• 26 SEP 09
    • 0

    #1132: The Porto Alegre Resolution

    From Elizabeth Kelley, ICEMS:

    Dear Colleagues and Interested Parties,

    On behalf of the sponsors and organizers of the “International Workshop on Non-Ionizing Radiation, Health and Environment” which took place on May 18 and 19, 2009, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, we announce the release of the Porto Alegre Resolution. It was initially dated September 15, 2009. This resolution presents the most recent scientific consensus view on the state of EMF science and gives their call for public policy and other solutions. See resolution attached and inserted below.

    Dr. Alvaro A. de Salles and Dr. Geila Vieira, MD were the lead organizers. The conference sponsors included the Pan American Health Organization, the Brazilian Health Ministry and the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety.

    For more information on the Porto Alegre conference, including a complete record of the proceedings, see www.icems.eu under “Workshops.”
    This resolution and a video recording of the entire conference will be added to the ICEMS website soon.

    We invite concerned scientists, advocates, organizations and any members of the general public who want to support this resolution by adding their names to contact ICEMS at info@icems.eu

    Regards,

    Elizabeth Kelley, M.A. International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety www.icems.eu info@icems.eu

    ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    The Porto Alegre Resolution

    We, the undersigned scientists, were honored to participate in a workshop organized by the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and the Public Ministry of Rio Grande do Sul and sponsored by the Brazilian Health Ministry, the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety, the Porto Alegre Environmental Council (COMAM/PA), the Rio Grande do Sul Center for Health Vigilance (CEVS/RS) and others, entitled, “International Workshop on Non-Ionizing Radiation, Health and Environment” which took place on May 18 and 19, 2009, in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
    This resolution follows several international resolutions agreed to by concerned scientists and medical doctors over the past decade, including resolutions developed by the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety [1], based on evidence and consideration on documents such as the BioInitiative Report [2] and a special issue of the journal Pathophysiology on electrical and magnetic fields, published in August 2009 [3].

    We agreed that the protection of health, well-being and the environment requires immediate adoption of the Precautionary Principle, which states, “when there are indications of possible adverse effects, though they remain uncertain, the risks from doing nothing may be far greater than the risks of taking action to control these exposures. The Precautionary Principle shifts the burden of proof from those suspecting a risk to those who discount it”, until new scientific discoveries are recognized as the only criterion for the establishment or modification of non-ionizing radiation exposure standards;

    We recognize that, in Brazil as well as all over the world, where there has been an unprecedented explosion in the availability and use of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields for electrical and wireless communications technologies (mobile and cordless phones, WiFi and WIMAX networks, RFID, etc,), as well as major electrical grid and wireless broadband infrastructure changes, this assessment should inform risk management to take proper steps to protect the public from long-term, low-level exposure to extremely-low frequency as well as radiofrequency electromagnetic fields that have substantially increased in the ambient environment in recent years.

    We are concerned about the body of evidence that indicates that exposure to electromagnetic fields interferes with basic human biology and may increase the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. The exposure levels at which these effects have been observed are many times lower than the standards promulgated by the International Commission for Non-Ionizing radiation Protection (ICNIRP) [4] and the IEEE’s International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) [5]. These standards are obsolete and were derived from biological effects of short-term high intensity exposures that cause health effects by temperature elevation and nerve excitation discovered decades ago. Recent research indicates that electromagnetic fields could cause detrimental health effects even at very low levels of exposure. The ICNIRP and IEEE/ICES standards are being supported and promoted by interested parties to avoid precautionary technical planning, precautionary laws, and precautionary advice to the public.

    We are deeply concerned that current uses of non-ionizing radiation for mobile phones, wireless computers and other technologies place at risk the health of children and teens, pregnant women, seniors and others who are most vulnerable due to age or disability, including a health condition known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity. We strongly recommend these precautionary practices:

    1. Children under the age of 16 should not use mobile phones and cordless phones, except for emergency calls;

    2. The licensing and/or use of Wi-Fi, WIMAX, or any other forms of wireless communications technology, indoors or outdoor, shall preferably not include siting or signal transmission in residences, schools, day-care centers, senior centers, hospitals or any other buildings where people spend considerable time;

    3. The licensing for siting and installation of infrastructure related to electrical power and wireless broadband telecommunications, particularly, cellular telephony, Wi-Fi and WIMAX, should only be approved after open public hearings are held and approval granted with full consideration given to the need to apply the Precautionary Principle. Sensitive areas should be avoided to protect vulnerable populations;

    4. Mankind shall be encouraged to continue to discover new means of harnessing non-ionizing electromagnetic energy, aiming at bringing benefits to society, through definition of new standards of human exposure, which are based on the biological realities of nature and not solely on the consideration of economic and technological needs.

    We, therefore, urge all nations to join Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Russia China, the U.S. (for the FCC standard for partial exposure of the head) and other countries and regions that have chosen to adopt a more precautionary strategy, aiming to assure more safety to the public while maintaining good service quality.

    We make an urgent call to all nations to convene a panel of experts, selected from candidates recommended by civil society groups (not only those preferred by the affected industries) to discuss precautionary technology, laws and advice in order to develop policies that reconcile public health concerns with further development of wireless communications technology such as mobile phones as well as electric power transmission and distribution systems.

    Citations:
    [1] Benevento Resolution (2006) and Venice Resolution (2008)
    at www.icems.eu.
    [2] BioInitiative Report www.bioinitiative.org
    [3] A Special Issue of Pathophysiology on the science and public
    health/policy issues regarding Electromagnetic Fields was
    published in March 2009. It is the only peer reviewed scientific journal
    referenced on this list and is available online at: www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09284680
    [4] International Commission for Nonionizing Radiation Protection,
    www.icnirp.de
    [5] Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, www.ieee.org.

    ______________________________________________________________

    Signed by,

    Franz Adlkofer, M.D., Verum Foundation, Germany
    Carl Blackman , PhD, CFB, US
    Martin Blank , PhD., Columbia University, US
    Devra L. Davis, PhD, MPA, University of Pittsburgh, US
    Om P. Gandhi, PhD. University of Utah, US
    Ms. Elizabeth Kelley, MA, Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, US
    Michael Kundi, PhD, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
    Henry Lai , PhD. University. of Washington, US
    Leif Salford , M.D. Lund Univ., Sweden

    Dr. Carlos E. C. Abrahão, medical doctor, Campinas, SP, Brazil
    Ms. Adilza C. Dode, MRE, MG, Brazil
    Prof. Claudio R. Fernández, IFSUL, Pelotas, RS, Brazil
    Dr. Robson Spinelli Gomes, MP/RJ, Brazil
    Dr. Sergio Koifman, ENSP/Fiocruz, RJ, Brazil
    Dr. Renato R. Liber, UNESP, Guaratinguetá, SP, Brazil
    Dr. Anaiza H. M. Miranda, Public Promoter, MP/RJ, Brazil
    Dr. Ana Maria M. Marchesan, Public Promoter, MP/RS, Brazil
    Dr. Alvaro A. de Salles, UFRGS, RS, Brazil
    Dr. Solange R. Schaffer, Fundacentro, SP, Brazil
    Dr. Cintia Schmidt, environmental lawyer, OAB/RS, Brazil
    Dr. Helio A. da Silva, UFJF, MG, Brazil
    Dr. Francisco de A. Tejo, UFCG, Pb, Brazil
    Dr. Geila R. Vieira, CGVS/SMS, P. Alegre, RS, Brazil

    For further information, or to request that your name or the name of your organization be added to this Resolution as a scientist, a member of the general public or as an organization, we welcome you to contact ICEMS at info@icems.eu.

    Leave a reply →

Photostream