Don’t wait to reduce your exposure to wireless


Published: 10/5/2019 8:11:28 AM

I moved to Hawley for the pristine air quality and environment. Unfortunately, a network of microwave towers emitting wireless radiation is being installed which will negatively impact human health as well as animals, insects and plants. I appealed to the Hawley Selectboard in November 2018 regarding these impacts and informing them of Americans with Disabilities Act rulings that protect people like myself suffering from microwave sickness, aka “electro-sensitivity.”

There are safer ways to connect to the internet than wireless. For example, fiber-optic cable to the home and ethernet cable from your router to your computer or device. More and more research links damage from microwave radiation to cells of humans, insects, bees and all living cells from wireless exposure. Do you ever wonder why Alzheimer’s and learning disabilities are increasing so dramatically? Independent research is available from national groups like,, and local ones like and

Hawley officials used other sources for assessing risk. Perhaps they were assured by their vendor Wi-Valley and another financial partner, Fred Goldstein of Interisle Consulting who provided the document “Some Questions and Answers about Wireless Safety” available on the town website. Perhaps they were comforted by the FCC’s “safety limits.” The FCC has been described as a “captured agency” by a Harvard Ethics report.

Do you remember the lies that cigarette, asbestos and lead companies told us?

In the 1980s, when the federal government wanted to install one microwave tower in one location in Hawley, citizen action stopped the project.

My letter to Hawley’s Selectboard explained my symptoms, with verification of medical professionals, about the diagnosis of electro-sensitivity. I asked for reasonable modifications, as specified under the ADA, to the system to reduce microwave exposure around my home by connecting the towers on either side of the property rather than having them continually emitting wireless radiation back and forth.

If you live in Hawley, Monroe, Florida, or Savoy and are signing up for Wi-Valley, there are at least two things you can do to reduce health impacts:

Connect to the router with Ethernet cable or at least turn the wi-fi off when not in use (for example when you are sleeping when the body is trying to repair the damage done during the day). Be sure the wi-fi is turned off on the router and on your computer, which sends a search signal even if there is no network available. If the Wi-Valley routers do not come with a convenient wi-fi “on/off switch”, you may be able to replace Wi-Valley’s router with another model or change the settings manually.

Request that Wi-Valley mount their antenna on a pole or outbuilding away from your home so that the microwave radiation coming from their tower is not pointing directly at your residence. Wi-Valley’s president Brian Foucher offered this possibility in response to my concerns about the project, so don’t let them tell you it’s not an option or “not really needed because the levels are so low.” Some biological effects are being found to be more pronounced at lower levels (see Signal modulation and duration of exposure are being found to be as, or more important, than signal strength in terms of negative biological effects.

Lastly, I would like to offer a correction to the document “Some Q & A about Wireless Internet Safety.” “RF energy” is “defined” as “a form of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation . . . Non-cancer-causing”. This is ironic given the National Toxicology Program’s $25 million study which found “clear evidence” that non-ionizing microwave radiation causes cancer, echoing the results of independent research going back decades.

We go to great lengths to limit children’s exposure to tobacco, asbestos and lead. Why replace these with another environmental pollutant that scientists around the world are once again asking governments to regulate appropriately? Particularly when thousands of low-altitude wi-fi satellites are being deployed precisely to irradiate “underserved” communities like Hawley.

Here is a brief excerpt of my letter to the Hawley Selectboard: “As you know, I suffer from a condition called electromagnetic hyper-sensitivity (EHS) or more aptly “microwave sickness” (medical diagnosis enclosed along with peer-reviewed scientific studies) . . . I wanted to let you know that your plan to install microwave (wi-fi) towers in Hawley in proximity to my home is going to affect my hard-won ability to live and work without being injured from microwave exposure. Workplace accommodation of sufferers from EHS is now included under the ADA. It is estimated that 25 – 35% of the U.S. population is suffering from early stage symptoms like poor sleep, headaches, and attention/behavior issues in children. However, there is also a relevant section that applies to plans made by towns. Part 35 of the Title II regulations “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services”

The whole letter is available at:

Mary Shaffer is a resident of Hawley.


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