25th December 2008
Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year!
Dr. Hans Wijesuriya
Dear Dr. Wijesuriya,
We are concerned that your company has started constructing a mobile phone transmission antenna at 94/3 Elie House Road, Mutuwal, Modera, Colombo 15 in the midst of our houses in this dense residential area.
All of us who sign below have many concerns with regard to the possible impact of this intrusion on our lives and those of our loved ones – our children , the elderly and the sick, our neighbours and the environment, which we believe cannot be simply allayed by the standard statement that there is no conclusive evidence to prove that the antenna would cause any significant hazard to our health or environment.
The Report of the Bio-initiative Working Group, August 2007, pithily sums up the situation when it states that “often the industry view of allowable risk and proof of harm is most influential, rather than what public health experts would determine is acceptable” (ibid:5) . (For the full report, pl. see http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/docs/section_1.pdf )
We wish to request you to exercise your good sense as a citizen willing to act responsibly, towards the concerns of the community and, for the corporate responsibility, by stopping the construction in the midst of our neighbourhood.
Thank you very much.
Elie house Road Residents.
(For now, this appeal has been signed by members of the families in the immediate vicinity of the site where the construction of Dialog Antenna has started.)