NBN opponents submit to blood tests in an Oz first
IN AN Australian first, 12 residents close to a proposed 30m NBN tower in Clothiers Creek have had base level blood tests taken.
The tests have been submitted to NBN Co and the landowner who agreed to have the tower on his property, in what opponents hope will kill off the plan in its current proposed location.
Friends of Condong Ridge spokesperson Josh Broom said the group had replicated communities in the UK who successfully fought off towers through a lawyer, arguing that if there are changes to their blood counts NBN Co would be liable.
"A range of international studies have linked this radiation to significantly increased health risks including cancer, in particular leukaemia."
He said the community feared children would be harmed by the radio frequencies from the tower.
"There have been no long-term studies on the effects of emissions from towers on children," he said.
"Seven young children, including two babies, live within 500 metres of the proposed tower.
"Their safety, given their developing skull bone structure, cannot be guaranteed."
China, Russia, Switzerland and Italy have emission standards 100 times more restrictive than Australia.
NBN and the landowner are both required to take out public liability insurance policies for $20 million and $10 million respectively.