FCC PHONES; COMMENTARY via Catherine Kleiber
Please make sure your Congress members hear about the Chicago Tribune discovering cell phones exceed US exposure guidelines! Congress needs to hold the FCC to account for failing to insure cellphones meet guidelines. This is not the first problem with cell phone or cell antenna/ tower compliance that has been found. Phonegate in France is happening, including phone recalls, because the French testing agency found that many French cellphones were out of compliance as people commonly use them, placed in contact with the body (www.phonegatealert.org). The FCC has been informed and done nothing.
Cell antenna have also been found to be out of compliance and the FCC did nothing. A detailed investigation by the EMR Policy Institute showed almost no enforcement of existing FCC RF limits and rampant violations (http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/-1770139.htm). A Wall Street Journal investigation (http://online.wsj.com/articles/cellphone-boom-spurs-antenna-safety-worries-1412293055) reports similar findings with one in ten towers out of compliance and experts concerned that out of compliance towers could be transmitting in the thermal range by around the end of 2015.
Congress should be investigating. The FCC limits do not protect against biological effects, they are only intended to protect against effects caused by heating (thermal effects). That biological effects occur is supported extensively in the scientific literature -- see www.bioinitiative.org, www.EHTrust.org, andwww.EMFscientist.org. However, they do not take into account exposures that occur as a result of multiple emitters. Overlapping exposures are not regulated. Each emitter is regulated independently, so take their fifty fold safety factor - that means that exposures from 50 phones in close proximity could exceed those "safe" levels. Now picture stadiums with tens of thousands of phones and probably a set of stadium base antennas - thermal harm is likely to occur. This becomes especially concerning once you realize that bouncing signals can result in spot heating. Robert Kane, a former Motorola engineer, discusses this in detail in his book Cellular Telephone Russian Roulette (http://microondes.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/robert_c_kane_cellular_telephone_russian_roulette.pdf). Hot spots can occur at the cellular level or they can be larger and result in damage to multiple cells. If those are important cells or this happens enough, damage can be significant, but unlikely to be properly attributed to its cause.
People are already being injured by radiofrequency exposures. Please see www.WeAreTheEvidence.orgfor the stories of many RF-injured individuals. Radiofrequency/microwave sickness results from over exposure to radiofrequency/microwave frequencies. It does not require thermal exposures for people to become over exposed. Thus, the FCC thermally-base RF limits are outdated and inadequate. (See the Solutions page atwww.ElectricalPollution.com for a list of steps to reduce your RF exposure.)
Congress should act! It is time for Congress to task the Environmental Protection Agency with setting biologically-based, population-protective safety limits for all types of radiofrequency exposures, including those from wireless technology. It is important that Congress also provide adequate funding. It is also time for Congress to repeal section 704 of the 1996 Telecom Act so that communities again have the right to fully protect their health and environment.
Please contact your Congresspeople with this information and ask them to act.
Thank you, Catherine
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