Greenwich’s state legislators voted for a bill that would forbid cell towers from being sited near schools.

“This cell tower language properly prioritizes the safety of children, students and adults who work in schools and child care centers when siting cell towers in the vicinity of these venues,” said Rep. Livvy Floren (R-149).

The vote came last week on a bill prohibiting cell towers to be constructed within 250 feet of a school or commercial day care center unless the Siting Council finds there are no economically feasible alternatives within the municipality.

Rep. Lile Gibbons (R-150) said the bill is a step in the right direction. She commended the requirement that the Siting Council “acknowledge the proximity of these buildings as well as safety standards, neighborhood concerns and the latest technologies in rendering its decision.”

Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151), who sits on the Environment Committee, introduced an amendment to specifically mention “child care centers” in the bill. “I am pleased to see our government being proactive with health and safety concerns about placing cell towers near schools or day cares,” said Camillo. “It should not take a scientific report telling the negative impact of exposing children to these waves for multiple hours each day.”

The state House of Representatives passed the bill 128-10. The bill now heads to the state Senate.

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