Protesters call 5G 'dangerous' as installations continue in Eugene

Protestors say they're extremely nervous at the number of 5G cell units they see popping up all over the city of Eugene.

Posted: Apr. 19, 2019 6:31 PM
Updated: Apr. 20, 2019 10:31 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Protestors gathered in front of South Eugene High School on Friday to speak out against the installation of more 5G cell units in Eugene. 

Protestors said they're extremely nervous at the number of 5G cell units they see popping up all over the city of Eugene. They said they are mostly scared for children and the future generations

"This is really dangerous. This is driving off a cliff," said Victor Odlivak, a member of Families for Safe Meters. "It's deadly. It's dangerous if you're 4 feet, 40 feet or 400 hundred feet. It is deadly."

The protesters believe the radiation produced by the towers is an extreme threat to our health, going as far as to claim that 5G is a military-grade weapon

The protestors' claims are not backed up by mainstream science. The Federal Communications Commission said cell phone towers are perfectly safe and the radiation levels they emit are thousands of times lower than what would be considered dangerous.

KEZI 9 News also spoke with a city official who said the owners of the tower followed all necessary laws.

"When a cell company looks to install a small-cell facility, we have sets of guidelines and regulations that they must meet and only after they meet those are they allowed to place the tower," said Brian Richardson with the City of Eugene. 

Under federal law the city cannot deny a cell-phone tower based on radiation frequency health concerns.

The location of all 5G towers can be found on the City of Eugene's website.

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