Aquarion needs to do right thing on cell tower plans

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

As a resident who lives near the Aquarion Water facility on Valley Road, I am appalled that Aquarion has granted AT&T permission to build a cell tower.

Town residents are adamantly opposed to this, as evidenced by a petition signed by hundreds (who are also their customers) and a neighborhood-sponsored lawsuit against it. More importantly, the town, which granted Aquarion a monopoly position as its water supplier so long as it exclusively used this land for water supply purposes, has shown its displeasure by joining the lawsuit to stop the tower with the RTM’s sweeping 150-33 vote in favor of the lawsuit and subsequent 3-0 vote by the Board of Selectmen.

But instead of backing down after the suit, Aquarion insisted on moving forward. This is costing Greenwich residents. The town and the neighborhood have each been forced to spend lots of money on the ongoing lawsuits and, incredulously, Aquarion is using the money it collects from Greenwich residents including me and my neighbors to fund their counter lawsuit to allow the tower. Now Aquarion is forcing all of these expenses on Greenwich residents as it just recently proposed to increase their rates by nearly 17% over the next three years.

Aquarion’s plan to allow a cell tower in very close proximity to the Greenwich water supply and hundreds of Greenwich homes has terrified me and my entire neighborhood. There are credible international studies showing extremely negative long-term health effects from cell towers this close to homes, including significantly increased rates of cancer.

To put it mildly, exposing a neighborhood full of young children, including my own, to a steady bombardment of radiation from close range makes a complete mockery of Aquarion’s expensive advertising campaign claiming to be “stewards of the environment.”

Aquarion still has a chance to redeem its environmental image and save Greenwich residents money by saying no to the cell tower. Or they can continue to spend the money of Greenwich water users on advertisements projecting a clean environmental image as a cover-up while they continue their assault on the environment and us, their customers.

Do the right thing, Aquarion.


Robert Luzzi

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