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Cordoba’s environmental secretary withdrew provisional plans close down TDA antennas for 60 days just hours before a judge ruled against the measure.
The antennas were due to be removed from service due to environmental concerns. The Federal Authority of Audiovisual Communication Services (Afsca) confirmed that federal judge Sánchez Freytes had found that the antennas do not present any “actual, imminent, or grave environmental risks”, nor are they damaging to public health. Judge Freytes added that there was no need to halt Afsca’s projects in the area and that television transmissions should proceed without interruption.
In reference to fears over the levels of non ionizing radiation, a report by the National Communications Commission (CNC) revealed that they are far below standard industrial norms. According to Afsca’s director Martín Sabatella, the provincial government’s move to reverse their decision was based on the fact that “they realised that would not be able to defend their acts of censure”. It has been suggested that the conflict between the central government and the provincial government of Córdoba is more of a political nature than an environmental one. According to the administration of governor José Manuel De la Sota, Afsca had admitted to “irregularities in the installation of TDA antennas in the province of Cordoba”.
As of now, aerials in Villa María, Leones, Malagueño and Villa Dolores will reinitiate transmissions of TDA signals.