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Greenwich Delegation Pleased With Cell Tower Vote

Greenwich's state legislators praised the unanimous support of the state Senate in passing a bill Wednesday that would forbid cell towers from being sited near schools.

"Through this legislation, the state of Connecticut will properly prioritize the safety of children, students and adults who work in schools and child care centers when siting cell towers in the vicinity of these venues," said Rep. Livvy Floren, R-149th District.

The bill, "An Act Concerning the Siting Council," would forbid towers from being located within 250 feet of a school or commercial day care center unless the State Siting Council finds there are no economically feasible alternative sites within a town.

Rep. Fred Camillo, R-151st District, sits on the Environment Committee and introduced the amendment to specifically mention "child care centers" in addition to schools in the bill. "Connecticut will lead the way in planning and development by considering health and safety concerns when placing cell towers near schools or day cares," said Camillo. "It should not take a scientific report telling the negative impact of exposing children to these waves for multiple hours each day."

The state House of Representatives passed the bill, 128-10, last week. The state Senate passed the bill Wednesday night with the support of all 36 members. It had been sponsored for three consecutive years by the Greenwich delegation and now will head to Gov. Dannel Malloy for his signature.

Rep. Lile Gibbons, R-150th District, said, "The latest transmission technologies, safety standards, neighborhood concerns, including the proximity of schools and child care centers, should be the top factors for our communities and the Siting Council when determining where to put cell towers. I am pleased to see the passage of this bill."

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