Abedi Quoted in PPH Piece About Cell Tower Emissions

Ali Abedi, University of Maine associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, was cited in a Portland Press Herald story about radio frequency emissions from a cell tower on the Deering High School roof that will be tested after a biology teacher reported fish in a room below the tower kept dying. Abedi said radio frequency waves barely penetrate water and do not damage DNA. He said they generate heat and that hypothetically an excessively high concentration of radio waves from a cell tower could cause a burn or excessive heat. “Maybe if (the fish) spent a lot of time on the surface,” Abedi was quoted as saying, adding that conclusions cannot be reached unless experiments on the fish are done in a controlled, scientific manner. “I really doubt this is the cause of the fish dying,” he was quoted in the article.