From Libby Kelly:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ”“ JULY 9, 2007 ”“ Page 1 of 2Â SAN FRANCISCO NEIGHBORHOOD ANTENNA-FREE UNION
Contacts:Â Doug Loranger ”“ (415) 885-1981, firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ Â Â Â Â Nancy Evans ”“ (415) 285-7267, email@example.com
REPORT WARNS OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISKS OF GOOGLE/EARTHLINKÂ WIFI NETWORK
A report filed by the San Francisco Neighborhood Antenna-Free Union (SNAFU) withÂ the San Francisco Board of Supervisors warns of potential adverse health andÂ environmental impacts that could result from a proposed Google/Earthlink WiFi network.Â Â Dr. Magda Havas, an environmental scientist at Trent University in Ontario, Canada,Â prepared the scientific analysis of the project, which SNAFU submitted in support of itsÂ appeal challenging Mayor Gavin Newsom”™s citywide WiFi proposal.Â The Board ofÂ Supervisors will hear SNAFU”™s appeal on July 10, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall.
“SNAFU is requesting that the proposed Google/Earthlink WiFi network undergoÂ environmental review before it is approved due to our concern about adverse health andÂ environmental impacts,” said Doug Loranger, a SNAFU spokesperson.
Dr. Havas, who specializes in electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure health effects, writesÂ that while there have been no studies to date on the effects of exposure to WiFi, theÂ potential for harm can best be seen by examining the scientific evidence emerging fromÂ studies in Europe, Asia and elsewhere on people living near cell phone antennas.Â TheseÂ studies report adverse biological and health effects at radiofrequency radiation (RFR)Â exposures well below levels the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says areÂ safe.Â Â Â Â Â Havas”™ report discusses a number of health effects that have been documented at levelsÂ below the FCC exposure limit, including headaches, insomnia, memory loss, slowedÂ reaction time, impaired motor function, DNA breakage and childhood leukemia.Â TheseÂ effects occur at levels constituting a small percentage of the safety threshold set by theÂ FCC under its RFR exposure guidelines.Â Havas also points out that the FCC guidelinesÂ are based on short-term exposures (30 minutes) and do not take into consideration theÂ long-term exposures characteristic of a citywide WiFi network.
A study prepared by certified engineer Mitch Maifeld of Zenzic Research also submittedÂ with SNAFU”™s appeal calculates the potential RFR exposure levels of the WiFi antennasÂ proposed by Google/Earthlink.Â Maifeld prepared calculations based on exposures toÂ residents living in close proximity to the antennas, which would be mounted on light andÂ utility poles in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco.Â According to Havas, theseÂ calculations reveal that residents may be exposed to radiation levels high enough toÂ potentially induce adverse health effects.
In scientific terms, the Google/Earthlink antennas could expose residents to RFR levelsÂ more than 50 times higher than levels associated with a significant increase in headaches,Â sleep disturbances and dizziness detected in a study conducted in Spain.Â According toÂ Maifeld”™s calculations, wireless laptop users could expect exposure levels from aÂ combination of antennas and laptop more than 350 times greater than the levels in theÂ aforementioned Spanish study.
Havas”™ findings reveal a major lapse in public health protection offered by the FCC RFRÂ exposure guidelines.Â Her report shows that health effects in the scientific literatureÂ appear at levels almost 10,000 times lower than those permitted by the FCC.Â Havas”™Â opinions are shared by scientists worldwide who have signed the Benevento Resolution,Â which recommends “proposals for city-wide wireless access systems (e.g. WiFi orÂ equivalent technologies) should require public review of potential EMF exposure.”Â (SeeÂ www.icems.eu.)
“Because the City and County of San Francisco is acting as a proprietor and party to aÂ contract with Google/Earthlink and not in its regulatory capacity, it is not preempted byÂ the Telecommunications Act of 1996 from fully considering the health issues as it isÂ when cell phone carriers seek to place antennas in the City,” Loranger added.
Nancy Evans, a health science consultant with the Breast Cancer Fund, said, “We areÂ calling upon the Board of Supervisors to apply the Precautionary Principle, which is aÂ City ordinance, in addressing our concerns by conducting an environmental study beforeÂ any decisions are made.”Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Copies of the Havas and Maifeld reports, along with SNAFU”™s appeal, may be found atÂ the Council on Wireless Technology Impacts (CWTI) website at www.energyfields.org.
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