Lewis County Tennessee Commission Resolution for More Research on 5G Before Deployment – Environmental Health Trust


The Lewis County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on 5G in April 2022.  

RESOLUTION : Requesting our State & Federal Governments Conduct More Research on 5G Wireless Facilities to Determine if Such Technology is Safe for Humans Before Allowing More Deployment of 5G 

WHEREAS, according to the World Health Organization, there is limited research on the  frequencies used in 5G technology and its effect on humans; and  

WHEREAS, as the result of such limited research, several local residents have repeatedly  expressed to the Lewis County Board of Commissioners that they would like to see our state and  federal governments, specifically the Federal Communications Commission, conduct an in-depth  independent study to re-evaluate the health effects of 5G wireless technology on humans; 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the legislative body of Lewis County meeting in  regular session this 18th day of April, 2022, that we hereby request our state and federal  governments, and especially the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), conduct more  research on 5G Wireless Facilities to determine if such technology is safe for humans, before  allowing more deployment of 5G; 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that upon passage, a copy of this Resolution shall be mailed  to each of our elected state and federal representatives, including State Representative David  Byrd, State Senator Joey Hensley, U.S. Congressman Mark Green, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn, and U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty. 

We, the undersigned County Commissioners, move the adoption of the above resolution. 

Download RESOLUTION : Requesting our State & Federal Governments Conduct More Research on 5G Wireless Facilities to Determine if Such Technology is Safe for Humans Before Allowing More Deployment of 5G 

Lewis joins several other U.S. communities in taking action on the issue of 5G cell tower densification health and safety.

Hawai’i County, Easton Connecticut, Keene New Hampshire and Farragut Tennessee have passed resolutions to halt 5G. The Coconut Creek Florida Commission adopted a Resolution on 5G and radiofrequency radiation “imploring the US Congress to allocate funding and direct a cross discipline federal agency study of the effects caused by exposure to current and proposed electromagnetic spectrum and radiofrequency commissions on human health and the environment in light of the recent implementation of fifth generation technology and to use those findings to create science based laws or rules regarding limiting human and environmental exposure.”

Several cities are passing resolutions calling for local control of the placement of 5G and “small cell” towers as federal FCC and new state 5g streamlining laws have stripped their local authority. Greendale Wisconsin passed a Resolution R2018-20 referring to the FCC’s actions stripping local authority as “an  unprecedented attack on local control” which “threaten the Village of Greendale’s responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents.” Oak Brook Illinois’ Resolution 2020-ITGL-R-1891 and the City of Jersey City, New Jerseys  Resolution 20-362 both call for local control. The Hallandale Beach Florida Resolution urges the federal government to initiate independent health studies on 5G. The Carmel City, Indiana Council approved a resolution asking state lawmakers, the Federal Communications Commission and Congress to limit 5G technology deployment in Indiana until the health effects are fully understood.

The New Hampshire Commission to Study the Environmental and Health Effects of Evolving 5G Technology released its final report with 15 recommendations to reduce public exposure, increase transparency and strengthen federal regulations. The 5G Report recommends US federal agencies coordinate “to protect people, wildlife, and the environment from harmful levels of radiation” and states “until there is Federal action, New Hampshire should take the initiative to protect its environment.” The Commission recommendations include a public education campaign on reducing exposure, replacing Wi-Fi with wired (not wireless) networks in schools and independently funded health studies.  This year state lawmakers are studying a bill to create a 1640 foot setback to distance cell towers  from homes. In September 2022, a key subcommittee voted to move laws that address radio-frequency forward.