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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.

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