LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, on Wednesday applauded an executive directive that increased the activity in both monitoring and responding to “PFAS” (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination, but questioned why the state continues to ignore the adverse health impacts associated with wireless radiation.
“Last November I commended the initial creation of the PFAS response team when the state showed it wanted to take a leadership role on this important public health concern,” said Colbeck. “I’m glad to see DHHS taking on a lead role. As serious as PFAS hazards are to the health of our citizens, wireless radiation hazards impact significantly more Michigan residents.
“Wireless radiation hazards take many forms from Wi-Fi routers, smart meters, cell towers and 5G ‘small cells.’ While the benefits of this technology are significant, so are the risks. To date, the state of Michigan has been silent on the risks while promoting policies that secure unfettered deployment of wireless radiation hazards throughout our state by the telecommunications industry.”
Colbeck, an aerospace engineer who designed cabling systems aboard the International Space Station, recently shared a wireless radiation policy guidance brief with state and national policy makers to encourage a balanced discussion of benefits and risks. The policy brief is available on Colbeck’s website. The brief includes references to studies citing significant adverse health impacts due to wireless radiation, such as cancer.
Colbeck said that this week’s hearing in Lansing on 5G small cell permit changes is another example of government not balancing a consideration of the risks with the benefits of wireless technology.
“In light of the adverse health impacts associated with wireless radiation, we need to provide local units of government flexibility to provide safe havens for citizens subject to these impacts,” said Colbeck. “I applaud the state’s efforts on PFAS, but both the Legislature and the governor need to be willing to take similar steps on cumulative public wireless radiation exposure as well. Under our constitution, it is not just an option, it is a primary duty.”