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The China Post, 2007/6/2

Protesters organized by the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) staged another public demonstration in Taipei yesterday to demand that the government withhold issuing new licenses for telecommunications base stations.

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Electromagnetic hazards protested

The China Post, 2007/6/2

Protesters organized by the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) staged another public demonstration in Taipei yesterday to demand that the government withhold issuing new licenses for telecommunications base stations.
People from various places around Taiwan and offshore islands gathered in front of the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) to protest the government plan of issuing licenses for setting up WiMAX stations before the concerns about hazards from electromagnetic waves are cleared.

The protesters included victims of diseases triggered from the electromagnetic waves and survivors of families that have had members already die of related illnesses.

They said at a public hearing held at the Legislative Yuan that the National Communications Commission (NCC) under the Cabinet must not give out licenses to erect stations for

WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) services before concrete security and environmental evaluation are conducted.

It is unacceptable that the Cabinet has allocated a huge fund of tens of billions of New Taiwan dollars for such projects while people in advanced nations have stepped up opposition to the building of such facilities, they said.

The electromagnetic wave hazards in Taiwan are much worse as the risks to human body are many times higher than in advanced nations due to the ubiquitous base stations, according to lawmaker Tien Chiu-chin of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and Chen Shu-hua, a researcher at the TEPU.

Other major demands the put forward included the setting of safer electromagnetic wave standards, enacting new regulations to ban the use of mobile phones by people under age 16, and conducting a sweeping safety evaluation of wireless access to Internet on campus before expanding the system.

The government should also prohibit the erection of cellular phone base stations, electric transformer stations and high-voltage power cables near residential areas and schools, they said.

Before prompting government agencies to implement the safety measures, they suggested that people should take steps for their own good.

People may get information and knowledge about the hazards from electromagnetic waves from the Web site htttp://edb.epa.gov.tw/index._eme.htm of the Environmental Protection Administration or the www.tepu.org.tw set up by the TEPU.

Information concerning the locations of the existing base stations is also available.

The branch offices of the TEPU has instruments available on loan for people who want to measure the levels of electromagnetic waves in their apartments or neighborhoods.

Executives at some real estate agencies said consumers should also gather the data from the Web sites before they decide to purchase new apartments.

Other options include checking with security guards or the management committees of residential buildings for the relevant data about possible hazards exceeding healthy standards.

The prices for apartments 100 meters within the vicinity of telecommunications base stations are normally 10 to 20 percent lower than the market prices because of concerns of potential customers, they said.

They added that realty agencies normally shun the cases of selling housing units severely affected by electromagnetic wave hazards to avoid possible legal disputes.

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