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Cell phone towers worry parents

April 2, 2009 9:15:58 PM PDT
Dozens of worried and angry parents are protesting a cluster of cell phone towers built on top of and near an elementary school. They claim the towers are a danger to students. Their fear is that the towers may be sending low-level radiation into classrooms at the Staten Island school.

Some officials are also asking the Federal Communications Commission to scrutinize cell phone towers.

State Assemblyman Lou Tobacco and City Councilman Vincent Ignizio said they filed a complaint with the FCC Thursday about their concerns regarding Our Lady Star of the Sea. They hope the agency will order the towers moved.

The FCC didn't immediately return a telephone call Thursday evening.

Studies indicate radiation detected in the school came from a nearby strip mall. The radiation levels were deemed safe under federal standards, and the mall's owner says the antennas have permits.

But as a precaution, Monsignor Jeff Conway has ordered metal window screens.


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