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Safe and Sensible Cell Towers
This site is maintained by a group of concerned Rancho Mission Viejo residents that want to ensure any new cell towers installed on The Ranch are sited a safe distance away from existing or planned homes and schools.
While we acknowledge the need for adequate cell coverage for RMV residents, the number of towers should not be excessive (i.e., more than the minimum number needed for appropriate coverage). This group questions whether seven towers are needed to cover Esencia. In all cases, towers should be placed a safe distance from our families.
Outdated FCC guidelines focus only on thermal heating risks from radio frequencies (RF) but dozens of more recent studies, and collections of scientists and countries around the world, recognize the potential health risks of living too close to a cell tower (often defined as closer than 300-400 meters). Additionally, we are concerned about the potential use of new and controversial 5G technology on these towers.
We are fortunate to live in a community with ample open space around us and we implore the Rancho Mission Viejo Corporation (as Master Developer) and RMV Telecom and Verizon (as the telecom installers) to move the proposed towers farther away from existing homes and schools.