• 29 NOV 16

    Has the WHO EMF Project been hijacked by ICNIRP?

    From Lennart Hardell’s blog:

    Has the WHO EMF Project been hijacked by ICNIRP?

    Recently the following appeal has been posted at http://olgasheean.com/who-emf/ .
    Sign this VOTE of NO CONFIDENCE in WHO’s EMF Project ….SNIP

    [Commentary from Lennart Hardell and Michael Carlberg]

    IARC as part of WHO evaluated radiofrequency (RF) radiation in May 2011 and concluded it to be a possible human carcinogen, Group 2B. However, in a fact sheet issued by WHO in June 2011 shortly after the IARC decision it was stated that ‘To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use’.

    WHO has still not acknowledged health risks form RF radiation: ‘No major public health risks have emerged from several decades of EMF research, but uncertainties remain’.

    WHO plans to publish in 2017 an Environmental Health Criteria Monograph on RF radiation. It has been open for comments and parts of our letter to WHO is shown below: SNIP

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    • 19 AUG 16

    Canadian Safety Code 6 inadequacies highlighted in new report

    Excerpt

    Report of the Standing Committee on Health

    HESA 2015 Recommendations on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation and the Health of Canadians
    On Tuesday June 9th, 2015 the Standing Committee on Health, whose mandate is to study and report on all matters relating to the mandate, management, and operation of Health Canada, unanimously adopted the final report into their study of Health Canada’s Safety Code 6. During three full days of hearings spread over two months, the ten MP member panel heard from both sides of the issue including leading scientists and doctors from around the world, Health Canada and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. (Full testimony and recaps can be found further down on this page)
    SNIP

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    • 03 JUN 16

    New paper: The WHO EMF Project: Legitimating the Imaginary of Global Harmonization of EMF Safety Standards

    NOTE: David Mercer, the author of this paper was my supervisor at Wollongong University for my thesis The Procrustean Approach.This is well worth a read!
    Don

    The WHO EMF Project: Legitimating the Imaginary of Global Harmonization of EMF Safety Standards
    DAVID MERCER
    UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
    Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 2 (2016), 88-105

    Abstract (excerpt)

    An important topic for studies of STS and globalization are the ways “global” institutions create
    and attempt to implement health guidelines and safety standards to address risks associated with
    new technologies. In the following discussion this topic is examined through a case study of the
    activities of the World Health Organization’s Electric and Magnetic Field Project (WHO EMF
    Project). EMF exposures are associated with telecommunications and electrical infrastructure,
    most notably high voltage power-lines, radio and cell towers and the use of mobile telephones.
    The controversy over setting international safety standards and health guidelines has simmered
    for a number of decades. The mainstream “regulatory science” position has been that it is
    unlikely EMF’s constitute a significant health risk and therefore minimal regulatory intervention
    or significant precautionary considerations are required. A small but persistent stream of
    scientific studies nevertheless have continued to raise significant health concerns and have led to
    calls for regulators to build stronger precautionary approaches into EMF standards and
    guidelines. SNIP

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    • 04 AUG 15

    SCENIHR’s Procrustean Approach exposed!

    For some months the International EMF Alliance (IEMFA) has been examining the activities of the SCENIHR working group on Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields. This supposedly expert group has given the all-clear to telecommunications technology. What stands out with SCENIHR’s risk assessment process is a striking lack of pluralism and transparency. The analysis by a number of IEMFA members has found that SCENIHR’d expert opinion is strongly biased towards corporate, military and economic interests with a strategic need for wireless techniques.- Or as I would put it, SCENIHR follows a classic Procrustean Approach.

    Following are links to IEMFA’s assessment of the SCENIHR spin.
    SNIP

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    • 15 APR 14

    Critique of the supposedly ‘new’ ARPANSA RF review

    From Dariusz Leszczynski’s blog, Between a Rock and a Hard Place:

    Excerpt

    ARPANSA Report: No epiphany, just déjà vu, all over again
    Gallery
    Posted on April 14, 2014

    From time to time are published new reports, reviewing scientific evidence on possible health risks of cell phone and cell-phone-like radiation. Reading them, I do not experience epiphany feeling but, often, I experience déjà vu feeling. I often have the feeling that the authors of new reports use extensively texts and opinions of earlier reports. It means that instead of duly reviewing also older original studies they rely on the opinions of others.

    This is not a good development. Reading older original studies and evaluating them in the context of new original studies, it may together bring this very welcome feeling of epiphany. Instead, authors of new review reports bring us, readers, often the feeling of déjà vu.

    The just published ARPANSA report is no exception. No epiphany, just déjà vu.

    SNIP

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    • 30 MAR 13

    Two Reports on FCC RF Safety Proceedings

    From the EMR Policy Institute, http://www.EMRPolicy.org

    For Distribution –

    March 29, 2013 – FCC Releases the first report and order, further notice of proposed rulemaking, and notice of inquiry adopted March 27 and released today in ET dockets 13-84 and 03-137 found at:
    http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-13-39A1.pdf

    From Louis Slesin at Microwave News:

    Late today, the FCC issued a package of rules and information requests
    related to RF health and safety. The document is long and complex.
    Learn more about it in our latest Short Take:
    http://microwavenews.com/short-takes-archive/fcc-updating-rfrules

    From Paul Kirby at TR Daily:
    FCC RELEASES LONG-AWAITED
    ITEM ON RF EXPOSURE STANDARDS

    The FCC this afternoon released its long-awaited item opening a proceeding to explore whether it should modify its radio frequency exposure standards. The review will be the first time the FCC has considered whether to reexamine its RF standards since they were adopted in 1996.

    SNIP

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    • 14 SEP 12

    Self-contradicting Norwegian report

    From the blog “Between A Rock And A Hard Place by Dariusz Leszczynski: Posted on September 14, 2012 On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health published a report: “Low-level radiofrequency electromagnetic fields – an assessment of health risks and evaluation of regulatory practice” (full report; English summary). The 204-pages long report

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    • 24 AUG 12

    Another dismissive RF review by Anders Ahlbom and Co. backs ICNIRP RF guidelines

    Anders Ahlbom, former consultant to the tobacco industry and a director of Gunnar Ahlbom AB, a telecom PR firm specializing in environmental and energy regulations (which resulted in Ahlbom being kicked off the IARC panel for this huge and undeclared conflict of interest) -Also see this link- is lead author of a new report that

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    • 23 AUG 12

    RNCNIRP to issue report on Russian RF research

    From the International EMF Alliance: Professor Yury Grigoriev calls for order and the world needs to listen: “Man conquered the Black Plague, but he has created new problems – EMF pollution” The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection has agreed to provide a detailed report for the world containing clear information on the most

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    • 09 AUG 12

    ‘Will the GAO report for the FCC follow the fate of NAS report for the FDA?’

    Commentary from Dariusz Leszczynski: Excerpt: MELBOURNE, Australia, August 9, 2012–In 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration asked the US National Academies of Science to organize a workshop: ‘Identification of Research Needs Relating to Potential Biological or Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Communication’. Presentations at the workshop were invited from leading US and international scientists.

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