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Microwaving National Treasures: Grand Tetons Considers The Largest Cell Tower Expansion in History

By B.N. Frank

The Grand Tetons is now considering the largest cell tower expansion in national park history and they are requesting public input.

There is no doubt that cell phones have saved lives in emergency situations.  However, installing cell towers in national parks needs to be carefully considered.  After all, The National Park Service’s own statement reads “by caring for the parks and conveying the park ethic, we care for ourselves and act on behalf of the future. The larger purpose of this mission is to build a citizenry that is committed to conserving its heritage and its home on earth.”

Besides the fact that cell towers can and do collapse and catch fire, the radiation emitted from them is harmful.  Since 2004, The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has opposed the use of their stations for cell towers and antennas due to of health risks from prolonged involuntary radiation exposure.  Scientific research has already proven exposure isn’t good for Bambi, Thumper, and the rest of the wildlife gang either.

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