Feb 15- The Pittsfield Board of Health was “coerced in an improper manner” into dropping an April 2022 emergency order against the Verizon Wireless, owner of the tower at 877 South St.
The emergency order found that the radiofrequency radiation from the cell tower was making residents sick. At least 17 residents have reported suffering from ailments such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, skin rashes, palpitations and tinnitus and other problems since the tower started operating in August 2020. The emergency order, issued on April 11, 2022, gave Verizon a week to show cause to the board why it shouldn’t issue a cease-and-desist order, a deadline Verizon missed.
Sbarra also writes that the association agrees with the local board’s initial order, which found evidence that the health complaints of residents living by the tower were connected to radiofrequency radiation from the tower, was based on credible scientific evidence.
Pittsfield cell tower opponents have found an ally in the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards