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Neighbors on Cerro de la Nevería Complain about Antenna Installation
El Sol de Mazatlán
August 22, 2014
A group of American expats residing in Mazatlán have shown their disagreement with work that began a month ago to prepare a nearby parcel of land where they live, on Cerro de la Nevería, this to install another antenna at that point.
They noted that apparently the land was being cleared as it had been sold to build a house, but neighbors noticed movement with personnel from a telecommunications company to build an antenna and the consent of neighbors for this had not been obtained.
They added that they live under uncertainty because they have references that due to the radiation that these antennas emit, people die suffering various cancers; as a matter of fact, on Morelos and Zaragoza streets in this area there are reports that in recent years an important number of people have died of cancer.
Oscar Díaz Acosta, who lives on the mountain and who spoke with the Americans, said another factor that plays a role is that with so many antennas in the area the properties' value on the market is reduced.
He added that they live in a residential area and at least 30 antennas are being installed; as such they have proceeded to take legal action to stop the construction of further antennas and to relocate those already in place. For this they have solicited the presence of mayor Carlos Felton and regulators to take sides on the matter.
"They are fearful because of the rumors that have appeared of the possible diseases, like cancer, that the radiation from these antennas can cause; for this we want them removed from where they are, because the homes came first and then the antennas," he added.
Against the insistence of the group of foreigners, the municipal authority, in company with government officials and regulators, arrived at the place to conduct a site visit of the land and listen to the concerns of the neighbors.
Mayor Carlos Felton González said that the municipality must attend to every type of petition, and as such they cannot dismiss a petition made by an individual to install an antenna, but the municipality can commission a land study to see if the use is appropriate.
However, he also noted that one of the legal requisites is that families within an area of a radius of double the height of an antenna must approve its installation in a notarized manner.
"If the party that wants to install this equipment does not comply with the requirements the municipality will not award the permit, but if they do comply with our demands the antenna can be installed," he emphasized.
In relation to the petition made by neighbors to reinstall the other antennas at another location in the city, the councilman noted that that is a separate issue and that surely those who already had built towers on the site in the past would go to a delayed injunction/amparo.
For his part, the director of Planning, Urban Development and Infrastructure, David Escobar Reynoso, said that the permit for the colocation of another antenna at the site is in the application process under the direction of the Secretary of Governance.
He clarified that it's still not a done deal, as it is still in the project phase, as no permit has yet been awarded and there's no timeline to build it, as they have to meet the guidelines and solicit the authorization currently pending because currently they only have the terrain.
"It's an antenna similar to those already in place, for digital television transmissions of channels normally seen on cable; it's a project of the Secretary of Governance nationally", he added. [This station is probably the unbuilt XHOPMS-TDT-41, another SPR multiplex station. Prior to the telecom reform OPMA was under the Secretary of Governance, which is also translated into English as the Secretary of the Interior. -RH]
He commented that, to put an antenna in the city, consent is not required, and the required distance between residences and a tower is much lower.
"It hasn't been demonstrated that this would cause damages, and it's not specifically regulated, as the law doesn't indicate it and I don't know if it would be damaging or not—I'm not a specialist," he noted.
He added that the antenna proposed for installation would be similar to those installed, at a height of 78 meters, and it would not affect neighbors due to its height.