Our office has been asked about emissions from NBN Towers. The information provided is that the development of any towers must not result in human exposure to environmental electromagnetic emissions exceeding the current regulations of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) www.arpansa.gov.au

Written certification must be provided to demonstrate compliance with this condition and assumes a maximum number of users over the lifetime of any pole; full power usage and a maximum down tilt of antennae.

In assessments of development applications, service providers must provide a summary of the maximum cumulative radio frequency (RF) and electromagnetic energy (EME) levels at ground level emitted from the proposed tower assuming full power usage. The summaries typically indicate the proposed towers will emit a maximum EME level from the tower, which is 0.9% of the ARPANSA’s regulated acceptable maximum radiation public exposure limits.