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The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing cell phones.

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The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing cell phones.

Jean Elle reports. (Published Tuesday, May 12, 2015)
Updated at 11:51 PM PDT on Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing cell phones.
The so-called «right to know ordinance» is expected to be challenged by a lawsuit from the cell phone industry.
Ellie Marks with the California Brain Tumor Association wants everyone to think about where they hold their cell phone.
Marks, who believes a cell phone caused her husband to have a brain tumor, has spent years fight for cell phone radiation «right to know» legislation.
«Telling people phones should not be held to the body,» Marks said. «If they do hold them up to their body they are exceeding federal exposure limits.»
Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig is promising to defend the City of Berkeley free of charge if the cell phone industry files a lawsuit.
«I do think cities should be in a position to make sure citizens know about safety standards in place and make their own choice,» Lessig said.
Berkeley’s «right to know ordinance» is expected to pass a required second reading.
If the legislation survives an expected legal challenge, Berkeley will be the first city in the nation to require the warning.

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Berkeley Unanimously Approves «Right to Know» Cell Phone Radiation Warning Ordinance

excerpt of the Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 9.96:

“…Section 9.96.030 Required notice
A. A Cell phone retailer shall provide to each customer who buys or leases a Cell phone a notice containing the following language:
The City of Berkeley requires that you be provided the following notice: To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra when the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation. This potential risk is greater for children. Refer to the instructions in your phone or user manual for information about how to use your phone safely.

B. The notice required by this Section shall either be provided to each customer who buys or leases a Cell phone or shall be prominently displayed at any point of sale where Cell phones are purchased or leased. If provided to the customer, the notice shall include the City’s logo, shall be printed on paper that is no less than 5 inches by 8 inches in size, and shall be printed in no smaller than a 18-point font. The paper on which the notice is printed may contain other information in the discretion of the Cell phone retailer, as long as that information is distinct from the notice language required by subdivision (A) of this Section. If prominently displayed at a point of sale, the notice shall include the City’s logo, be printed on a poster no less than 8 ½ by 11 inches in size, and shall be printed in no small than a 28-point font. The City shall make its logo available to be incorporated in such notices.

C. A Cell phone retailer that believes the notice language required by subdivision (A) of this Section is not factually applicable to a Cell phone model that retailer offers for sale or lease may request permission to not provide the notice required by this Section in connection with sales or leases of that model of Cell phone. Such permission shall not be unreasonably withheld.”

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