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Cinnaminson Residents Express Concern Over Possible Antenna in Moorestown

The proposal goes before the Moorestown Zoning Board next Monday.

An auxiliary antenna CBS Radio intends to install along the border between Cinnaminson and Moorestown drew the ire of Cinnaminson residents Monday night, but the fate of the project is ultimately up to officials in Moorestown.

Representatives from CBS Radio appeared before the Cinnaminson Township Committee to discuss an auxiliary antenna the company is proposing to put up at 1267 North Church Street in Moorestown. The antenna would technically be located in an industrial area in Moorestown, but it would be up against a residential area in Cinnaminson.

Because it would be located in Moorestown, the company would need approval for a use variance from that municipality. It will make a presentation before the Moorestown Zoning Board on Monday night, Feb. 18.

The group appeared before the Cinnaminson Township Committee this week at the request of Cinnaminson Mayor Anthony Minniti.

Company representatives explained that the auxiliary antenna would serve as a backup for an existing radio tower, to be activated only when the original tower wasn’t in service. They also said it was not their intention to build another radio tower in that spot. The use variance they are applying for through Moorestown would only permit the construction of the antenna. Any further changes would require another application in Moorestown.

The antenna would be smaller than the radio tower, and would need to use more energy than the existing tower. CBS representatives promised the antenna would not reach the same coverage area the existing tower serves, but residents were concerned with the impact adding the tower would have.

Residents who showed up at Monday’s meeting expressed concern that the current tower gives off too much radiation as it is. Residents claim radiation given off by the tower, which predates the homes in the area, has caused Cancer among some residents in the area. They asked representatives if they would be willing to conduct testing in the area, to which they were told the company was not required to conduct testing.

Representatives did assure residents the antenna met standards set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and that they would have to stand within 12 feet of the antenna for any harm to be done. Homes are well outside the 12-foot range, the representatives said.

“We were not satisfied by their presentation,” said Stephen Johnston, a 10-year resident of Concord Drive.

He and his wife, Kathleen, were among the residents who pointed to years of complaints about the radio tower that have gone unanswered.

“We’ve had a lot of people in our area that have died of Cancer that had no history of Cancer in the family,” Kathleen Johnston said.

“We will work with the families to see what we can do for them,” said Joanne Calabria, a spokeswoman for CBS, adding “I don’t think there are any signs that there is a health issue.”

Another information session will be held on the issue on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at The Venue at Lenola in Moorestown, 7 p.m.

Anyone with further questions about the antenna or the existing tower can also direct questions to WPHTSupport@cbsradio.com. A representative will respond to emails in a timely manner, according to CBS representatives.

Voice of Reason February 11, 2014 at 07:05 AM
Not sure what the health concern is? Radiation, and enough to cause cancer. If this were so, why build those homes in the first place?
Dan Reynolds February 11, 2014 at 08:35 AM
http://www.nj.gov/dep/rpp/nrs/ and http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/radio-frequency-safety Re Heath Effects I'm quite sure any tower updates would follow the heath and safety rules on record at this time. Still the effects could be unknown in terms of FCC type B/C devices (Stuff you own in your house). Some people won't accept any argument or facts supporting the safety of the tower. Some folks claim that they get poisoned by EMF from the wires in their house and refuse to use WiFi. (not saying this is the case, but plenty of people believe this..)
John February 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Wow Pundit, I did not know there was a hazardous waste site behind Wal Mart, It was an open field before they built Sams and Wal Mart....Who knows what lurks behind hidden lots...I guess the 2 torn down gas stations are a problem area too maybe thats why the slabs are still there....U got to love it....
Lynne Lihotz February 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM
The property is zoned Specially Restricted Industrial District (SRI). The Moorestown ordinance states, "The SRI District is intended to encourage only those types of uses which would not constitute a hazard or a nuisance to the residents of adjacent areas and which would contribute to the continuation of appropriate development within and adjacent to the district." [180-68 Intent; https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/city/nj/Moorestown.html#10348174 ] Because there is no conclusive evidence regarding hazard, they cannot decide based on this. People have be debating electromagnetic radiation's potential since the 60's or before; it is similar to the tobacco debate, which took years for the industry to admit there are safety concerns. Since the new tower would not be grandfathered and because it will be FM rather than AM (which is more intrusive), we may have a better argument for it being a nuisance. I have a feeling that they are saying it will only be used as a backup, but what they mean is they will turn off the AM and go to FM full time. This will only cause more problems.
agent itchy February 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM
1) Pundit is correct: There is a Region 2 Superfund Site in Cinnaminson: http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/cinnaminson/ 2) Regarding gas stations; NJDEP has a BUST (Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks) program which could be of use to the gas stations if their tanks require removal. 3) There are roughly 13 antenna towers in Roxborough, PA and you can see them from the Branch Pile/Rt 130 intersection. There doesn't appear to be any health effects to the people of Roxborough. Let CBS erect their antenna. The NIMBY's need to get over themselves.
Voice of Reason February 11, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Pundit, I don't know what you have against my inquiry into what is potentially happening with the antenna installation. I can assure you, however that my post was just that, and inquiry. Also, I think you have me confused with someone else because I have only posted comments a half a dozen times or so and they have all used the same name.
Voice of Reason February 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Oh, and yes I have heard of Love Canal. Since we are having Cancer issues in that section of town, I do think we should probably be looking at the electric wires that also run pretty close to that area.
Lynne Lihotz February 11, 2014 at 02:47 PM
It's not just the health issues, which are pertinent but difficult to prove--it is the intrusion of the signal into our home phones, pipes, and other electronics that is a major pain. FM is even more intrusive than AM. This new tower is not grandfathered and the ordinance as written does not permit any more radio broadcast towers. They wrote it that way for a reason: ask any professional, transmission towers have no place in residential areas.
Lynne Lihotz February 11, 2014 at 03:10 PM
BTW, the Superfund site was caused by a company called Hoeganaes Corp, which is at the end of Taylor's Lane near the RR tracks. When I was a kid, I played softball on some of their land they donated for PAL use next to the plant. No doubt, we were running around on poison dirt.
agent itchy February 11, 2014 at 03:39 PM
read the listing. it's not Hoeganaes. Pundit was correct. It the old Mt Trashmore site behind WalMart. stop guessing and research a little first. this took me about two minutes to find. http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/cinnaminson/ 2)
Hugh J. Hall February 11, 2014 at 09:23 PM
http://ofmpub.epa.gov/apex/cimc/f?p=100:41:::::P41_GEOSEARCH:39.9999%20-74.991489

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