- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Plans to create an emergency communications system connecting every police officer and firefighter in Los Angeles County are stalling amid concerns the giant cell towers needed to make it work could emit dangerous radiation.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/19hys1v ) reports the LA County firefighters’ union and others have expressed concerns about the safety of placing the towers at neighborhood fire stations.

Construction of one tower has been halted until concerns are addressed.

County officials say radiation emitted would be no greater than that given off by cordless phones.

Meanwhile, 12 of the county’s 88 cities have dropped out of the program.

If most of the program’s first phase isn’t completed by September the county may have to return some of the $154 million in federal grants issued to create it.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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