The carcinogenic effect of MW irradiation is typically manifested after long term (up to 10 years and more) exposure. Nevertheless, even a year of operation of a powerful base transmitting station for mobile communication reportedly resulted in a dramatic increase of cancer incidence among population living nearby. In addition, model studies in rodents unveiled a significant increase in carcinogenesis after 17-24 months of MW exposure both in tumor-prone and intact animals. To that, such metabolic changes, as overproduction of reactive oxygen species, 8-hydroxi-2-deoxyguanosine formation, or ornithine decarboxylase activation under exposure to low intensity MW confirm a stress impact of this factor on living cells. We also address the issue of standards for assessment of biological effects of irradiation. It is now becoming increasingly evident that assessment of biological effects of non-ionizing radiation based on physical (thermal) approach used in recommendations of current regulatory bodies, including the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) Guidelines, requires urgent reevaluation. We conclude that recent data strongly point to the need for re-elaboration of the current safety limits for non-ionizing radiation using recently obtained knowledge. We also emphasize that the everyday exposure of both occupational and general public to MW radiation should be regulated based on a precautionary principles which imply maximum restriction of excessive exposure.

    PMID: 21716201 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

  • OTR

    Oh, hell no.


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