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Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy
Martin Pall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences, Washington State University
Jim Turner, Esq., Partner, Swankin & Turner
Duncan Campbell, Esq., Radio Host, “Living Dialogues”
The report “Re-Inventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks” can be found here. It explains that we do not have to be dependent on wireless to meet our needs.
The Author is Timothy Schoechle, PhD is a communications technology expert, international consultant in computer engineering and standardization, former faculty member of the University of Colorado, College of Engineering and Applied Science and Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP).
The Publisher is the National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy (NISLAPP) under the direction of Camilla Rees, MBA. NISLAPP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to reconcile legal and scientific concerns in the formulation of intelligent, safe and sensible public policy.
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World’s Largest Animal Study on Cell Tower Radiation Confirms Cancer Link
Scientists call on the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer to re-evaluate the carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation after the Ramazzini Institute and US government studies report finding the same unusual cancers.
The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposures. Read the whole article here.
The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent
After a meeting with scientists from around the world, the World Health Organization announced this morning that it has now categorized cell phone radiation as a “carcinogenic hazard.” This is a label that the WHO has also placed on lead, engine exhaust, and chloroform. …
The objective of this paper is to review the existing studies of people living or working near cellular infrastructure and other pertinent studies that could apply to long-term, low-level radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposures. Read the whole article here.
We are a nation grown numb to the seemingly endless fine print that accompanies our purchases. But every now and then a product is sold with a warning that should command attention. Consider the little-noticed bit of legalese that comes in the safety manual for Apple’s iPhone 4… Read the whole article here.
Cordless phones, which transmit a similar pulsed signal as Wi-Fi networks at 2.4 Gigahertz, have been shown to impact heart rate in new research published today in the European Journal of Oncology. Read more here.
The Federal Communications Commission has changed its guidance to cellphone users worried about the health effects of wireless devices, dropping a long-standing recommendation that concerned consumers purchase phones with lower levels of radiation emissions. Read the whole article here.
If anyone would be receptive to the idea that cell phone radiation might play a role in cancer, it would be Dr. Devra Davis. The epidemiologist and toxicologist is an expert in environmental health, and she’s made a career out of the idea that cancer often has more to do with what’s happening to us than what’s going on inside our genes. Read the whole article here.
OTTAWA — A British scientist and former naval weapons expert has waded into the debate over the safety of wireless networks in Canadian schools, warning generations could face genetic disorders because of prolonged exposure to low-level microwaves. Read the whole article here.
There’s an old saying that a camel is a horse designed by a committee. Welcome to Interphone. The good news is that the Interphone paper has finally been made public after a four-year stalemate within the 13-country research team. Read the whole article here.
We love our digital gadgets — “magic” devices that define cool and promise to remake our lives for the better. But there is growing evidence of a dark side to the techno-magic. Your cellphone, and any other wireless device that depends on electromagnetic (EM) microwave radiation to function, may be hazardous to your health… Read the whole article here.
Article by Christopher Ketcham, Photo by Tom Schierlitz
Ever worry that that gadget you spend hours holding next to your head might be damaging your brain? Well, the evidence is starting to pour in, and it’s not pretty. So why isn’t anyone in America doing anything about it?… Read the whole article here.
In 1990, the city of La Quinta, CA, proudly opened the doors of its sparkling new middle school. Gayle Cohen, then a sixth-grade teacher, recalls the sense of excitement everyone felt: “We had been in temporary facilities for 2 years, and the change was exhilarating.” But the glow soon dimmed… read the whole article here.
Sunday, January 17 1:30 PM
San Francisco Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street
Sponsors: City and County of San Francisco’s Environment Department, the Main Library Stegner Environmental Center, California Endowment, International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety, Environmental Health Trust, Teens Turning Green, California Brain Tumor Association, Healthy 880 Communities – San Leandro, San Leandro High School Social Justice Academy, and Environmental Working Group
Are cell phones safe? Why do some nations advise that children not use cell phones? Growing numbers of scientific reports find that heavy users of cell phones face increased risks of brain tumors, reduced sperm count and other serious health problems. Read more here.
Press Release January 11, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Steve Keyser 415-686-0668 firstname.lastname@example.org Are Cell Phones Safe? How Teens Can
To quote the film’s creators: “Since 1997 and the onset of GSM telephony, more and more cellular antennas have been popping up in neighborhoods all around the world to support an ever-growing number of cell phone users. In fact they have become so prolific in some parts of the world that they disappear into the landscape with the same subtlety as cars on the street. And those that don’t ‘disappear’ are cleverly disguised as chimneys, flagpoles, or water towers.Full Signal talks to scientists around the world who are researching the health effects related to cellular technology; to activists who are fighting to regulate the placement of antennas; and to lawyers and law makers who represent the people wanting those antennas regulated. Filmed in ten countries and six US states, Full Signal examines the contradiction between health and finance, one of the many ironies of the fight to regulate antenna placement.”
For more information about the film and screenings — including information about this Wednesday’s screening in Santa Fe — go to www.fullsignalmovie.com.
Washington, D.C. – In a Declaratory Ruling (“Ruling”) adopted today, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) cleared the way for broadband deployment by establishing timeframes of 90 days for collocations and 150 days for all other tower siting applications reviewed by state and local governments. This action will assist in speeding the deployment of next generation wireless networks while respecting the legitimate concerns of local authorities and preserving local control over zoning and land use policies. Read more here. For those who wish to view the FCC Commissioners’ deliberations today, here
is the link: http://www.fcc.gov/openmeetings/2009_11_18-ocm.html
He will be interviewing Alan Marks, who has brain cancer; Mr. Marks’ wife, Ellen; Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh and also founder of the Environmental Health Trust; and, Dr. Joell Moskowitz, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Check here for local listings.
Listen to the Voice of America radio report on The EMR Policy Institute’s Conference on Electromagnetic Radiation Impacts on Human Health that took place on November 8, 2009 at The School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Listen here. If this doesn’t work, go to www.krccnews.org, then scroll down to older posts, and look for Friday, Nov 5, 2009. Also, the KGNU Science Show version is archived at: kgnu.org Go to the “listen to” and “listings” options. Then choose the day Tuesday, November 3, 2009 and the show “How on Earth” (KGNU Science Show)
The purpose of the conference is to share the expertise from many of the worlds leading international scientific experts on the biological effects of microwave radiation and to develop policy recommendations to find a safer way forward in order to protect public health from exposure to emissions from mobile phones, phone masts, Wi-Fi, DECT phones, WIMAX and other forms of wireless technology. Read more here.
Contact: Eileen O’Connor Director, Radiation Research Trust (UK) email@example.com o. 0121 351 2437 Sissel Halmøy Senior Advisor, Norges Miljøvernforbund, firstname.lastname@example.org Olle Johansson,
Ms. Sage talks about the World Health Organization (WHO) Interphone study intended to set international standards for wireless exposure levels. Although not officially published, it appears that the study has concluded that there is a significant risk for brain tumors from cell phone use. This is far stronger than anyone expected.
In addition to Interphone learn what it means for cell phone regulation, Ms. Sage takes a critical look at the Environmental Working Group’s recent report on cell phones and what Interphone tells us about the risks from other wireless technologies such as WiFi, PDAs (Blackberries, etc.), and cordless phones.
Monday September 14, 2009 – Senator Arlen Specter will hold a hearing on brain tumors and cell phones before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The witness list can be viewed here. The hearing will convene at a 2:00 PM in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Room 138.
There may be a live webcast of the hearing. If not, there will be a link to video or audio of the hearing a day or two after the event. Check at this link on Monday September 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm for availability: http://appropriations.senate.gov/webcasts.cfm
Washington, D.C. (September 4, 2009) — Are cell phones safe? Mounting concerns about the cancer risks of cell phone radiation will bring experts to Washington for an international conference on September 13-15.
Action Alert September 4, 2009 Washington, D.C. (September 4, 2009) — Are cell phones safe? Mounting concerns about the cancer risks of cell
The Advocate – The great cell phone cover-up may be coming to an end. A new report may finally wake the public up to the brain-cancer risks of cell phones and force necessary preventive measures. A new report, endorsed by a prestigious group of international scientists, finds that there is a risk of brain tumors from cell phone use, that industry studies underestimate this risk, and that children have much greater risks than adults. The report, therefore, sends a message to four billion users worldwide and to the $4 billion cell phone industry that they may be facing the same kind of bad news that first burst on the scene for the tobacco industry. Read the full story.
The Advocate By Herb Denenberg, The Bulletin The great cell phone cover-up may be coming to an end. A new report may
Watch a YouTube Introduction August 25, 2009. A new report, “Cellphones and Brain Tumors: 15 Reasons for Concern,Science, Spin and the Truth Behind Interphone,” was released today by a collaborative of international EMF activists. Groups affiliated with the report include Powerwatch and the Radiation Research Trust in the U.K., and in
the U.S.,The EMR Policy Institute, ElectromagneticHealth.org and The Peoples Initiative Foundation. Click here to download the report. Read the full press release here.
PRESS RELEASE Contact: USA – Lloyd Morgan Tel. 510 841 4362 Email: email@example.com UK - Alasdair Philips Tel. 01353 778422 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cell Phones in Classrooms as Educational Tool?
Please read and forward to others who might be able to sign on to this Sprint sponsored discussion on selling cell phones to schools for students to use as an educational tool in the classroom.
The marketing to cash strapped schools is strong right now and one wonders what motivates school districts to seek additional revenue to pay for new wireless digital technology when teachers are being laid off and many programs and services are being eliminated.
Your participation in this program would provide a public venue where questions about health can b e raised on behalf of children, youth and school personnel. Click here to read more.
Wireless Technologies Cause Harm to Children and Adults, Legislators and Journalists Are Told Washington, D.C., June 30, 2009; Today The National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (“NISLAPP”) mailed a report on the health hazards of wireless technologies to Governors, Members of Congress, President Obama and his Administration, as well as to thousands of health and environmental journalists. Click here to read the NISLAPP report. Additional information on the report can be found at www.electromagnetichealth.org.
“Disturbance of the immune system by electromagnetic fields — A potentially underlying cause for cellular damage and tissue repair reduction which could lead to disease and impairment,” a review by Dr. Olle Johansson, published in the Journal PATHOPHYSIOLOGY. Click here to read Dr. Johansson’s study.
New study on cell phones concludes that there is adequate epidemiologic evidence to suggest a link between prolonged cell phone usage and the development of an ipsilateral brain tumor. Click here to read more.
Action Alert — Urge Congress on EMF Safety – Petition Now! Let’s band together and create change! Exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields are obsolete, and we are asking you to take action so our health, and the health of our children and unborn children, is no longer subject to the biological effects of excessive levels electromagnetic fields. Please Sign Electromagnetic Health’s Petition to Congress. Click here to read more.
Action Alert February 18, 2009 Contact: Virginia Hines info@EMRNetwork.org Subject: Urge Congress on EMF Safety - Petition Now! Let’s band together and
Action Alert — Industry Group Seeks to Further Erode Local Control of Wireless Antenna and Tower Siting.Send Comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by September 29, 2008 Click here to read more details.
Action Alert Updated September 26, 2008 Contact: Virginia Hines info@EMRNetwork.org Subject: Wireless Industry Association (CTIA) Seeks to Pre-empt Local Control of Wireless
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Pitt’s Cancer Institute warns staff about possible cell phone risks. The head of a prominent cancer research institute issued an unprecedented warning to his faculty and staff Wednesday: Limit cell phone use because of the possible risk of cancer… Click to read the whole story
From: Chellis Glendenning, Chimayo, NM
“Our county commission passed a 9-month moratorium. It was a wildly satisfying meeting in which our perspective reigned, we were truly listened to… Our group also raised enough money in $10 donations to hire the US Supreme Court/Arroyo Seco lawyer to talk to the county lawyer and we’ll see what comes of that. The county is motivated. Meanwhile, the New Mexican offered us a full page of Letters to the Editor with photos on the Sunday before Good Friday, and we’re filling it… On that Sunday, you will be able to see it at www.freenewmexican.com.
At least I hope you’ll see it via that venue. There’s a difference between freenewmexican.com and a paid online subscription. The village is glutted with NO TOWER signs made by our local sign maker. That’s our news… Che”
Cell Phones and Your Health: The Radiation Question – The Sun-Sentinel, a major Florida newspaper, featured a series of stories on”Cell Phones and Your Health: The Radiation Question”. You can access them at this link
Tower erected in historic Chimayo, New Mexico – Residents of Chimayó, including members of the Chimayó Council on Wireless Technology, were surprised by the construction of a T- Mobile wireless tower at a sensitive location both in relation to the health effects caused by the emission of non-ionizing radiation and damage to the value of the historical and scenic ambience of their traditional community. The tower was erected around February 1 and went on online March 24. The T-Mobile tower looms over the Benny Chavez Community Center which houses the Chimayó Senior Center, provides space for many community gatherings, and hosts a playground.. The Chimayó Conservation Youth Corps is housed not far down the road at the Manzano complex. Within a short walking distance of the tower are the Presbyterian Church, El Buen Pastor, and the Interfaith LEAP Center that provides interdenominational health and social services.
Chimayó’s citizens are proud of their history and unique natural setting with its special historical and cultural features. The tower degrades the beauty of the cerros that cradle the Chimayó valley to the east and the historical value of the nearby Plaza del Cerro, the only complete fortified colonial Spanish plaza still remaining in northern New Mexico. The Chimayó History Museum is housed in the Plaza. The Ortega Weaving Shop, where local weavers have sold their craft for generations, is even closer to the tower. And one views the structure as one approaches the sacred pilgrimage Santuario church, both from the western and southern routes.
Chimayó residents and their representative organizations were not adequately consulted by the T-Mobile company when plans were afoot to construct this tower. Alarmed by the tower and plans for additional towers, local citizens want the tower removed.
Citizens Group Challenges FCC Refusal to Investigate Health Effects of Broadband Transmissions. Washington, D.C., — A group of scientists, engineers, and community leaders has asked the D.C. Court of Appeals to order the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to initiate scientific research into the health effects of wireless transmission of 3rd Generation (3G) digital signals from the increasing level of broadband technologies and other radiofrequency (RF) transmitters in residential communities and areas near schools and hospitals.
The EMR Network (EMR) petitioned the FCC 3 years ago to open an inquiry into current environmental impacts of RF radiation. Last August the FCC denied the request, disclaiming any responsibility. EMR filed its brief seeking to reverse this action late last week.
Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 the FCC has sole jurisdiction to determine acceptable levels of RF radiation in populated areas. Its present guidelines were developed almost 20 years ago. Citing the increasing number of international studies finding biological effects from RF radiation, EMR asserts that the FCC is obligated to review its obsolete guidelines without further delay.
Whitney North Seymour, Jr. is providing legal counsel for this appeal pro bono. His legal career has included private practice, a term as federal prosecutor for New York, and public interest work with a particular interest in environmental law, having co-founded the Natural Resources Defense Council in 1969.
“EMR is requesting the Court to reverse the Commission’s dismissal Order and require the FCC to issue a Notice of Inquiry about the need to revise its Rules concerning the environmental effects of RF radiation,” states Janet Newton, President of The EMR Policy Institute, who assisted in preparing the appeal brief file last week. “Given the explosion in the past decade of RF radiation-dependent technologies that are in continuous operation throughout our environment, the FCC must shoulder its statutory responsibility and take a NEPA-compliant “hard look” to protect the public interest in this evolving public health question, especially in light of the fact that other regulatory agencies – EPA and FDA – have been largely defunded in their fiduciary roles”
March 2003 Fact Sheet entitled, “Studies on Radiofrequency Radiation Emitted by Cellular Phones,” from the National Toxicology Program/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NTP/NIEHS). The NTP is in the design phase of a number of studies to be conducted on Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR); this fact sheet describes the status of NTP research efforts.
The New York City Department of Education is considering a proposal to rent space on public school properties as sites for wireless communications facilities, i.e., mobile phone antenna base stations. Glenn Encababian of the Bronx is spear-heading the effort to inform parents and elected official about this proposal and about the debate over possible health risks from exposure to radiofrequency radiation emitted by these antennas. For more information, send e-mail to: EMR Network
Elected officials and parents have sent letters to Chancellor Joseph Klein questioning the wisdom of this proposal. Letters have been sent by:
Note especially the February 6, 2003, Press Release from Ruben Diaz Jr., New York State Assemblyman for the 75th District in Bronx County. In this Release Mr. Diaz announces legislation he has drafted to be introduced in this session. The Legislation prohibits: “the placement, erection or construction of a wireless communication facility on school grounds or buildings.”
Parents’, students’ and community opposition to placement of AT&T cell phone antennas on Sullivan Heights High School in Surrey, BC prevails. This account comes from Milt Bowling, coordinator of Canada’s Electromagnetic Radiation Task Force and board member of The EMR Network. Milt participated in the public hearings.
The suit alleges that the FCC violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act by allowing 5,820 cell phone towers to be constructed along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. from Tampa, Fla., to Port Isabel in Texas.
The groups say that tens of thousands of migratory birds have been killed by flying into the towers or their support wireless at night and when visibility is poor.
The Health Council of the Netherlands has released a new report recommending the establishment of a “center of expertise” on health effects of electromagnetic fields and also made recommendations for proposed research studies designed to address “important gaps in knowledge and which questions should be answered first to meet public disquiet.” A copy of the executive summary is available in English.
These recommendations are a follow up to the January 2002 report by the Health Council of the Netherlands which issued a review of the current state of scientific knowledge on RF and health issues. In that report, the Council concluded that: “there is at present no reason for concern” and recommended further research be conducted. Source: Reuters
Headaches, nausea, dizziness, short-term memory problems, fatigue, and other complaints resulting from cellular phone use are not due to low-level heating of the brain; instead, they’re apparently caused by the head serving as an “antenna” and brain tissue as a radio receiver, according to two Jerusalem researchers. Zvi Weinberger, a physicist who heads the applied physics department at the Jerusalem College of Technology, and Dr. Elihu Richter, head of the occupational medicine unit at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health, suggested this in the latest issue of the journal Medical Hypotheses. Mobile phones, they explained, “broadcast specifically at frequencies at which the head serves as an antenna and brain tissue serves as a demodulating radio receiver.” Thus, precaution must be taken in the use of cellphones, they wrote. They called for a “reexamination of the assumptions” underlying the US Federal Communications Commission statement that the typical radio frequency exposures to cellphones are safe.
Twenty-two medical doctors of the Interdisciplinary Association for Environmental Medicine (Interdisziplilnare Gesellschaft fur Umweltmedizin e. V. – IGUMED) met in Germany in order to discuss the increasing burdens brought on by high-frequency-radiation (radiofrequency/microwave radiation) and to talk about possible remedies. A result of this meeting is the October 9, 2002, “Freiburger Appeal.” (See excerpts below. Click here for the entire document: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish.) *Spanish version will be posted soon.
“Out of great concern for the health of our fellow human beings do we – as established physicians of all fields, especially that of environmental medicine – turn to the medical establishment and those in public health and political domains, as well as to the public. . . .”
“Since the living environment and lifestyles of our patients are familiar to us, we can see – especially after carefully directed inquiry – a clear temporal and spatial correlation between the appearance of disease and exposure to pulsed high-frequency microwave radiation (HFMR), such as:
Installation of mobile telephone sending station in the near vicinity …
Intensive mobile telephone use
Installation of digital cordless (DECT)telephone at home or in the neighborhood”
On Thursday October 10, 2002, bills were introduced in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to strengthen and reaffirm local control for the siting of Broadcast and Personal Wireless Services (Cellular) Towers and antennas. See the complete text of these bills.
Sixteen scientists participating at the International Conference “State of the Research on Electromagnetic Fields – Scientific and Legal Issues”, which was organized by ISPESL, the University of Vienna and the City of Catania, held in Catania (Italy) on September 13th – 14th, 2002, have published this resolution. These scientists have also agreed to “establish an international scientific commission to promote research for the protection of public health from EMF and to develop the scientific basis and strategies for assessment, prevention, management and communication of risk, based on the precautionary principle.”
Study: Cell Phone Waste Harmful Associated Press / Wired.com- A new kind of cell phone pollution and this one is silent. Within three years, Americans will discard about 130 million cellular telephones a year, and that means 65,000 tons of trash, including toxic metals and other health hazards, a study says. “Because these devices are so small, their environmental impacts might appear to be minimal,” says Bette Fishbein, a researcher at Inform, an environmental research organization, who wrote the report. But, she says, the growth in cell phone use has been so rapid and enormous “that the environmental and public health impacts of the waste they create are a significant concern.”
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has retreated from a grass-roots effort to relax mobile-phone radiation safety guidelines, but the group continues to dismiss non-thermal biological effects that some studies suggest could be harmful to human health.
An IEEE working group made the decision to scrap a preliminary draft of the radio-frequency radiation standard at a meeting with federal regulators in Motorola Inc.’s laboratories at Plantation, Fla. The draft sparked controversy after news reports revealed it would significantly lower radiation exposure limits and eliminate the distinction between workers and consumers. See our original posting below and the EMR Network’s press release.
“THE CHILD SCRAMBLER: What a mobile can do to a youngster’s brain in two minutes.” (Sunday Mirror, December 27, 2001)These are the first images that show the shocking effect that using a mobile phone has on a child’s brain. Scientists have discovered that a call lasting just two minutes can alter the natural electrical activity of a child’s brain for up to an hour afterwards. And they also found for the first time how radio waves from mobile phones penetrate deep into the brain and not just around the ear.
The mobile phone invasion is an unprecedented experiment, pitting market forces against the health of the population, particularly the young. Governments, cashing in on the licencing bonanza, wave through plans for a forest of phone masts. Emissions guidelines are drawn up to minimise costs. Here, The Ecologist looks at the issues, beginning with a damning report which, says David Edwards, points to evidence of a cover-up. It may be good to talk, but why isn’t anyone listening?
A working draft originating from Subcommittee 4 (SC-4) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES), commonly known as SCC-28, proposes a significantly more lenient standard for exposures (see note below) of the general public to radiofrequency and microwave (RF/MW) radiation. The working draft proposes setting a single standard for all segments of the population and would eliminated the fivefold safety factor that presently is used to give children, the elderly and the infirm more protection than workers.
The EMR Network has received communication from Mr. Stanziola, who is employed as the manager, Standards Licensing and Contracts, IEEE Standards Activities, asserting that these draft standards are copyrighted intellectual property. The EMR Network believes that it is in the public interest to inform the public about this document and that it is “fair use” under copyright laws. The posting is not done for commercial purposes.
In a phone call from Dr. C.K. Chou, Co-Chair of IEEE’s SC4 of SCC-28, the EMR Network has been informed that this draft revision should not be attributed to any IEEE committee or subcommittee. It is a working draft that is subject to change. There has not been any deliberation by any committee members on this proposal as yet. The meeting for those deliberations scheduled for Sept. 13-14, 2001, at the FCC in Washington, DC, was postponed due to the terrorist attacks. That meeting has been rescheduled for January 10-11, 2002.
It’s time to write to your members of Congress and request that they cosponsor the legislation proposed by Senator Leahy and Jeffords of Vermont, Congressman Sanders of Vermont and Congressman Tancredo of Colorado on radiofrequency/microwave (RF/MW) radiation health effects research, and strengthening local authority for siting of mobile phone and broadcast facilities. Go to Action Alert.
As you’ll read, Ms. Devlyn knows whereof she speaks. She places Jim Jeffords’ decision to become an independent in its correct historical and personal context. Peg Devlyn, author of “Independent Jeffords.” This commentary was written for Vermont Public Radio and aired on 29 May 2001. Permission was granted to the EMR Network to distribute Ms. Devlyn’s “Commentary” on June 1, 2001.
Go to our Regulations page to learn about the new STOA report done for the European Parliament.
THE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF NON-IONIZING ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION – FINAL STUDY – LUXEMBOURG, MARCH 2001
May 9, 2001 The Niki Taylor tragedy amplifies the growing evidence that the Wireless Industry and FCC preemptions over local authority, all in the name of public safety and convenience, are costing Americans dearly. Citizens can no longer let these powerful interests hide behind the public safety shield as they continue to assault communities with wireless infrastructure. Perhaps the good that will come from this and other personal tragedies is the restoration of citizen and community rights to fully protect the health and safety of all and the restoration of the preeminence of state’s rights and local authority as they seek to protect their citizens.
Go to our RFR & Schools to read a 5 April 2001 letter from Dr. George Carlo who directed the Wireless Technology Research (WTR) program, addressed to the Broward County (Florida) School Board outlining the health concerns surrounding children’s use of wireless technology. Broward is currently studying whether to equip its schools with Wireless Local Access Networks (WLAN’s) for its classroom computer systems. WLAN’s radio frequency radiation emissions parallel those of digital cell phones. Broward’s student population numbers approximately 250,000.
“Regina Says ‘No’ to Cellular Tower” by Sara Langenberg Iowa City Press-Citizen
The Regina School Board voted 9-6 Tuesday night to drop consideration of erecting a cellular antenna platform near the high school’s football field.
Now Available – The Electric Wilderness, by Andrew Marino and Joel Ray. San Francisco Press, 1986; 120 pages; preface by Dr. Robert O. Becker; bibliography and index. ISBN 0-911302-55-7.
Written like a novel, The Electric Wilderness recounts the opening battle in the 25-year war over EMF effects. Told from the point of view of biophysicist Andrew Marino, the major scientific witness in a four-year New York State hearing on a 765-KV power line (1974-78), the book is a David-and-Goliath tale that provides important insights into the politics of science in the U.S. B. Blake Levitt, author of Electromagnetic Fields: A Consumer’s Guide, calls the book “a classic of its genre.”
The book can be obtained by sending a check or money order, with return address, to: Electric Wilderness, 96 Besemer Road, Ithaca NY 14850. The price is $20.00, all inclusive.
CNN – A new report bolsters the safety concerns raised by the airline, cell phone and television broadcasting industries on the use of ultrawide band (UWB) wireless technology.
Important new films: PUBLIC EXPOSURE: DNA, DEMOCRACY AND THE WIRELESS REVOLUTION
This 58-minute film is the first of its kind to explore the potential health risks and consequences of proliferating wireless devices and transmitting antennas. The state of the science and needed public policy solutions are reviewed from an international citizen’s rights and consumer advocacy perspective. We talk about what the communications industry prefers not to discuss — how exposure to radiation from wireless communications technology poses a major environmental health threat.
Independent film maker, Len Aitken, now has made 2 documentary films available on our tower fight in the CARE area. Lookout Mountain is a more recent production done after the broadcasters petitioned the FCC to preempt Jefferson County’s zoning denial of the supertower. It includes more interviews with researchers and broadcasters and an admission by the Lake Cedar Group broadcasters that they spent at least two million dollars on the supertower zoning battle. Broadcast Blues is a documentary following a citizen effort to expose the dangers of electromagnetic radiation and prevent an HDTV tower from being built in their neighborhood. Both are produced and directed by Len Aitken-Emmy Award filmmaker. Both are available for $29.95 @ from his company. For further information, please check out the Len Aitken Web site.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation in tandem with the Wireless Telecommunications Industry has published a “How-To” manual that seeks to promote the stealth placement of antennas in and on historic buildings and structures. The selling point is the promise of money for the preservation of historic sites.
Read our EMR Network position letter. Contact the National Trust for Historic Preservation and your own state’s governmental and private historic preservation offices. Let them know they must consider the public health questions of RF/MW radiation health effects before siting antennas in or on historic sites. This issue is time sensitive and needs your immediate action.
Neuroreport – A world-renowned sleep laboratory at the University of Zurich has found that exposing volunteers to digital mobile phone radiation (GSM) for 30 minutes while awake significantly alters their EEG activity after they fall asleep, compared to unexposed controls. These results complement an earlier study at the same lab in which subjects were exposed while sleeping.
The Swiss researchers conclude: “The changes of brain function induced by pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic fields outlast the exposure period.” In an accompanying commentary, Dr. Michael Petrides notes that, “The currently available literature suggests that some aspects of cognitive function and some direct measures of brain physiology may be affected by exposure to electromagnetic fields of the type emitted by cellular telephones. *This research is available as a PDF file on our “Research” page.
The Associated Press MONTPELIER
The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out of a long-running feud in Charlotte over a radio tower whose signal interferes with common household appliances in nearby homes.
The court refused Monday to hear a case in which Charlotte residents argued that local zoning regulations should supercede the Federal Communications Commission’s authority over a 199-foot tower that transmits signals for WIZN-FM, Verizon cellular telephones and local emergency services. Vermont’s congressional delegation vowed Monday to try to fix the problem in Congress.
“We are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s unwillingness to hear the arguments that would have been presented by the citizens of Vermont on the critical issue of local control over the siting of telecommunications towers,” said a statement issued jointly by Sens. James Jeffords and Patrick Leahy and Rep. Bernie Sanders.
The Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment issued a permit in 1987 for WIZN to build the tower on Pease Mountain. But the board said the radio station would have to address any problems that might arise if its signal interfered at nearby homes.
Soon after the tower was completed, residents began complaining that they could hear the signal through their appliances, including telephones and other electronic devices.
The town zoning administrator ruled in 1996 that the tower users were violating the zoning permit because of the interference. That ruling was appealed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which agreed that the permit was being violated. But the board said the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and other federal law gave jurisdiction to the FCC and the town was powerless. Local homeowners turned to the courts and U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions agreed with the radio station that only the FCC had authority. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. “We conclude that allowing local zoning authorities to condition construction and use permits on any requirement to eliminate or remedy … interference ‘stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress,”‘ the appeals court said, quoting an earlier court ruling. By its refusal to hear the case Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the appeals court.
Government Responds On Mobile Phone Report Accounting Web June 29, 2000.
The Government has published its response to the Mobile Phone and Health report from the independent expert group (Stewart group). It accepts the conclusions of the risk assessment of mobile phone technology set out in the report and agrees, in line with the recommended precautionary approach, that the emissions from mobile phones and base stations should meet the ICNIRP guidelines for public exposure as recommended by the EU Council. On the use of mobile phones whilst driving the Government is relying on publicity campaigns but is open to strengthening legislation if the police need further powers to enforce the law on this. The Chief Medical Officer will be discussing with the Stewart Group how best to ensure that parents are aware of the recommendations concerning the use of mobile phones by children. Exclusion zones and controls over base stations near schools are also being considered. Lobby groups will be encouraged to see that the Government agrees that shielding devices and hands-free kits should be independently tested and carry clear information about their effectiveness. The overall conclusion is that there is an urgent need for further research into the potential health effects of mobile communications equipment. The Government is commissioning a comprehensive programme of research costing several millions of pounds, which will result in further research findings emerging over the next few years. As wireless technologies expand and 3rd generation phones come on stream this work will specifically encompass emerging radio-based technologies as well as current equipment.
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