FCC: 98 Scientific Experts Demand Stronger Regulation of Cellphone Radiation
Of the more than 950 submissions to the FCC regarding its outmoded, 18-year-old cell phone radiation regulations, almost all call for stronger regulation. Most cite research that finds cell phone radiation harmful to humans.
PRLog - Aug. 4, 2014 - BERKELEY, Calif. — In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) request for input regarding its radiofrequency radiation regulations adopted in 1996, more than 950 individuals and organizations submitted thousands of testimonials, research papers and scientific publications. Almost all of these submissions supported the need for stronger cell phone radiation regulations.
The submissions included four resolutions signed by scientific experts who have published research on wireless radiation and health in scientific journals. These resolutions call on governments to issue stronger regulations on wireless radiation, especially cell phone radiation.
The four declarations were signed by 98 scientists from 23 nations between 2002 and 2014. A list of the scientists who signed these petitions can be found on my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site at http://www.saferemr.com/ (“Part III: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations—98 Scientific Experts Who Signed Resolutions”).
In addition to these four resolutions, numerous individual experts submitted written testimony to the FCC calling for stronger regulation of cell phone radiation.
With the exception of submissions from wireless industry corporations and associations, virtually all of the submissions to the FCC including those from various government agencies demand that the Federal government strengthen cell phone regulations to protect public health in the 21st century.
Current regulatory standards only protect us from thermal or heating risks; yet, many hundreds of laboratory studies have found that low-intensity, non-thermal exposure to cell phone radiation can promote carcinogenic mechanisms. Moreover, research on humans has found that 25 years of mobile phone use is associated with a three-fold risk of brain cancer.
The World Health Organization has classified cell phone radiation as "possibly carcinogenic" to humans, and the European Environmental Agency and fifteen nations have issued precautionary health warnings about cell phone radiation and recommendations on how to reduce risks. Nonetheless, the wireless industry in the U.S. has vigorously opposed precautionary health warnings. Furthermore, the wireless industry has lobbied to weaken the Federal cell phone radiation standards to correspond to those established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), a self-appointed, non-profit organization consisting of 13 voting members.
I have posted to my Electromagnetic Radiation Safety web site a list of key submissions to the FCC that reflect the industry position as well as the experts’ testimony (“Part I: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations—Key Testimony Submitted to the FCC”). Part I also contains links to the four expert resolutions.
Part II contains links to published research papers, monographs and reports on wireless radiation and health that can be downloaded from the FCC’s website (“Part II: Why We Need Stronger Cell Phone Radiation Regulations—Key Research Papers Submitted to the FCC”).
A publicly-available archive of all documents submitted to the FCC can be found at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_search/execute?proceedin....
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D.
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
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