Can you please speak up for your community today? Send a message to your Montgomery County Council members today.

The Montgomery County Council is considering a bill that would cut crucial safeguards against 50 foot tall cell towers and allow them to be installed 30 feet from our homes with no notice to the public.

A key Council committee has decided to move this bill, Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-07, even though cell tower radiation safety standards were created 25 years ago, long before anyone thought these cell tower antennas could be installed next to bedroom windows. [1]

This huge giveaway to Big Wireless will also hurt local property values. All of this is occurring as ATT, Verizon, and T Mobile show no coverage gaps for 4G and 5g service. [2]

That's why we're counting on concerned Montgomery County residents like you to reach out to the Montgomery County Council to say NO on ZTA 19-07. We can do better!

We can't let the Council rush through this ordinance -- but we can stop it if Council members hear directly from voters.

Enter your address to send a message to your Montgomery County Council members today.


[1] The FCC in 2020 refused to reconsider its decades old radio frequency radiation standards, despite substantial new scientific evidence of the harm from this radiation. Some of the latest scientific studies were conducted by the NIH National Toxicology Program, and showed that continuous exposure to radiofrequency radiation in the cell phone range caused cancer in laboratory animals. The Environmental Health Trust has sued the FCC, arguing that the 2020 decision was arbitrary and capricious and violated the federal Administrative Procedure Act. (See EHT v. FCC). They were joined by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

[2] See https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html, https://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/coverage-map/, https://www.verizon.com/coverage-map/

Posted by adminMC4T in Action Alerts

SUMMARY OF ZTA: Montgomery County Council Poised to Vote on Radical ZTA 19-07
– IMPOSES CELL TOWERS NEAR HOMES – WITH NO MINIMUM SETBACKS!

Below is a summary of many major provisions of Zoning Text Amendment 19-07, as drastically revised by the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development (PHED) Committee in March, 2021.

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Below is the actual revised text of ZTA 19-07 as released by the Montgomery County PHED Committee.

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Contact Montgomery County Leaders
e-mail * phone * tweet

Council President Tom Hucker
Tom@TomHucker.com
240-777-7960
@CmHucker

Councilmember Andrew Friedson
Andrew.Friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7828
@Andrew_Friedson

Councilmember Evan Glass
Evan.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7966
@EvanMGlass

Councilmember Will Jawando
Will.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7811
@willjawando

Councilmember Sidney Katz
Sidney.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7906
@MC_Council_Katz

Councilmember Nancy Navarro
Nancy.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7968
@nancy_navarro

Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz (ZTA 19-07 co-sponsor)
Gabriel.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7959
@albornoz_gabe

Councilmember Craig Rice (ZTA 19-07 co-sponsor)
Craig.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7955
@RicePolitics

Councilmember Hans Riemer (ZTA 19-07 sponsor)
Hans.Riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7964
@hansriemer

Montgomery County Council
County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7900
@MoCoCouncilMD

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich
marc.elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-2500
@MontCoExec

Posted by adminMC4T in Action Alerts

Watch Now! Project WTF: Antenna & Cell Pole Litigation Underway

Let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot!!

Now is not the time for the County Council to pass “permissive” zoning legislation on behalf of the wireless industry while Montgomery County remains an active co-petitioner appealing FCC's 6409 Clarification Order (League of California Cities et.al., v. FCC - 9th Circuit USCA ) and while a lawsuit appealing radio frequency regulations (EHT et. al., v. FCC – USCA, DC Circuit) is still pending.

Both cases have potential to profoundly impact the regulations for siting and expansion of cell towers and allow greater resident protections.

Why are some members of the Council in such a hurry to help the wireless industry when important Court decisions are expected soon?

Please listen to this presentation, which includes audio and video excerpts of County leaders in 2020 urging caution to not hastily rush forward on ZTA 19-07 when previous litigation was pending.

ZTA 19-07 was re-introduced in February 2021― and other litigation is pending NOW, too!

The presentation also includes brief video and audio clips from the oral arguments before the Ninth Federal Circuit Court and the D.C. Federal District Court, to help residents understand the importance of this active litigation.

Process matters.

We must allow the Courts to issue decisions on these appeals before passing misguided zoning changes that prematurely cede resident protections to wireless corporations!

Write and call your Council members today.

Tell them to stop ZTA 19-07!

The following links are referenced in the presentation:

  • As the County telecom attorneys BB&K have explained, through this 2nd Order on RF Standards, the FCC makes no changes to RF emissions limits it established principally in the 1990s.
  • Press coverage reported: Two Obama-appointed judges suggested FCC review inadequate
    And legal analysts expect that the Court will likely vacate and remand the 2nd Order on RF Standards.
  • BB&K advised that, as adopted, [the 6406 Clarification Order] has the potential to undermine communities’ enforcement of aesthetic standards, including concealment, applicable to wireless facilities, including small cells in the public rights-of-way.

Contact Montgomery County Leaders
e-mail * phone * tweet

Council President Tom Hucker
Tom@TomHucker.com
240-777-7960
@CmHucker

Councilmember Andrew Friedson
Andrew.Friedson@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7828
@Andrew_Friedson

Councilmember Evan Glass
Evan.Glass@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7966
@EvanMGlass

Councilmember Will Jawando
Will.Jawando@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7811
@willjawando

Councilmember Sidney Katz
Sidney.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7906
@MC_Council_Katz

Councilmember Nancy Navarro
Nancy.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7968
@nancy_navarro

Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz (ZTA 19-07 co-sponsor)
Gabriel.Albornoz@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7959
@albornoz_gabe

Councilmember Craig Rice (ZTA 19-07 co-sponsor)
Craig.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7955
@RicePolitics

Councilmember Hans Riemer (ZTA 19-07 sponsor)
Hans.Riemer@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7964
@hansriemer

Montgomery County Council
County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-7900
@MoCoCouncilMD

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich
marc.elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
240-777-2500
@MontCoExec

Project WTF Litigation Video

Posted by adminMC4T in Action Alerts, presentations, Project WTF