• 10 NOV 09
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    #1151: The Porto Alegre Resolution

    From Eileen O’Connor, Radiation Research Trust:

    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

    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.

    [1] ICEM”™s Benevento Resolution (2006) and Venice Resolution (2008)
    [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 March 2009, and is the only peer reviewed scientific journal
    referenced on this list. It is now available online at
    [4] International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection www.icnirp.de
    [5] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. www.ieee.org.
    For further information, please contact info@icems.eu.

    Signed by:
    Franz Adlkofer, Prof. Dr. Med., Verum Foundation, Germany
    Carl Blackman, PhD., CFB, USA
    Martin Blank, PhD. Prof. Columbia Univ., USA
    Devra L. Davis, PhD , MPA , Founder, Environmental Health Trust, USA
    Om P. Gandhi, Sc.D. , Univ. of Utah, USA
    Elizabeth Kelley, M.A., Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, USA
    Michael Kundi, PhD. , Medical Univ. of Vienna, Austria
    Henry Lai, PhD., Univ. of Washington, USA
    Leif Salford, MD, PhD., Lund Univ., Sweden
    Carlos E. C. Abrahão, M.D. , Campinas, SP, Brazil
    Adilza C. Dode, M. Sc., MRE, MG, Brazil
    Claudio R. Fernández, M. Sc., IFSUL, Pelotas, RS, Brazil
    Robson Spinelli Gomes, Dr., MP/RJ, Brazil
    Sergio Koifman, M. D., ENSP/Fiocruz, RJ, Brazil
    Renato R. Lieber, Dr., UNESP, Guaratinguetá, SP, Brazil
    Anaiza H. M. Miranda, Public Official, Ministerio Publicia, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
    Ana Maria M. Marchesan, Public Official, Ministerio Publica, Rio do Sul, Brazil
    Alvaro A. de Salles, Ph.D., UFRGS, RS, Brazil
    Solange R. Schaffer, M.Sc., Fundacentro, SP, Brazil
    Cintia Schmidt, environmental lawyer, OAB/RS, Brazil
    Helio A. da Silva, Dr., UFJF, MG, Brazil
    Francisco de A. Tejo, Dr. , UFCG, Pb, Brazil
    Geila R. Vieira, M.D., CGVS/SMS, P. Alegre, RS, Brazil
    Additional scientists signing on to the Porto Alegre Resolution after September 15, 2009:
    Rodrigo Jaimes Abril, Vice Dean, Electrical Engineer, National University of Colombia, Bogota, Col.
    Betânia Bussinger, M.D., Biological Effects of Non Ionizing Radiation, UFF, RJ, Brazil
    Simona Carrubba, PhD, Louisiana State Univ. Health Science Center, Shreveport, La, USA.
    Christos Georgiou, PhD., ICEMS, Prof. Biochemistry, University of Patras, Greece
    Magda Havas, PhD. Prof. Environmental Science, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
    L. Lloyd Morgan, Electronics Engineer (retired), USA.
    Wilhelm Mosgoeller, MD, Prof. Medical University of Vienna, Austria
    Jerry L. Phillips, PhD. Prof. Dir. Science Learning Ctr. Univ. Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA.
    Nesrin Seyhan, PhD., ICEMS, Prof. Medical Faculty of Gazi University, Chair, Biophysics Dept. –
    Turkey Rep/WHO EMF IAC, Panel member, NATO RTO, HFM, Turkey
    David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD. Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Univ. Pittsburgh USA
    Stanislaw Smigielski, MD, ICEMS, Military Institute of Hygiene & Epidemiology, Poland
    Stelios A Zinelis MD, ICEMS, Hellenic Cancer Society, Cefallonia, Greece
    Other signers who are advocates, organizations or members of the general public:
    Dea Emilia Carneiro de Andrade, Sou Presidente do Comitê de Cidadania Comissão Justiça e Paz
    – da Arquidiocese de Juiz de Fora “” MG, Brazil
    Jose Maria Tiburcio Barroso, engineer, Niteroi, RJ, Brazil
    Elizabeth Barris, Director, The Peoples Initiative Foundation, USA
    Elaine S. A. Cabral, M. Sc., Education, Environmental Law; member, Human Rights Commission –
    of Attorney Association-OAB, J. de Fora, MG, Brazil
    Kerry Crofton, PhD, Health Educator, Canada
    Sergio A. Pereira De Borja, Prof. Direito Constituciona, PUC/RS e da Instituicones de Direito, UFRGS
    Bill Curry, PhD. Physics, ret. Argonne National Labs, Board Member, EMR Network, USA
    Frances Fox, Psychic Counselor, Florida, USA
    Cristiano M. Gallep, Prof. Dr., DTT, Unicamp, Brazil
    Carol C. Georges, PhD. Psychologist, Italy
    Margaret M. Glaser, USA
    Andrew Goldsworthy BSc PhD, Lecturer in Biology (retired) Imperial College, London, UK
    Sissel Halmøy, Principal advisor electromagnetic radiation, Norges Miljøvernforbund, Norway
    Dr. Carrie Hyman, L.Ac., O.M.D, USA.
    John Kristensen P. Biol., VP Technical, RETA (Responsible Electricity Transmission for Albertans),
    – Alberta, Canada
    Ellen Marks, Lafayette, California, USA
    Zack Marks, CEO, The California Brain Tumor Association, USA
    Sandi Maurer, EMF Safety Network, California, USA
    Luiz Roberto Santos Moraes, Professor Titular em Saneamento, Universidade Federal da
    – Bahia, Brazil
    Eileen O’Connor, Director, Electromagnetic Radiation Research Trust, UK
    Jorge Panazio. Telecommunications Engineer, MCT (retired), Brazil
    Luiz Jacques Lüderitz Saldanha, Porto Alegre, RS/Brasil.
    Rodrigo Borsu de Salles, Economist, Porto Alegre, Brazil
    Fanny Helena Martins Salles, psychologist, public official, Prof. University of Bage, RS, Brazil.
    Judi Shils, Teens Turning Green, Marin County, California, USA
    Sarah J. Starkey, PhD. Neuroscientist, UK
    Carmen Ruth Stangenhaus, Arquiteta MSc, Associação Brasileira de Materiais e Tecnologias – –
    Ṇo Convencionais РRio de Janeiro РBrasil
    Alex Swinkels, National Platform on Radiation Risks, Netherlands
    Alex W. Thomas, Ph.D, CIHR University-Industry, Chair, Bioelectromagnetics, Lawson Health Research
    – Institute, University of Western Ontario.
    Ana Maria Daitx Valls Atz, Farmacêutica,Porto Alegre/RS, Brasil
    Cesar Nicolau Vargas, Tecg° Eletroeletrônica, Federação Nacional dos Urbanitários – FNU/CUT, Brazil
    Isabel Wilke, Dipl.-Biologin, KATALYSE Institut für Angewandte Umweltforschung e.V., Köln, DE
    Sandra H. Wilkinson, Hamilton Township Residents against Pensyll Creek Tower, PA, USA
    To request that your name be added to this Resolution as a scientist, advocate, organization or
    member of the general public, we welcome you to notify ICEMS at info@icems.eu.
    Please indicate your name, title, affiliation, city and country (1-2 lines at most.)

    Kind Regards,

    Eileen O’Connor
    Radiation Research Trust
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