Cellular Phone Towers – The emission of radiation from cellular phone base station antennas are regulated in Arizona under Arizona Administrative Code; Title 12, Chapter 1; Article 14 The Control of Nonionizing Radiation. ARRA does not regulate radiation from portable cellular phones (vehicle mounted or hand held). States and Local Governments are precluded from regulating antenna location siting by the Federal Communications Act of 2000.
Cellular phone antennas mounted on free standing towers etc., typically result in ground level radiation fields well below limits specified in Article 14. Based on current research findings, the Agency does not expect that any adverse health effects would result from exposure to radiation levels under these conditions.
Within a few feet from the actual antennas, radiation levels can exceed Article 14 limits. If an antenna were mounted on a freestanding tower, levels in excess of standards may be encountered by maintenance workers. It is suggested that roof-mounted antennas, which may be accessible to building maintenance workers or the general public, have some access restriction and/or conspicuously placed RF radiation warning signs. On average, one must be approximately 5 feet from the antennas before encountering radiation levels which could exceed Article 14 limits.
For more information on this topic, please visit the following Internet areas:
FCC Information on Human Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields from cellular and PCS Radio Transmitters.
Cellular Phones and Pacemakers or Defibrillators