Chile Prohibits Wireless Antennas in "Sensitive Areas" Due to Health Risks from Radiation
On April 16th, 2007, a new bill for the regulation of the installation of communications antennas was filed for discussion before the Chilean Congress. At that time, the main concerns of the congressmen who supported this regulatory initiative were as follows:
1) The impact of the communications antennas and towers on those urban areas in which they were installed and the level of general objection from the local population;
2) The perceived necessity to protect the population from the possible harmful effects on health caused by the electromagnetic waves emitted by the antennas.
After five years of deliberation in the Chilean Congress, the Antenna Law was implemented on June 11th, 2012. This law prohibits the installation and operation of wireless antennas used for telecommunications services in "...urban zones that have been declared by Subtel as ‘saturated with telecommunications radiant systems', defined as those zones where the power density of the antennas installed exceeds the limits determined by the technical regulation issued by Subtel." (Subtel is Chile's telecoms regulator which operates under the country's transport and telecommunications ministry. Its mission is to propose national policies on telecommunications issues, direct and supervise policy implementation, and monitor public and private companies. It also enforces telecoms legislation, rules and regulations.)
The Antenna Law also forbids the installation of antenna towers within 50 meters of "sensitive areas" which include: educational institutions, nurseries, kindergartens, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes or other establishments of similar nature, declared as such by Subtel, and urban territories where pylons (towers used for carrying power lines high above the ground) are located.
Learn more about Chile's 2012 Antenna Law here.