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2008 Update
Developments in Public Policy on Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) Exposure

  • First U. S. Congressional Hearing on Cell Phone Safety in 15 Years. Cell Phone Use and Tumors: What the Science Says - Sept. 25, 2008
    • Brain cancers are increasing, particularly for 20-29 year olds. U.S. needs to warn that children should not use cell phones. Witness Ronald Herberman, MD of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Microwave News report
    • EMR Policy Institute assisted staff of Dennis Kucinich, Chair of the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
  • Representative Dennis Kucinich sent a letter asking Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin to consider the potential health effects before voting on an Order that would authorize the use of the “White Space” spectrum for wireless devices operating in the home:

    I call upon the Commission to match its concern for commercial interests with concern for human health of the future consumers of this technology. To that end, I hereby request that the Commission stay its November 4, 2008 vote pertaining to “White Spaces” devices. In the interim, I urge you to immediately take appropriate agency action to consider what RF human exposure guidelines FCC should set to protect the health and safety of the American public before authorizing this technology to be licensed or deployed. I also request that the Commission provide my Subcommittee with a detailed description of the measures FCC has taken to date to ensure public health will not be jeopardized by the auctioning of the White Spaces spectrum, given the scientific concerns and unknowns about RF exposure and the proliferation of new RF exposures that will result.

    We request that you provide these documents as soon as possible, but in no case later than 5:00 PM on Monday, November 17, 2008.
  • The BioInitiative Report: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (ELF and RF). Released August 2007
    • Sign the On-line Petition endorsing the recommendation of The BioInitiative Report for electromagnetic safety. Currently there are more than 2,300 signatures.
  • European Parliament Recommends Stricter Safety Limits for Cell Phones.
  • Most Recent On-line Update on The Interphone Study: October 2008
  • University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Advisory on Cell Phone Safety– effort led by Dr. Ronald Herberman, MD and Professor Devra Davis PhD.
  • CNN Larry King Live - July 29, 2008 show, “Can Cell Phones Cause Cancer?” Dr. Devra Davis PhD of UPMC Center for Environmental Oncology is one of the guest experts. See list of Related Videos provided on the right hand side of this web page.
  • Recommendation to Limit Children’s Use of Cell Phones. Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) April 2008
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council (NAS/NRC) Report: Identification of Research Needs Relating to Potential Biological or Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Communication. January 2008. Some needs and gaps identified at the workshop include: (1) characterization of exposures from wireless devices and RF base station antennas in juveniles, children, fetuses, and pregnant women and (2) evaluation of devices that use newer technologies (e.g., texting, web-surfing). See section: Dosimetry and Exposure.

2008 Opposition Efforts to Industry and FCC Proposals

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